La Vuelta a Espana

OTR League

Lead Photo by GomezSport

So we move on to the last Grand Tour of 2019.  The overall OTRL is possibly as open as the overall favourite for the Vuelta and there is still the spot prize to play for for any lurkers or new members out there.  Please join our merry little band!

The final standings for 2018 Vuelta were:

  1.  Simon Yates
  2.  Enric Mas
  3.  Miguel Angel Lopez
  4.  Steven Kruijswijk
  5.  Alejandro Valverde

One thing is for sure, we will not be seeing a repeat for the Yates brothers as neither is riding this year.  Lopez, Kruijswijk and the “evergreen” Valverde are still in the mix and add in Roglic, Carapaz, Quintana (well with TTT on day 1, he may have some minutes to make up right from the start, again), Uran and Majka plus throw in the unexpected and hopefully we are in for some good racing over the next few weeks.

The 9th stage could be key with a short stage of 94,4 kilometres venturing into the Pyrenees over three passes – Coll d’Ordino (17.6 kilometres at 5.4%), Coll de la Gallina (11.8 kilometres at 8.3%) and the final pull up Cortals d’Encamp (13.2 kilometres at 7.3%).  Could be an interesting mix of those going for GC and anyone (Quintana?) going for a solo stage win.  Followed by a rest day and then an ITT which is similar to, but longer than, the TdF ITT any Grimpeur going for a GC is surely going to have to try to gain a shed load of time over, for instance, Roglic.

Time to stare into these crystal balls and make your picks (open from Monday).

Details of the route and riders can be found here.

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Wiscot
Wiscot
September 6, 2019 4:55 pm

Yup, when pros are riding at a snail’s pace, you know it’s nasty. Pogacar is quite the young phenom . . . a lot of new young riders emerging: vdPoel, Van Aert, Evenepoel, Pogacar, Carapaz, Bernal. I think the likes of Nibali, Froome, Cav, Porte, van Garderen, Greipel have had their day – and I don’t mean that to sound disrespectful, but there seems to be a real class/crop of youngsters coming through.

dancollins
dancollins
September 6, 2019 5:23 pm
Reply to  Wiscot

Yea, isn’t it awesome what these young guys are doing. That was quite a stage today! Pogacar certainly looks like he has a great future. Roglic showed something I hadn’t really seen from him too. Nice to see that he didn’t just play “defense”.

chuckp
September 6, 2019 8:33 pm
Reply to  dancollins

Yes, and only one of us has Pogacar in their Vuelta OTR!

Wiscot
Wiscot
September 5, 2019 4:27 pm

Nice win by a wily old vet today. Always happy to see Phil Gil get a win – especially after being left off the Tour squad.

Wiscot
Wiscot
September 5, 2019 4:26 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

I saw that too. I can imagine everyone living in that building when asked, will say “no, no, officer, those are not my marijuana plants. I had no idea they were there!”

chuckp
September 3, 2019 10:54 am
Reply to  Teocalli

On another note … I tried to post in Photos yesterday. Actually posted twice, but neither one is showing up. Don’t know if there’s something you need to do on your end. If you can see what I posted, they are a duplicate and just accept the second one. Thanx!

chuckp
September 3, 2019 11:03 am
Reply to  Teocalli

I just posted again. Seeing anything? Is there a file size limit? The photo is 5.4MB.

Wiscot
Wiscot
August 29, 2019 4:12 pm

Damn. Roche and Carthy out. Bad news all around. Roche was going well and Carthy was looking good.

chuckp
August 23, 2019 11:35 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Good thing I just checked. Changed my OTR picks accordingly.

chuckp
August 20, 2019 11:53 am

The Spanish Hill Climb Championship. In terms of just pure fun, my favorite of the Grand Tours.

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