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    Vuelta a España 2017 - Stage Three (Spoilers Allowed)


    Vuelta a España 2017

    The Time Trialers had their go on Stage One, the Sprinter's theirs on Stage Two; this one is for the Mountain Goats! We leave France and enter Spanish pedel-stomping heaven as we see the first of the mountains.

    Tip: If you ever want to see the Vuelta a España live - travel to Andorra in mid-August, this micro-nation often features in the Vuelta. It will feature in this stage as well - as a lead-in to the peloton's climb of the possibly decisive Cat 2 Alto de la Comella.

    Stage Three: Prades Conflent Canigó / Andorra la Vella 158.5km

    The profile of this stage features two Cat 1 climbs followed by a Cat 2.
    The Cat 2 Alto de la Comella near the end of the stage is where the pundits see the fireworks beginning. An ambitious GC contender might choose to go hard here to test the legs of his rivals and perhaps jump out to a tidy lead - thus gaining an mental edge over the others early on.

    I am curious to see how Nibali does here - does he have the legs to launch an early surprise attack? If so, does Sky just mark him or does Froomie launch a counterstrike of his own? Should be a fun stage if one of the big names decides to light the fuse!

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    it is hard to hold a breakaway lead on a stage like this. but with those hills, something will happen.

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    The warm-ups are done and the first mountain stage of this year's race has begun.

    There will be a new owner of the leaders jersey at its conclusion.
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    How surprised are we to see Thomas DeGendt (Lotto Soudal) in an early breakaway?
    Not much.

    Axel Domont (AG2R La Mondiale) leading them all a merry chase right now.
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    Niemiec and Villella are my prime suspects, along with DeGendt, for doing something at the finish.
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    Villella still pushing, but Sky is killing it to pull back this break, so things are not looking good for the breakaway.
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    Froome and Co. have caught the break, now the GC boys come out and play!
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    Epic ride by Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) to take the stage, but Chris Froome (Sky) goes into red this evening.

    Contador is toasted, Majka roasted, but a number of others like Roche and Chaves are looking dangerous.
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    Froome got the Red because he picked up bonus seconds in the last intermediate sprint as well as for 3rd place. Aru looked better than Nibali on the last climb but it they regrouped on the descent. Chavez is also looking good.
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    Froome dropped almost everyone on a Cat 2 climb on the third day! I am impressed, let's see if this is portends disaster or if some of them can rebound. With 40km time trial to come, these tiny climbers will have to win it in the mountains.

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    Team Sky looks like a machine. IMO, they're more impressive than during TdF.

    While I don't like Nibali, but I give him credit for being the best sprinter of the GCs guys. This guy rides like a classic rider amongst the GC boys, always able to outsprint all of them.

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