Yes, i'm a fan. If this needs to go the clinic, alright then although that's really not the aim of this.
This is getting ridiculous, all these claims that Contador is not the same anymore as in '09 since you know what...
Some here even say Contador will never be the same as he was in the giro '11. Without going into clinic-mode but 'it' already happened then. Ridiculous, Contador has as much reason to 'clinic' now than he has in '11. Seriously what has changed since then?
I can get the argument of '09 but he was so superior in the giro '11 that it was pretty obvious he was at that same level, maybe even better as Contador claims himself.
In an interview Contador himself stated that he wanted to be better than in the giro '11. He even broke his training record (last year) that he had broke just before the giro '11.
Obviously these are things we can't verify but since when is Contador the big talker? He always talks down his own changes.
Remember the "i'm fat, don't expect much" in san luis last year. He won 2 mountain stages.
If he really is not the same anymore, would he say all this?
You may argue that but give the man a fair chance at least instead of all this doom-talking. I understand that it's forum where we discuss cycling but is there really a significant sign that supports this claim?
Oh no but look at the vuelta of 2012 (which he won). He couldn't drop purito, thus he's not the same anymore
He had 1 year no competition. Ok 6 days in san luis and 1 day in spain but that's it. Prior to that his last race was the tour '11 so pretty much 13 months no competition.
How was basso in his first GT after his return? how was valverde? Heck how was armstrong? Ok maybe I shouldn't use that one
I don't remember correctly but vino his performance in the vuelta of '09 wasn't superb either, right?
The fact is that your first GT won't be easy especially if you only rode freaking eneco tour...
Now Contador lost in Oman, thus he will lose the tour. Ridiculous. It's not a super sign but what about february and a 1 week stage race?
No, let's reject that.
What do you think about all this talk? You think it's justified? You think i'm being a butthurt fan?