We're entering our final week of the Vuelta. The avatar riders have been doing well, earning points for our Fox riders in the studio.
Geniez (AG2R la Mondiale) won stage 12 which has seen Mel earn 100 whole points, giving her a respectable lead, but not a safe one.
In stage 13, we saw Rodriguez (Caja Rural) join a large breakaway and earn 15 points for Sue, and then in stage 15, van Poppel (Lotto NL Jumbo) score a breakaway and therefore 15 points for Rachael P, and Schultz (Caja Rural) join in (since everyone else was) and join the breakaway too, earning 15 points for LauraB.
It's not all 'up' though, someone who shall remain anonymous, chiefly because he/she made a doubly skulduggerous bid for supremacy by ensuring that the entire Caja Rural team tok the wrong side of the roundabout and each lost 15 points. That means Laura B and Sue are back where they started. And PilotP, even worse, is at -15.
Less than a week to go - it could all change. Not least, because Sunday's the last day and that's the day of our first PainCave. Expect fun, frolics, and huge potential for victory.
"Ah, come a little closer. It's the final week, and you might be needing an extra special little lift. Or perhaps you'd prefer an extra special little misfortune for your opponents. I have both.
See this? Oh er, not that. No. THIS! This is no ordinary energy gel - no! THIS right here, any serious doper would give his eyeballs for this. THIS is a souped-up energy gel. It's like the regular sort - but it has POPPING CANDY for an explosive burst of power close to the finish line. This will give you a clear 30 points (the stakes are higher, no?)
STOP! Don't touch that! That's a finely calibrated piece of performance kit. What does it do? Well it's still being beta-tested, but if I pull this lever here.... it flips all the road signs to the opposite direction - perfect if you want to lose the ENTIRE peloton. I agree it's un pochino drastico, but if you want to ensure contract renewal, you're going to need something with teeth, capisci?
Interested? You should be - your opponents are.
£3 gives you an extra explosive energy gel, this will put you 1 point ahead of everyone else.
£5 is the cost for pulling this lever right here, which will make the rest of the peloton follow my switched road signs and go the wrong way. This will reduce everyone else's points by 15.
Interested? Click the orange button below: