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View Poll Results: Best exhibition of any rider since 2007.
Andy Schleck Galibier 2011 14 13.86%
Tom Boonen Roubaix 2012 12 11.88%
Alberto Contador Fuente Dé 2012 16 15.84%
Fabian Cancellara Roubaix 2010 26 25.74%
Philippe Gilbert Liege 2011 1 0.99%
Carlos Sastre Alpe D'Huez 2008 5 4.95%
Ivan Basso Zoncolan 2010 5 4.95%
Alberto Contador Verbier 2009 11 10.89%
Alejandro Valverde Plumelec 2008 0 0%
Other 11 10.89%
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Old 11-28-12, 13:51
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No he didn't, he had fallen down on the GC so he made one last big effort to pull himself back into contention. Just like Contador on Fuente de it was a last big effort to win the race.
Oh then he didn't tell the truth when he was interviewed. Interesting.
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No he didn't, he had fallen down on the GC so he made one last big effort to pull himself back into contention. Just like Contador on Fuente de it was a last big effort to win the race.
He said in an interview he made that move to set up an attack for Frank, but because no one reacted on his attack he decided to go for it.
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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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the "only" difference btw contador's solo and andy's solo was that contador was about to lose the vuelta simply because despite trying everywhere, he couldn't drop rodrigues. andy was about to lose the tour because he didn't try as he should in the pyreneus and then got scared of a descent a lost a minute there.

simply put both were running out of road and in positions to lose the race but one was there because he lacked strength while the other was there because he lacked aggression.

had andy raced the entire tour as he did on those last 2 mountain stages being properly aggressive instead of trying 2 second long accelerations, he would have probably won the tour.
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Oh then he didn't tell the truth when he was interviewed. Interesting.
Don't know the interview your referring to, but everyone knows that his attack was a last effort for him to win the race. If his move had been caught it would probably have been planned for Frank to then go. But if the original plan had been to just set up Frank for a attack they would have waited until the last climb, or the 2nd to last.
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Don't know the interview your referring to, but everyone knows that his attack was a last effort for him to win the race. If his move had been caught it would probably have been planned for Frank to then go. But if the original plan had been to just set up Frank for a attack they would have waited until the last climb, or the 2nd to last.
He said so in an interview, can't find it now (typical ) but anyway I didn't believe it right from the start, I thought he just said it because he didn't get the yellow jersey
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He said in an interview he made that move to set up an attack for Frank, but because no one reacted on his attack he decided to go for it.
Yea that
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Don't know the interview your referring to, but everyone knows that his attack was a last effort for him to win the race. If his move had been caught it would probably have been planned for Frank to then go. But if the original plan had been to just set up Frank for a attack they would have waited until the last climb, or the 2nd to last.
Which it was
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No he didn't, he had fallen down on the GC so he made one last big effort to pull himself back into contention. Just like Contador on Fuente de it was a last big effort to win the race.
There has been conflicting reports in the media quoting Andy's true intentions on that stage. At one point it was reported that due to Andy's fall in the GC, he saw the attack as an opportunity to weaken Cadel and his team by making them chase in hopes that by the time Andy was caught, Frank would be able to dance away taking back the time that separated him and Cadel. It was believed that Andy's attack would not succeed since it was unprecedented in recent times for a contender to make such an effort from so far out. At the same time the threat could not be ignored thus necessity for Evans/BMC to pursue and limit the damage/prevent Andy from regaining his lost time in the GC.

Considering the bond that exists between the 2 brothers it's not too far fetched that Andy would make such a high risk attack to benefit his brother since his chances had been blown on a previous stage.
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Yea that
Didn't see El P's post, had to get going so just hit reply without checking for others posts. Doesn't change much whether it was planned or unplanned though, what matters is what the move became.
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