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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 02-18-13, 14:52
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No, he's not...but even if he is, that part of cycling tactics.

Is this a Purito bashing thread?
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Don't be daft.
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he always wants to win, he races, so no he is not a pure wheelsucker, like levi or wiggo.
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Old 02-18-13, 15:04
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To me a wheelsucker is someone like Leipheimer that does it even though he has no chance winning a spint. JRod is just playing at his strenghts
My thoughts too. Leipheimer is the first name which comes to mind when "wheelsucker" is mentioned and Purito isn't that bad, especially in the classics.
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Old 02-18-13, 15:08
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Like someone else said, not everyone can be Contador. Makes me laugh when people are screaming "attack, attack attack!!!" to their favourite riders. If they could attack why wouldn't they, that's what makes cycling such a great sport imo, you know that everyone is on the absolute limit and you can't really fault them for not "trying" harder.

That being said, obviously we have seen that J-rod has the ability to drop just about anyone in a steep uphill finish, and I am sure more people would like to see him attack from further out, but why change what is working?
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Rodriguez is as bad as Big Mig. Horrible rider.
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For one the poll is absolutely preposterous. Rodriguez always attacks
No he doesn't. He always sprints.

Big difference
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Definition of Wheelsucking:
When a rider refuses to take a pull even though it is tactically and/or strategically more sound to take a pull
*Refusing to pull when it is tactically and/or strategically more sound not to is therefore not wheelsucking
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Old 02-18-13, 15:38
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Rodriguez attacked at Morzine/Avoriaz, Mende, Zoncolan, Sestrieres, Collet d'Allevard, Piani de Resinelli and Bola del Mundo. At least 3 of these attempts were resultative. I think if we take all GC riders and compare then in this regard, he will lose only to Contador, however some people anyway vote 'YES'.
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Old 02-18-13, 15:40
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Rodriguez attacked at Morzine/Avoriaz, Mende, Zoncolan, Sestrieres, Collet d'Allevard, Piani de Resinelli and Bola del Mundo. At least 3 of these attempts were resultative. I think if we take all GC riders and compare then in this regard, he will lose only to Contador, however some people anyway vote 'YES'.
He will clearly lose to Nibali. A true attacker.
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Definition of Wheelsucking:
When a rider refuses to take a pull even though it is tactically and/or strategically more sound to take a pull
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Old 02-18-13, 15:41
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Rodriguez is as bad as Big Mig. Horrible rider.
Miguel was cool, IE waiting for his teamate Delgado as a domestique, and hanging onto "pure climbers" on the big climbs like Virenque, Chiappuci, (cough).
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