GCN’s 2018 Vuelta a España Preview Show | Vuelta a España 2018

GCN’s 2018 Vuelta a España Preview Show | Vuelta a España 2018


– Welcome to the GCN preview
of this year’s Vuelta a Espana, and it is the third and final
grand tour of the season. – That’s right. For some it’s the opportunity
to crown a successful 2018. For others, it’s the last chance saloon to salvage their season
and yet some riders will actually be using this
for preparation for what could well be hardest world
championship in years. – We are going through the key stages to watch in this 2018
edition and the key riders to most of whom are
climbers it has to be so about one and a half
sprinters thrown in the mix and to have the preview we have come to Tapas Revolution in
Bath who will hopefully be providing with some tapas very shortly. Plus wine and some cerveza as you can see. Before we get on to this preview though we would like to tell you
that we once again got daily highlights of the world, just to be good for the Tour de France over on our Facebook
page plus analysis too. So make sure you head over to there to each and everyone of the 21 stages. – Yeah, and stay tune to this one as well because we will reveal who the half the sprinter is very soon. (salsa music) – Well I think it’s about time
to crackle with the route. So it’s Vuelta is the shortest
of all the grand tours at 3,255 kilometers, which
sounds quite far to me. – (laughter) – It starts from the south coast in Malaga and finishing in the
traditional finish in Madrid, where actually there’s
fourth women’s challenges. – Yeah that’s right. According to the Vuelta website, there are eight flat stages. There are two of those that’s
got high altitude finish which is amusing, as long
as you’re not a sprinter. Then there are six hilly
stages, which presumably that means hilly from start to finish, and then five mountain stages
and two time trials as well. – The time trials in fact start in Malaga, as James said, in the
south coast of Spain. It’s just too long, eight
kilometers to classify it as a prologue, but never the less, it will suit the prologue specialists. It’s quite a flowing
course.. not too technical. So that will be exciting to get the Vuelta a Espagna kicked off. And I’ve got a prediction. – Oooh! – Rohan Dennis to take a win
and to go as the lead jersey. – Oooh! – Curse of GCN being rolled
out early on our previous show. Now of the 21 stages, there are actually 46 summits to be crossed,
so categorized times. First of those comes early. It comes on stage two which
second cat climb from the gun. There are then two further
third category climbs in the middle of the
stage and then another one that comes just before the
finish, the Caminito del Rey. – There’s no messing about is there? – Not really. – Bang! Straight in there
to the climbs to stage two. In fact, it’s not long before we get our first mountain top
finish this year’s race which comes already on stage four. There they go up the 12 kilometers Peurto de Alfacar, which
has pendiente of 11%, in the middle section.. so we’re ready. We’re going to see who’s got
legs to win the world tour. – So big shake up could
come in the second week after seven intermediate stages. Then go on to three summit
finishes in the second week. And then they’ve got
really visual perspective of the Lagos de Covad– – Covadonga – ..Covadonga – That’s right mate. – And then they go into second resting. – Your pronunciation will get better. – Really nice backdrop
on the Cosa- Cosalonga? Is that how you say it? – (giggles and laughter) – Lagos de Costa-langa? – Covadonga – Covadonga – Covadonga – Covadonga.. that one. (beep) – Now Lagos de Covadonga
climb, is actually 20 to 25 editions of the world tour and it’s one of the toughest
climbs this year with stretches of up to 17.5%
on the closing stages. And while the averages
says it’s it’s only 7% that lies the fact that there are actually short sections of down hill there. So overall it’s a lot steeper. – Yeah pretty tough
climb that one isn’t it? As James said they go
onto the second and final rest day of the three weeks. Just after that will be the final individual time trials
which is 32 kilometers long. Once again, not too technical
will suit the power houses. There of course, is the opportunity for the better GC time trials
to take some time back, but also for the TT specialists
such as Rohan Dennis again. So we’ll actually go for a stage win. We’ll also talk once again about world championships preparations here because this comes 15 days before the world individual time
trials championships. – Stage 19 is essentially uphill. It starts 170 meters and
rises right to the top in a natural angle and
Andora at 2,025 meters. The steepest part is going
over 13% at the bottom. – They left a play for it
at the GC after stage 9C we’re expecting to see some big fireworks though on stage 20. That’s quite sure and pretty
explosive stage, by the way. There are six categorized climbs, 3 of which peak over 1800
meters above sea level. And in total there are
4000 meters of climbs to be dealt with on that
ultimate day of racing. – That’s right as Dan said
4000 meters in a short stage. It’s just 105 kilometers
long, meaning this could be what we all hope stay 17 of these. Tour De France would be,
