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Cobo set to miss Vuelta España

Peter Cossins
August 2, 2013, 12:33,
August 2, 2013, 13:37
Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, August 2, 2013
Vuelta a España
Juan Jose Cobo (Movistar)

Juan Jose Cobo (Movistar)

  • Juan Jose Cobo (Movistar)
  • Juan Jose Cobo won the 2011 Vuelta
  • Juan Jose Cobo (Movistar)

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2011 winner unlikely to feature among Movistar’s line-up

2011 Vuelta a España champion Juan José Cobo has admitted he is unlikely to make Movistar’s selection of nine riders for the Vuelta España, that starts in Vilanova de Arousa on August 24.

Speaking prior to the start of the Circuito Getxo, Cobo told Vavel Radio his bad news: “I’m not going to ride the Vuelta.”

Cobo, whose appearance in Getxo was his first race since he finished 116th at the Giro d’Italia at the end of May, explained that the Movistar team would be built around Alejandro Valverde, who is targeting a second Vuelta overall victory. He will be supported by Beñat Intxausti and a strong Movistar squad.

“Movistar is a big team, where all of the riders are very good and it’s difficult to gain selection for a Grand Tour,” admitted the 32-year-old Cantabrian. “I wanted to ride it, but I’m not the one who selects the nine riders, that’s down to the team.”

Cobo added he will now “think about an end-of-season campaign without the Vuelta”. This will include an appearance at the Eneco Tour in Belgium and the Netherlands between August 11-18.

Cobo beat Chris Froome by just 13 seconds to the 2011 Vuelta Espana and moved from the struggling Geox squad to Movistar. However, he has failed to reproduce the form that made him a Grand Tour winner. He finished 67th when riding in defence of his title as a co-leader with Valverde in 2012 and has played a domestique’s role this season.


GuyIncognito More than 1 year ago
Final Fantasy lesson #1 If you have a really average Chocobo you can still win a big race if you can get away with doping him to the eyeballs. After that the blood passport people will be on him and you won't be able to do that anymore. So, you can only do it once. Afterwards you should just put the Chocobo to pasture.
Lance, remember Bassons? More than 1 year ago
GIC - Spanish rider in Spanish race, I could agree more with your post. I do feel however he is the last GT winner who doped.
GuyIncognito More than 1 year ago
Now, that's just perpetuating the stereotype that nationality matters in doping. It doesn't.
Lance, remember Bassons? More than 1 year ago
Not stereotyping the country and it's wonderful people at all. But if you mean by stereotyping I'm casting aspersions on the RFEC, UNIPUBLIC and Spanish authorities in general, then yes I am 100%.
ceramiccyclist More than 1 year ago
I don't like to stereotype either, but there does appear to be cultures in which doping appears more acceptable or something they can continue to deny even when caught without any real repercussions. The Spanish and Italian cultures appear to be among these. For an example, consider the difference between the experiences of Valverde, Basso and Ullrich who were all implicated in Operation Puerto. Valverde has returned to the peloton without even so much as a half-baked confession, Basso gave his half-baked confession with a sly smile and then got his job back, but Ullrich was forced into shame, retirement, exclusion and a drip-drip of gradual confession and court cases which are not yet over.
Rosedale More than 1 year ago
It seems to me that the USA also has a culture of doping. Apart from the arch doper Armstrong, the names of Danielson, Vandevelde and Zabriskie come to mind all riding for Garmin, managed by another doper, Vaughters. Then there was Landis, Hamilton ...... Way back in the Olympics the USA cycling team were transfusing blood. This team contained Davis Phinney. Going outside cycling, there is a long list of USA track and field athletes who have been proved to be dopers. Not being a follower of athletics I can't name names. Presumably someone can. So IF Italy and Spain are to be named as countries with a doping culture USA must be added to this list.
Robert Harper More than 1 year ago
Last GT winner I feel genuinely suspicious about!
paultryan2002 More than 1 year ago
Mmm wins the Vuelta and has won nothing else not even a placing,is it any winder people are suspicious of cycling.
SourKraut More than 1 year ago
Cobo. Never been readier and set to miss a race. Best wishes capitan.
Spiff2 More than 1 year ago
I would not be so quick to judge. He suffers from a major depression disorder. Prior to his 2011 Vuelta win, he was basically off the bike for more than a year, talking retirement. During the Vuelta, he was not the team captain and his victory came in one stage, on the climb of the very steep Angliru, where he was maybe the only one with 34x32 gearing (Froome and Wiggins went with 38x32).
deemfingtee More than 1 year ago
Pretty sure Cobo wore 61 which would have made him team captain. You think he crushed everyone because of better gearing!? Let's be honest, Cobo's hematocrit is probably still coming down to natural levels since the 2011 Vuelta. That's how he won.
Spiff2 More than 1 year ago
I had submitted a reply, but it disappeared... perhaps because of the links I tried to put. Cobo wore number 61 but Denis Menchov was the team captain. Carlos Sastre was the second in command. Cobo had managed to claw his way to the top 10 but was about 1 min down at the beginning of stage 15, the one of the Angliru climb (in prior stages, Nibali had bonked in one stage, for example). When I saw stage 15, it seemed Cobo was going for the stage win -- nobody expected other GC leaders to suffer like they did. Mollema (or was it Gesink) bonked early, Wiggo cracked and Froome had to pedal backwards to pull him, else Froome could have gone for the stage. After unexpectedly getting the red jersey, Geox was in defense mode. To me, the victory was by chance, basically unintentional. I think I would give Cobo the benefit of the doubt in great measure because I have great empathy for people suffering of a disease like a major depressive disorder. Cobo was a U23 champion in Spain, so he has underperformed throughout his career.
movingtarget More than 1 year ago
What an up and down career Cobo has had and this year has been a down obviously.