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Vuelta al Pais Vasco 2015
Wilier
Vuelta al Pais Vasco 2015

The ultimate preparation race for the hilly classics, the Vuelta al Pais Vasco is here. This race usually has some very exciting stages, where the favourites go all out. So this is definately a race to follow.

Last year's winner, Alberto Contador, isn't participating sadly, but there's still plenty of quality in the field with last year's Giro d'Italia winner Nairo Quintana, former winner Samuel Sánchez, superpuncher Joaquím Rodríguez and many others.

Stage 1
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Stage 2
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Stage 3
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Stage 4
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Stage 5
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Stage 6
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Start List:
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Teams and notable riders:
Tinkoff - Saxo (Majka, Kiserlovski)
BMC (Van Garderen, Gilbert, S.Sánchez)
Sky (Nieve, Sergio Henao, Swift)
Movistar (N.Quintana, Intxausti)
Giant - Alpecin (T.Dumoulin)
Ag2r (Péraud)
Orica - GreenEDGE (Gerrans, Impey, Matthews)
IAM (-)
LottoNL - Jumbo (-)
Astana (Landa, Scarponi, L.L.Sánchez)
Lotto - Soudal (Gallopin, Wellens)
Etixx - Quick Step (Kwiatkowski, Martin, Meersman)
Katusha (Rodríguez, Spilak, Moreno)
Lampre - Merida (R. Costa)
FDJ (Pinot)
Cannondale - Garmin (Talansky, Slagter)
Trek (Mollema, Schleck, Zubeldia)
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA (-)
Cofidis (-)
Edited by Wilier on 06-04-2015 20:01
 
Wilier
Stage 1
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First stage is a hilly stage, even though it's one of the lighter stages. The final climb, with the summit at roughly 13 kilometres from the finish, will probably be deciding. Will there be a sprint with a thinned out peloton, will a group of favourites escape, or will an earlier breakaway make it?
Edited by Wilier on 06-04-2015 14:43
 
Riis123
My favourite weeklong stage race which unfortunately gets caught up in the classics a bit. This years route seems tougher than previous editions and I am especially looking forward to the Aia-stage.

Quintana obvious pick for winner here.
 
Shonak
I hope for a great showing of Wellens and Gallopin ahead of the Ardennes, maybe with a stage win. Kwiatek should be another great contender in the hilly stages that is sorta an automatic Top 3 contender in this race. Purito, Pinot, Mollema, Rui Costa and Van Garderen, lots of good names to challenge Quintana and make it a tough race for Movistar.
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"It’s a little bit scary when Contador attacks." - Tommy V
 
cio93
I know the camera work on a moto is difficult, but I just got a headache from that front group shot atm.
 
Miguel98
Fuck off Henao. Frown
 
Shonak
Tim Wellens Banana


... caught already. Sad
Edited by Shonak on 06-04-2015 16:19
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"It’s a little bit scary when Contador attacks." - Tommy V
 
Omloop
Awfull work by the camera man.
 
Stromeon
Matthews wins, Kwiatek 2nd.

Terrible camera work all round in the last few km there - showing a non zoomed-in helicopter shot with the road hidden by buildings with about 500m to go isn't very helpful Pfft
Edited by Stromeon on 06-04-2015 16:26
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Kiserlovski01
Matthews just way too strong for the others.


Edited by Kiserlovski01 on 06-04-2015 16:28
 
cio93
Stromeon wrote:
Matthews wins, Kwiatek 2nd.

Terrible camera work all round in the last few km there - showing a non zoomed-in helicopter shot with the road hidden by buildings with about 500m to go isn't very helpful Pfft


That is much better than giving your viewers headaches and epileptic seizures as it was the case whenever they switched to the moto on the climb and the run-in.
Edited by cio93 on 06-04-2015 16:28
 
wogsrus
No real attacks on the final climb allowed guys like Reza and Matthews to get over in the front group. Nice win for Bling.
 
Stromeon
cio93 wrote:
Stromeon wrote:
Matthews wins, Kwiatek 2nd.

Terrible camera work all round in the last few km there - showing a non zoomed-in helicopter shot with the road hidden by buildings with about 500m to go isn't very helpful Pfft


That is much better than giving your viewers headaches and epileptic seizures as it was the case whenever they switched to the moto on the climb and the run-in.


True; only tuned in for the last 3km or so but that was enough to get the picture you described Pfft

Anyway, excited for this race as a whole, usually is quite interesting and has a varied parcours (no overabundance of MTFs/HTFs; well designed hilly stages etc), and of course because Nairo is in with a great chance of winning Grin
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Kirchen_75
The moto camera was headbanging like Degenstache during sprint.
 
TimoCycling
Gave me a damn headache.
 
cio93
Stromeon wrote:
True; only tuned in for the last 3km or so but that was enough to get the picture you described Pfft


While I even understand a slightly shaking camera at 80km/h downhill or inside the last k, it was even worse on the hill which was taken at 15km/h at most, and the roads didn't look that horribe.


Kirchen_75 wrote:
The moto camera was headbanging like Degenstache during sprint.


You mean Ciolek. Wink





Sums it up nicely. A bike camera on cobbles would've given a clearer image.
Edited by cio93 on 06-04-2015 17:20
 
miguejack
This will be a fun race to watch. Hoping the best for Rui Costa and Nairo Quintana
Costa ~ Machado ~ Quintana ~ Gallopin
 
cio93
OH MY GOD!

YouTube Video

@9:06

The crash was caused because there apparently were some posts (in basically the middle of the road for sprint circumstances) that they only flagged with safety cones on top of it instead of putting the barriers further in and around them...

That is unacceptable.
We can discuss about bad camera operators all day, that's optional.
But if you can't ensure the safety of the riders and leave such a blatant hazard in the middle of the road with 500m to go, you don't deserve to organize a cycling race ever again.
Edited by cio93 on 06-04-2015 19:26
 
Riis123
I couldn't watch this race due to the bad cameraman. Hopefully it will get better.

On to stage 3, por favor!
 
deek12345
[quote]Riis123 wrote:
I couldn't watch this race due to the bad cameraman. Hopefully it will get better.

yeah thought it was only me, was giving me a sore head.
 
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