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View Poll Results: Do You Consider J.Rodriguez a Wheelsucker?
Yes 22 14.01%
No. 95 60.51%
Not really but his racing style can annoy me. 40 25.48%
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Old 02-20-13, 20:17
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So rodriguez is a wheel sheep?
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Old 02-20-13, 20:29
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He's a bit of both, an attacker and wheelsucker. Sometimes he wins a race in an epic fashion(Lombardia last year) and other times he loses a GT because of his wheelsucking(Giro last year).

But hey, so many people wheelsuck these days. Remember AGR 2011? 8 grown man wheelsucking and still losing.
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He's a bit of both, an attacker and wheelsucker. Sometimes he wins a race in an epic fashion(Lombardia last year) and other times he loses a GT because of his wheelsucking(Giro last year).

But hey, so many people wheelsuck these days. Remember AGR 2011? 8 grown man wheelsucking and still losing.
Classic Pisti right there!
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I really do think there are some people who post on here who simply do not understand the difference between "wheel-sucking" and riding efficiently in a bicycle race
This. I honestly can't even believe we're having this discussion. It's almost laughable.
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So after 10 pages, and the voting score, it seems like the intention of the topic to mark Purito as a wheelsucker didnt succeed.
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Agree - or like Gerrans sucking Cancellara's wheel. Gerrans stood NO chance of winning if he didn't get a 100% pull by Canc. Still annoys me, even today. I haven't seen JR do anything that struck me this way.
Gerrans will outsprint Cancellara most times. Don't tell me that anyone in Gerrans's or Nibali's position would have done anything different if they wanted to win with Cancellara riding the way he was. Cancellara can only win one way, it either comes off or it doesn't. Gerrans rode a great race and Cancellara was the strongest. Often the winner is not the strongest, such is life.
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But hey, so many people wheelsuck these days. Remember AGR 2011? 8 grown man wheelsucking and still losing.
Yeah right, wheelsucking on Gilbert. Here's the 2011 race for you to refresh your memories.
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Take the aforementioned Val di Fassa stage. I refer you to the case of CyclingNews Live Timing vs. Giro d'Italia 2011 Stage 15.
Not convinced Libertine but I do value your search. What that stage learns us Rodriguez has gotten to know his attacking skills lack for longer attacks. And again, and again, and again, nothing wrong with that imho. It is just an observation on my part, no one has to agree with that.

Rodriguez knows he is no Contador, Schleck, Herrera or name which ever you like and makes the best of his great punching ability to the max. Hell, he even was on the verge of winning two GT's this year doing so!
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I dont think he does this. I think Rodriguez when there are no teammates with him does his fair share of pulling. At least i saw him doing just that with froome in Oman 2 days ago even though since Froome was in the red jersey he could have just said - **** you froome, you do all the work if you want to keep this jersey. And many would have done that.
Rodriguez helped Froome chase down Contador, because Rodriguez does not forget the white glove slap that Contador gave him, when Alberto helped Tiralongo "steal" a stage victory from him in the 2011 Giro. Still hard feelings there.

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Just a thought for an exercise those who consider Jrod a wheelsucker to do: list those who attack more than him. I'm not talking breakaway specialists here, Jeremy Roy for example attacks all the time but he is not competing for the big wins Jrod is so just name the guys who are at the business end of classics and stage races. I am willing to bet you are left with a list of the most talented and attack minded riders in the sport.
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