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Old 11-22-12, 20:55
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Throughout history on cycling we've always had many representatives of this kind of cyclist. A historic cyclist. Most of them legends or brave riders with an great winning mentality and an admirable capacity for suffering. Suffice with go backwards in time and remenber past decades. Mythical climbers like Binda, Coppi, Gaul or Bahamontes. Poulidor, Van Impe, Battaglin, Ocaña or Fuente in the 70's, Millar, Delgado, Parra, Hampsten or Herrera in the 80's and more recently Leblanc, Pantani or Chiapucci in the 90's. After one of the worsts decades of the history of this sport in what refers of pure climbers nowadays we have big hopes in young guys like Thibaut Pinot, Nairo Quintana and the colombians, Joseph Dombrowski... IMO the future of this race mostly depends of them. Now i want to formulate the question i wanted to make since the beginning of this thread Who are the top ten pure climbers today? I want to clarify that for me a classic rider like Valverde, Nibali or Chris Froome arent pure climbers. Here's my list: 1) Alberto Contador 2) Andy Schleck 3) J. Rod 4) Thibaut Pinot 5) Jürgen Van Den Broeck 6) Pierre Rolland 7) Nairo Quintana 8) Robert Gesink 9) José Rujano 10) Domenico Pozzovivo. And another questions. Which generation of climbers of the last 50 years was better? Maybe the 70s? Will we overcome the current crisis of pure climbers thanks for the new hopes?

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Old 11-22-12, 21:10
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Why is AC a pure climber?
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I want to clarify that for me a classic rider like Valverde, Nibali or Chris Froome arent pure climbers.
Froome is a classics rider?

While LBL winner and podium finisher Schleck is not?
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Why is AC a pure climber?
is this a joke??


the best climber ever and also the purest climber ever, was pantani.
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And another question. Are the current pure climbers lucky for live in the recent times where the routes are made for climbers with few kms of TT and the designers of GT's offers them stages of 170/180 kms as much? What had achieved Richard Virenque if he had lived this period?
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is this a joke??


the best climber ever and also the purest climber ever, was pantani.
what i meant wa that Froome is probably taken out of the contest becasue he is a very good tter (?) but so i AC
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Froome is a classics rider?

While LBL winner and podium finisher Schleck is not?
a classic rider like Valverde and apart Froome or Nibali. Andy Schleck is a pure climber. The achievements dont matter. Only the conditions. And Andy Schleck has the conditions of a pure climber.
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Why is AC a pure climber?
He isn't, but his climbing skills are still better than most (all?) of the so called pure climbers currently active and relevant at the top level.
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Right at this moment: Vincenzo Nibali, bar none.
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Old 11-22-12, 21:23
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Alberto Contador is not a pure climber? LOL. For me yes. So its a subjective list. You can interpret the words "pure climber" as you want.

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