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View Poll Results: Best exhibition of any rider since 2007.
Andy Schleck Galibier 2011 14 13.86%
Tom Boonen Roubaix 2012 12 11.88%
Alberto Contador Fuente Dé 2012 16 15.84%
Fabian Cancellara Roubaix 2010 26 25.74%
Philippe Gilbert Liege 2011 1 0.99%
Carlos Sastre Alpe D'Huez 2008 5 4.95%
Ivan Basso Zoncolan 2010 5 4.95%
Alberto Contador Verbier 2009 11 10.89%
Alejandro Valverde Plumelec 2008 0 0%
Other 11 10.89%
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Purito wasn't the better climber, he was just a better sprinter. When did purito take time on Contador?

Contador dropped purito a few times but he always came back with the better sprint at the end. That's it.
In the entirety of the Vuelta, Purito was the better climber. He had one day where he faltered but overall he was the events best climber.
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Great to see that Porte has rediscovered his 2010/11 climbing form. Hope he can keep it for the rest of the Tour and year.
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Purito just totally cracked on Fuente De, he didn't underestimate Contador. If he could've followed why did he get dropped by Valverde? Who finished within 6 seconds of Contador by the way.

It doesn't matter if you were stronger on all the other mountain stages if you're not consistent.
Rodriguez didn't crack Evans-style... as he was still the third strongest rider that day, despite having a bad day. The gap between Valverde and Purito was largely due to wheel sucking anyway.
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Rodriguez didn't crack Evans-style... as he was still the third strongest rider that day, despite having a bad day. The gap between Valverde and Purito was largely due to wheel sucking anyway.
Third strongest? How?
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Third strongest? How?
Of the top ten that day only Contador, Valverde and Purito wasn't in the break. + He managed to put over 2 min to Gesink, Froome and Talansky etc.
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Of the top ten that day only Contador, Valverde and Purito wasn't in the break. + He managed to put over 2 min to Gesink, Froome and Talansky etc.
Ok fair enough but I think Jesus was stronger
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The gap between Valverde and Purito was largely due to wheel sucking anyway.
Putting team mates up the road and then using them is wheel sucking??? I call it good tactics!

If Purito could have gone with Valverde he could have sucked his wheel...fact is he folded like a cheap suit But still a heroic race from him; I hope he gets a GT win some day!
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I just love Giro 2011, Stage 19. Contador pure class, on many levels.
When I saw the question I, too, immediately thought of this stage. Contador showed what he was made of on this day. Tiralongo as well.
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Rodriguez didn't crack Evans-style... as he was still the third strongest rider that day, despite having a bad day.
I don't think it's a matter that he was the 3rd strongest, he was just cutting his losses on that day. Also, he didn't have a bad day per se. It was his team which had a terrible day, and his not the best TTer there is.

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The gap between Valverde and Purito was largely due to wheel sucking anyway.
Did we see the same stage?
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