massively unpredictable. And given that it’s the
Vuelta where we normally see unpredictable racing,
things are firmly crossed. It’s going to be great! – Yeah, that’s how we see
this big action on that day. Apart from that stage
though, there’s quite noticeable absence of the
short explosive stages which have characterized the world tour for the past few years. However, when you look
at the overall road map, you’ll see the dotted between
the stages are pretty long. There’s a lengthy transfer
on the 2080 route. The ride will be definitely
be hoping the air condition will continues to work on their buses. – Haha! (acoustic guitar music) – So, who are the contenders then? With the absence of last
year’s winner Chris Froome, there’s still a fully stacked
field in this year’s Vuelta. But who are the contenders who
will be battling for the GC? – Well, let’s start with
a home favorite, shall we? Movie star… Now with Alejandro Valverde,
evergreen Valverde, who is as evergreen as,
well, ever, quite frankly. – (laughter) – Now we can expect to
see him up in the top 10. On probably every stage as well, perhaps. – Not everything but the young riders do. – (laughter) Exactly. Now big GC favorite from
that team undoubtfully is going to be Nairo Quintana. Can he regain the form, that
won him the Vuelta in 2016? Win actually came off the
back of a podium in France. I haven’t really seen him perform a grand tour for over a year now. – It’s been over a year now. I think it’s quite a big test for Nairo. See if he could get back to his best. No word as we record this,
about Mikel Landa participating. So we’ll have to wait to see on that. On the score we have Simon Yates, who turns to competition
recently at the Tour of Poland. There he was 2nd place. Took a very impressive win
on the final day of racing. He’ll basically be hoping for
a repeat of his performance minus that quite
incredible fall from grace that he experienced over the
final few days of the tour. And if he doesn’t form that well, there’s Adam Yates, his twin brother. So between them you’d expect
one of them to be up there. – You would, that stage 20 is
going to be a test isn’t it? First time giving a punch at it. – They’re going to be ably
backed up by teammate Jack Haig. We thought he was actually probably one of the stand out riders
of the Giro d’Italia. Then we have Fabio Aru who
won the Vuelta in 2015. But he is on the list as well as one of those people who
can salvage their season. He was particularly miserable in the Giro d’Italia, isn’t it? – That is true. He didn’t look Fab did he? Boom! Haha But Wilco Kelderman of team Sunweb was bitterly disappointed
to miss out on the tour as he crashed at his
national championship. So he will be one that’s chomping a bit. – He will be. He’s quite a dark horse. – He is. – The world to success will carry on. Sticking with Dutchmen, in fact, we also have Steven Kruijswijk
who will represent here. We have LottoNL-Jumbo and he’ll be looking to continue his run of GC resort. I’ve got a little fact for you here. – Go on then. – He has finished in the top 10 of every stage race that
he’s done since March of 2016 at the World At Catalagna. – Great fact Dan – That’s quite some. – Yeah he’ll be back up in the mountains by New Zealand’s George Bennett. They’re quite a formidable duo. – They will, and they’ve got someone else to race against their team. Oooh! Right Vincenzo Nibali
and there’s another rider that was bitterly disappointed this summer and quite right he’s simply angry I think, after his exit of Tour de France, when he was brought off
his bike by a spectator. His form is going to
be questionable though, but let’s face it, no
one in their right mind could ever discount Vincenzo
Nibali at a grand tour. But he has inferred that he is going to be using his preparation for
the world championships. We should definitely seize him. – Write him off at your
parole.. he very well knows. – He’s not going to make the podium Dan. – There are two other
riders on the start line also returning after crashing
out of the Tour de France. Firstly, Richie Porte of team BMC. This is the best chance to
winning grand tour ever. – You keep saying that
about the Tour de France. – And then we’ve also
got team EF Education first powered by.. Cannondale. Sorry it always takes me
awhile to think about that one. They got.. who crashed
out after the route stage. I think those two have
both got a decent chance because they’re injuries from the tour weren’t quite as bad as Nibali’s. – So hopes must surely
lie on the shoulders of Miguel Angel Lopez who has shown formidable forms in the last coming races. But don’t discount his teammate. – That’s right. We’ve also got Thibaut
Pinot of Groupama-FDJ. He’s looking like he’s
coming back into force, having just finished 3rd
at the Tour of Poland. But not only does he have
the hopes of this team, resting on his shoulders, hopes of the entire French nation! – That’s been a long time since
they’ve won the world tour. From memory it was 1995. – Wow! – Took the title here at the world. Thibault Pinot can emulate
his.. this time around, In terms of more riders,
we’ve got Michael Woods who had a a massive performance
this time last year. And also Ilnur Zakarin of team Katusha. We don’t know if they’re
