Originally Posted by maltiv
How could you not get that it was a joke? My point was that it's silly to take one bad performance and say "look, this guy sucked so bad and now he's the best!". (even if it's true in Froome's case, who sucked everywhere). The Contador example was just to use the must ridiculous example I could find. I thought the part where I said I couldn't believe Contador had become a Contador-esque climber would make it pretty clear that I was being sarcastic
The fact that Froome sucked pre 2011 is pretty obvious, but showing a video of one stage where he couldn't follow Gerrans up a steep hill just isn't the best example, in my opinion. Whatever, I was just nit-picking anyway.
Fair enough. Perhaps use emoticons at least once? It'll make it clearer. The last few pages before I posted well there was one distinct tone. Your post seemed to be following suite and well, tone isn't always the easiest to convey.
I've seen a lot of race footage, as have others on this forum. Believe me, I hadn't seen him pre 2011 Vuelta. I had to look up footage to see what he looked like as I had zero idea of what he resembles. You could have stuck 8 random guys on a bike and added in Froome and asked me and many other fans which one was Froome and they would not have known. He was literally an enigma. An unknown. If thehog had other footage, I have no doubt he'd have shown it. As for that video, I watched the stage and I certainly don't remember Froome being there. I go back and watch most stuff I've seen before, I may have forgotten one or two actors in the display, but it clicks and I go, yeah that rider was there and then he does such and such. It clicks because it was memorable. Froome was literally the forgettable bike rider. Absolutely forgettable.
Irony is now, one doesn't forget him because he is so ridiculous. Froome obscure to so obscene you cannot forget. That is messed up. And yeah, comparing him to Contador is a good example to contrast the extremes...just add an emoticon next time.