Tuesday, August 21, 2012

La Vuelta: Roja changes harshly

Jersey de Oro 1981...
worn by Giovanni Battaglin.



The overall leader of the Vuelta wears the Roja jersey, in the past it was known as Maillot amarillo and the Jersey de Oro. Since 2010 it has remained red to differentiate from the Yellow Jersey of the Tour de France...


Simon Clarke takes stage 4!


Today's stage 4, a wild affair with leader Alejandro Valverde crashing out and spending the last 25kms desperately chasing caused him to lose close to 2 minutes and the Roja jersey. Simon Clarke won his first Pro victory as Chris Froome and Purito Rodriguez finished well ahead of Valverde.

Purito wears the Roja jersey with Froome (2nd) and Contador in third overall. Valverde cried foul against SKY for attacking, after his crash, and causing it.

Valverde said,

They didn't have the balls to stop, they chose an unsporting way.

Sky's Juan Flecha, the rider who drove off at the front when Valverde fell said,

Nobody told me to stop and I only heard later that Valverde had fallen.


Vicious remarks? Misunderstanding during the frenzied stage?


Now will there be a Valverde revenge?


Results.


Roja Rodriguez!

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