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Old 02-05-13, 09:59
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What will make this season a succes for Contador. Just wondering what you guys think it would take. He has been build up a lot, will he be able to do anything but dissapoint.
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Old 02-05-13, 10:14
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If Evans had a decent team back then, like Sky last year, Andy would've been pulled back easily. Instead of having 3-4 guys in front of him Evans had to start chasing all by himself in the headwind of the Galibier. Contador would've never taken more than 20-30 seconds on Froome/Wiggins on the toughest climbs, making it impossible for him to win the Tour. An attack like Schleck did would be suicide nowadays, it's impossible to stay on the front for more than 1 climb with a train like Sky had last year.
So what you're basically saying is that wining a grand tour today will only happen if you can time trial since attacks on the mountains will all be neutralised by trains. What a shame and what a boring style of racing.
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Old 02-05-13, 10:18
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You know what would truly be amazing? If Contador, Schleck, Sanchez and maybe valverde and gesink can create their own train by attacking Sky and going off the front on a very steep section of a climb. I think contador and schleck working together to put time into froome/wiggins will catch the sky train by surprise.
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Old 02-05-13, 10:23
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What will make this season a succes for Contador. Just wondering what you guys think it would take. He has been build up a lot, will he be able to do anything but dissapoint.
Only the Tour victory.
He himself declared it like a main goal, Saxo strengthened the team just for that purpose, the route is favorable...
Everything less than the Yellow jersey will be serious fail.
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Old 02-05-13, 10:36
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What if he's not good enough?
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Old 02-05-13, 10:37
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Only the Tour victory.
He himself declared it like a main goal, Saxo strengthened the team just for that purpose, the route is favorable...
Everything less than the Yellow jersey will be serious fail.
Thats what I thought, but people keep talking about doubble GTs and what not. Personnally I would settle with him winning the Tour and be satisfied.
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Old 02-05-13, 10:41
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apart from alberto's climbing prowess, another advantage he has over froome who many think is his main rival, is that he knows what it takes to win a grand tour or the tour de france in particular. Alberto has experience whilst froome is relatively new to the business of being a leader in the tour.
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Old 02-05-13, 10:42
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What if he's not good enough?
It is not possible. At worst, he will be off form.
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Old 02-05-13, 10:43
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It is not possible. At worst, he will be off form.
Yes, still lacking racing fitness.
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Old 02-05-13, 10:53
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Yes, still lacking racing fitness.
There's enough time to get it back.
Also, he has a GT in his legs after the pause, so lack of racing fitness shouldn't be an issue.
The Tour victory is the only measure of successful season for Contador. He'll race after the Tour only if fails at it.
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