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Old 11-16-11, 10:54
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Yeah, that never happens in cycling huh. By the way it's 3 years instead of 2.
Well, if the guy is to beat Contador, I'm sure we'll have heard of him already in two years

And no, that never happens in cycling. Contador is a hors catégorie climber, the only one at the moment as far as I'm concerned.

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Robot Gesink will crush everyone with his iron leg.
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Old 11-16-11, 10:59
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Well, if the guy is to beat Contador, I'm sure we'll have heard of him already in two years

And no, that never happens in cycling. Contador is a hors catégorie climber, the only one at the moment as far as I'm concerned.


Robot Gesink will crush everyone with his iron leg.
I'm pretty sure Contador established him self from a nobody to one of the most famous cyclists in a span of 2-3 years: 2004-2007.

Armstrong popped out of nowhere to be the best climber as well.
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horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato
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Old 11-16-11, 11:05
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Yeah, in two years I'm sure we'll see a new best climber ever appear suddenly, out of nowhere.


If there's a descent to make up for time lost in the climb, yes. But there's no way he'll win this.


Tony M. could possibly, maybe be a minor threat to Contador. But he's guaranteed to lose at least a minute on that climb alone.
it happened with contador in 2007
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Old 11-16-11, 11:07
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it happened with contador in 2007
Yeah. And do you really think we'll see another Contador within, say, 10 years?

edit: sorry, I asked the wrong person, of course we will. Sergio Henao, Carlos Betancourt, Nairo Quintana...
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Old 11-16-11, 11:10
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Yeah. And do you really think we'll see another Contador within, say, 10 years?

edit: sorry, I asked the wrong person, of course we will. Sergio Henao, Carlos Betancourt, Nairo Quintana...
But you can't deny the possibility of that happening. Cause you kinda did do just that...
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horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato
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Old 11-16-11, 11:18
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The sprinters are sprinters and it is not necessary for them to wear a rainbow jersey in respected one day races.

There's still a whole lot of flat before the climb in the time trial, pretty balanced. I don't see the difference with with the time trial and road race. Are you saying someone like Contador wouldn't honor the rainbow jersey in all time trials he'd start? Contador is also a time trial specialist. Ever heard of Wiggins by the way? Heard he'll be favorite for this as well and came second this year on a flat boring time trial course. It really was an uninspired route, though still an exciting race because of Cancellara's downfall.

It's not the same. Could you please describe how would the RR for time trialers look like?
95% of tts are flat or slightly hilly, so it's obvious that the best tter is powerful one (like Cancellara or T.Martin) whereas designing a mountainous tt course you determine the best tter among the GT riders imo it doesn't mean the best tter. The RR is made for classic riders, climbers or sprinters and the bigger competition it produces the more interesting race we get, but they all (sprinters, climbers, classic riders) get a RR that suit them time after time, while pure time trialers have only their TT, which tbh is not half as prestigious as the RR.

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But you can't deny the possibility of that happening. Cause you kinda did do just that...
No, just like I can't deny the Second Coming happening in the next few years. But I'm not counting on it.
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Old 11-16-11, 11:22
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Old 11-16-11, 11:28
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Yeah. And do you really think we'll see another Contador within, say, 10 years?

edit: sorry, I asked the wrong person, of course we will. Sergio Henao, Carlos Betancourt, Nairo Quintana...
same happened with lance armstrong in 99 or indurain in 1990/1991. yes it happens all the time so in few years we will see a new monster and yes it will probably be a colombian
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Old 11-16-11, 11:34
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Interesting change from the usual TT parcours. A descend and some more kilometer's added would improve the course, but interesting nontheless.

Contador is obviously top favourite, Evans and Menchov will be too old unfortunately, otherwise they would have been good competition for Alberto. Wiggins has a change maybe. I think Nibali might have a shot at podium as well, he should be at his prime in 3 years, same with Kreuziger and Brajkovic perhaps. Perhaps with some Bruyneel magic even Schleck.. Though I doubt it. Cancellara and Martin - not favourites but they do have a chance. Then there's riders that could improve over the years: Boasson Hagen, Thomas, De Gendt.. Just getting some names out there, who knows what these people will be able to do in 3 years time.
By no means a definite victory for Contador, even though he is the favourite by heaps.

A descend would improve it lots though. Extra chances for my man Nibali, but also for Cancellara and perhaps Martin. Though Contador is a good descender, Cancellara and Nibali could take back some time there.
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