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View Poll Results: Strongest Contador?
Tour '07 15 15.46%
Tour '09 44 45.36%
Giro '11 21 21.65%
Waiting for tour '13 17 17.53%
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Old 12-04-12, 11:08
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Probably 2009, but since i'm a member of the contador gang i voted the last option. It's hard to compare 2009 to 2011, verbier had tailwind, while Etna was longer, flatter and had headwind. It took him like 3 km to get a minute after which Etna got flatter
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@Airstream: Kloden had crashed in 07, he came second to Cancellara in the prologue so it seemed like he had good form.
The best rode Plateau de Beille by 1'10 faster than Armstrong and Basso in 2004. Seems like Klodi beat his 2004 time but lost more. I wouldn't say his form was bad.

Yeah, he even had fracture in his tail bone as far as I remember.
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Giro 2011, because he didn't have a comically strong team, and the route wasn't so soft. It's easier to set a VAM record on Verbier after a flat stage than on a steeper climb after four other category 1 climbs or when you're so superior to everyone else you can afford to spend your energy on trying to find ways for your friends to get stages.
Why do the rider need a strong team, if he giggles at laughable tempo set by Lampre and catapults at a 4-5 % Etna section? IMO a team factor is a bit overrated when one is by far stronger than others.

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giro 2011 by far
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7th febuary.
What he said
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I hope Alberto can come close to tour 2009 or giro 2011 level or maybe even match it, i do not think it is impossible
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I agree with airstream. 2007 was monstrous when you see what numbers Sastre, Evans and Levi were putting down, and getting their *** handed to them by Pistolero and Chicken.
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I forgot that in '09 he had to beat half his own team and his manager...kinda like LeMond vs. The Badger....tough stuff.
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I agree with airstream. 2007 was monstrous when you see what numbers Sastre, Evans and Levi were putting down, and getting their *** handed to them by Pistolero and Chicken.
Right. We remember how Contador fired from behind transfused Boogerd who probably could easily get finish in top 10 if he hadn't worked for Rasmussen. While looking that stage, I thought Chicken had even more powerful engine but he just lacked spark to follow immediately. It seemed if the rules had allowed Rasmussen would have thrown his bike away, run and caught Contador.
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I agree with airstream. 2007 was monstrous when you see what numbers Sastre, Evans and Levi were putting down, and getting their *** handed to them by Pistolero and Chicken.
Right... career best performances from a number of high-profile riders, most notably Contador, Rasmussen, Evans and Leipheimer. Also maybe Sastre... that long-range attack in the Aubisque stage with tons of exposed false flat was very impressive, considering he didn't really "crack" and still finished in the top 5 overall.

And then to think it was considered a "weak" edition initially.
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