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Old 12-12-12, 10:55
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Is Noval really that bad?
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Is Noval really that bad?
No, in big Contador target races he generally delivers. However in all other events he appears pretty useless.
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Old 12-12-12, 11:15
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Watch the TTT in the TdF '11, where his force was on the flat.

... First of the team to drop, and did so very fast.
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Old 12-12-12, 12:09
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Is Noval really that bad?
Good to protect on the flats, but he is chubby so we (I) like to make a bit fun of him
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Watch the TTT in the TdF '11, where his force was on the flat.

... First of the team to drop, and did so very fast.
and? he isn't good on a time trial bike and would probably only hurt the team if he had to take turns so very likely he just gave a big pull giving everything right at the start to get the team going. many teams tho this with bad time trialist.

besides that's not his job, his job is to protect contador on the flat which he has been doing well for a while like in the vuelta 2011 when he was always there on flat stages. i really think noval is massively underrated. i would rather have him protecting me on flat stages then the entire rabobank tour team . . .
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Old 12-12-12, 12:25
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so many names here that are actually quite good. I challenge you to find a worse rider/pro than jan boven and nick gates
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Old 12-12-12, 12:34
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so many names here that are actually quite good. I challenge you to find a worse rider/pro than jan boven and nick gates
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