here to prepare for the world or whatever for the GC, do they? – No – He was on the podium last year. – Now before we get on to the sprinters, can you guys believe
that we’ve got this far but we haven’t mentioned Sky yet? – No, quite refreshing, dare I say? .. as well as remarkable
and the reason being, is that despite having won the last four grand tours in a row, they’ve got neither Chris Froome or
Geraint Thomas with them. They’re going to be basically racing the Tour of Britain instead. – That’s right. – So as record this,
they haven’t confirmed their official eight man lineup. But we understand amongst riders they would be doing the world of team Sky. Michal Kwiatkowski, he has
recently won the Tour of Poland. Of course, then we’ve
got David de la Cruz, the home rider for this race. Also the Tao Geoghegan
Hart, who’s really impressed of his climbing so far this year. – Yeah, now I don’t think
anyone’s going to make the podium but that probably means that
at least one of them will. – Right, when it comes to sprinters, on those really explosive stages, it’s really hard to look
past likes of Peters again, who’s returning to the Veulta
since 2015 and he’s going to try to add to the four
stages he won previous. – Will he face the stiff opposition? – He will. – Right, ready for this? He’s going to be up
against Nacer Bouhanni, Jacques and Danny van Poppel. – And? – That’s it! (beep and suspenseful music) – Since we recorded our big preview, a few more teams have
released their rosters, and that means a few more sprinters have been thrown into the mix. Quick Step Floors have
brought Elia Viviani who has had a fantastic year and being the most successful rider this
season, having taken 15 wins. And then, Phil Bauhaus who would
be heading the Sunweb team. Then there’s a new
crowned European champion, Matteo Trentin who’s been brought
along by Mitchelton-Scott. Now, back to you… in the studio.. Actually I’m in the studio..
but it’s back to you in the studio (laughter). – Now it is worth bearing in
mind as we’ve already mentioned that there’s going to be
some riders here that’s using Vuelta Espana to build up for that savage world championship, which comes just after Innsbruck in Austria. I’ve notably avoid to
mentioned Petes again as well given that he’s
already won three on the trot. He can climb.. we’ve seen that before. So maybe this world tour– – I mean he’s going to be hungry for it. He likes the jersey I’m sure. – Yeah, well.. it’s his. World championships rainbow jersey is his and if anyone else wants it, they’re going to have to fight him for it. A fair play. – Have to fight it to be fair. (laughter) – Yeah I’m– – Yeah, of the three of
us, you’re best suited to fight him for it. – (laughter) – Yeah, we’ll put you for it, James. – (electric guitar music) – George Bennett, he
made grand tour victory. (click click click) – The shock of Vincenzo Nibali coming back with a fighting spirit
after his crash at the tour. (click click bang!) – Richie Porte, I’m pretty
sure I wrote off his grand tour chances before the Tour of
France, but I’ve changed my mind. (whip swinging, whack) (electric rock music) – Vincenzo Nibali.. I
think because he’s fresh after he’s crashed Tour de France and also world championship
in his mind.. good shape. (bang bang) – Simon Yates, I’m just praying that he’s going to hold on in that third week. (bang bang gun fire) – I’m going for Richie Porte.. I think it’s about time
Richie has some love. He’s a really nice bloat, and uh, very very strong rider.. AND! He didn’t injure himself
as badly as he thought in the Tour de France.. So.. he’s my man. (click click bang) – My prediction is Yates.. No it’s not, because I
can’t tell them apart. My prediction is actually Vincenzo Nibali because at the Tour de France, he looked like the Nibali of all. He looked strong.. he looked composed. And I think he’s coming in the twilight, really, of his grand tour career. At least I think so, and I think this year he’s got a point to prove.. Go on Nabali! (bang bang) – I think the 2018 Vuelta Espagna… will be won by Michal Kwiatkowski because he’s on the strongest team and I think Sky will release him from .. duties for the world. (sounds of fireworks shooting
in the sky and explosion) – My prediction for the 2018 Vuelta Espana overall victory is Miguel Angel Lopez. Everyone else said Nibali, right? – That’s right. – Angel Lopez (fast gunfires, gun cocking) – Miguel Angel Lopez because
he’ll cover the three weeks in less time than anyone else. (drum roll) – So those are our prediction. We’d like to know yours too. If we missed out on
anybody, certainly comment in the sections below. And by the way… if Emma gets this right, we have all agreed that we would quit GCN. – Yeah that’s right. Now as Dan mentioned in
the beginning of this show don’t forget there are
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that one big admission of the Vuelta Espagna this year is Lou, which angry Lou is particularly
angry about this year. (squeak) – What? No angry Lou?! – Um if you want to see us
racing up hottest climb in Spain, click just down here. – Lagos… de… Covado.. longa – No man. – Covadolonga! – Cough–longa – It’s too late now. – Lagos de Covadonga! I’ve got it! – No, it’s Covadonga