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View Poll Results: Schleck vs Contador in 2013
Alberto Contador 71 77.17%
Andy Schleck 13 14.13%
Other, for those who never vote but like to click buttons. 8 8.70%
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Old 12-27-12, 17:38
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The main problem is that many fans believe that that Contador is a stronger rider than his opponents. They often cite the 2009 tour and 2011 Giro as proof of this, and this is annoying. The 2009 Tour is not the rule. It was 1 race and things do not remain the same. The 2009 Tour was almost 4 years ago, it took place and it finished. Times change So if Contador loses it will be because he is no longer as good and not because of any excuse his fans make up. It is delusional to think that Contador or any rider will dominate cycling for ever. And if you dont learn to accept this then you will be in for an uncomfortable surprise. If not in 2013 then a few years down the line
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The main problem is that many fans believe that that Contador is a stronger rider than his opponents.
Indeed I believe he is. I'm sorry you find that a problem.
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They often cite the 2009 tour and 2011 Giro as proof of this, and this is annoying.
I'm sorry
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The 2009 Tour is not the rule. It was 1 race and things do not remain the same. The 2009 Tour was almost 4 years ago, it took place and it finished.
The reason why I use 2009 Tour (and 2011 Giro, which took place "just" two years ago) is because it shows what Alberto can do when he's at his best. And yes I believe he wasn't at his best in many if not all of the other GTs
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Times change.
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So if Contador loses it will be because he is no longer as good and not because of any excuse his fans make up.
Maybe, maybe not. And we don't "make up" excuses. If Alberto loses and he didn't crash, didn't lose a lot of time on any of the flat stages, didn't get ill, didn't get any injuries, then I'll admit that yes, maybe he's started to suck. But I have yet to see any evidence that this will be the case.
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It is delusional to think that Contador or any rider will dominate cycling for ever.
Nobody has ever said that.
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And if you dont learn to accept this then you will be in for an uncomfortable surprise.
I'm wondering what this uncomfortable surprise will be... You mean that Alberto will fail one day? Oh that might be uncomfortable but it won't be a surprise.
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If not in 2013 then a few years down the line
2016 I believe. So 3 years left to win
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Old 12-27-12, 20:44
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And Alberto was at his best in 2010?
Does it matter? He still won it, because even when Andy is equal to Contador in the mountains, Contador is still the better ITT rider and the rider with the better racing instincts. For Andy to win he has to beat Contador in the mountains by some margin or hugely improve his ITT. I don't see either of those happening. But with luck (like crashes and the like), anything is impossible.
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Old 12-27-12, 21:02
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Indeed I believe he is. I'm sorry you find that a problem.


I'm sorry


The reason why I use 2009 Tour (and 2011 Giro, which took place "just" two years ago) is because it shows what Alberto can do when he's at his best. And yes I believe he wasn't at his best in many if not all of the other GTs


I agree.


Maybe, maybe not. And we don't "make up" excuses. If Alberto loses and he didn't crash, didn't lose a lot of time on any of the flat stages, didn't get ill, didn't get any injuries, then I'll admit that yes, maybe he's started to suck. But I have yet to see any evidence that this will be the case.


Nobody has ever said that.


I'm wondering what this uncomfortable surprise will be... You mean that Alberto will fail one day? Oh that might be uncomfortable but it won't be a surprise.


2016 I believe. So 3 years left to win
What my learned friend Miss La Florecita said...

Airstream, over the last 30 years+ of watching bike racing I've seen champions come and go, pretenders to the crowns who have always hyped their abilities but come up short on the roads.

Berto falls into the same category as the Hinaults, Kelly's, Pantanis and Lemonds of this world, genuises on a bike, riders who just didn't win but found ways to win when the odds were against them, Fuente De is the prime example of that.

Andy doesn't come into that category, I don't think he ever will, he doesn't have the where with all to succeed on that level.

You fail to recognise Airstream, that some of us having been watching this sport for a long long time, we recognise patterns, we recognise real riders when we see them and in turn know when a rider is failing to live up to his god given talent!
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Old 12-27-12, 21:24
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Airstream, over the last 30 years+ of watching bike racing I've seen champions come and go, pretenders to the crowns who have always hyped their abilities but come up short on the roads.
You know surely I don't have a 30 year fan experience but I was not born yesterday too. I can distinguish intention to take the things how they are and attempts to make other riders short on the road that you do.

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Berto falls into the same category as the Hinaults, Kelly's, Pantanis and Lemonds of this world, genuises on a bike, riders who just didn't win but found ways to win when the odds were against them, Fuente De is the prime example of that.
It is your vision. Admiring and enthusiastic. OK. But I don't understand how it is projected for 2013. Grandeur or genius is something abstract, ephemeral and subjective in many ways. It doesn't give wins by itself. Genius is beaten by another genius and there is no biggest genius. It is a limitless debate.
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Andy doesn't come into that category, I don't think he ever will, he doesn't have the where with all to succeed on that level.
No problem. It is not my dream and all the more so it is not his wish. I follow the sport not to be proud of riders and fanatically defend them.

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You fail to recognise Airstream, that some of us having been watching this sport for a long long time, we recognise patterns, we recognise real riders when we see them and in turn know when a rider is failing to live up to his god given talent!
I'm saying about 2013, you are saying about to relationship to Contador which may be very different.


As to one's best in a GT, I don't know what it means because it always entails a question 'was other at his best?' And it is a cul-de-sac reasoning as situation changes too often to operate with a notorious 'one's best' on a regular basis. Say, I have difficulties to call in which GT Nibali was at his best, but it obviously wasn't the 2011 Giro.

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Old 12-27-12, 22:08
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Berto falls into the same category as the Hinaults, Kelly's, Pantanis and Lemonds of this world, genuises on a bike, riders who just didn't win but found ways to win when the odds were against them, Fuente De is the prime example of that.
I agree.
De Fuente is bona fide signature of his career.
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Old 12-27-12, 22:27
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But the question is who will have a better season in 2013 Contador or Schleck.
I'd assume this is a rhetorical question.
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Old 12-27-12, 22:37
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I'd assume this is a rhetorical question.
As a fan of both, I'm looking forward with interest to see how Andy's (seemingly) new appetite for early season racing goes. I've no doubt he will suck early but all in it can't be a bad thing And maybe, just maybe, appease some on here
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