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Old 12-30-12, 02:42
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Rodriguez answered questions about his schedule in an interview and imo he is mad

he intends to start well in san luis and contend in Oman. He will then do TA "at good level" which he intends to maintain for Catalunya.

He will then do the Ardennes - all 3, and for god knows what reason Romandie as if he hasnt raced a season worth already

He will take a short rest before TDF prep - the longer option of course (TDS), which will warm him up for a Tour de France he intends to contend all 3 weeks in.

But the second he finishes in Paris his mind will focus 100% on the Vuelta - He shrugs off suggestions that its difficult to do both on peak form with

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Ok. With Wiggins going for Giro Tour and now Purito saying this, seems that many in the peloton believe doing 2 gts back to back aint no thing.


The Vuelta of course comes as a package with the worlds, - another season aim, but is he done yet?

God no, he intends to defend his crown in Lombardia a week later.

Thats at least 1 race every month from February to October that he intends to contend (and maybe San Luis in January too).

Mental

And btw, he will move to Katusha unless they get wt. Drama either way

http://www.marca.com/2012/12/28/cicl...356725342.html

Oh and he also says he didnt even rest since Lombardy, been training all off season.

Beware.
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Old 12-30-12, 03:13
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Over-training ain't a good thing, he should beware of that. Rest is just as important after a hard season.

Anyway, sounds similar to Gilbert's 2009 season with the Tour instead of the Giro. Rodriguez will need to be on his best game for 3 weeks during a GT though. Doubt it will all work out, but he's bound to succeed in some of his many goals. Well, not counting on bad luck that is.
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Old 12-30-12, 03:33
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up until the romandie it his a normal schedule and he wouldn't be the first to use his ardennes form to save in romandie some lesser results achieved at the ardennes.

my bet is he doesn't race romandie if he has a great week in the ardennes.

then he will have almost 2 full months of rest until suisse and purito isn't one to need many races to be up in top shape again so he will be fine for the tour (like every other rider that peaked for the ardennes) the vuelta-worlds-lombardy combo is another thing tho and he might very likely be spent by the worlds. not awful but not great either, something like gilbert on the GdL in 2011.

imo nibali's schedule is worse, he will start in san luis and then try to go for the win at tirreno, MSR, the ardennes before peaking for the giro.
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Old 12-30-12, 09:05
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We always complain when big name riders only care about one or two races a season, so it's good to see Purito trying to be competitive all year around.

However agree with Hitch that it will extremely difficult to maintain year around form and he might come to regret it if he's too tired by the Vuelta and the Worlds', two races he would have a very good chance of winning.

IMO he should have peaked for the Ardeness and Vuelta/Worlds. His aim of being on the Tour Podium might cost him Vuelta Victory and a possible Worlds' gold.
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What do people think of his chances for the TDF ?

If he is in the Vuelta form from last year surely he has a good chance with the TT light Tour ?

The bookies dont seem to think so , im tempted to have a few quid on him now before his odds come in.
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What do people think of his chances for the TDF ?

If he is in the Vuelta form from last year surely he has a good chance with the TT light Tour ?

The bookies dont seem to think so , im tempted to have a few quid on him now before his odds come in.
Definitely won't win it. It will be tough for him to podium as well, but isn't beyond him.
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Old 12-30-12, 11:18
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Anyway, sounds similar to Gilbert's 2009 season with the Tour instead of the Giro. .
Facepalm.

1 Giro vuelta are not back to back gts ( which rodriguez is trying to combine with a further 3 weeks of peak)

2 Gilbert did not challenge for the gc, which also defeats the entire shock factor.
His season was a fraction of the difficulty of what jrod is attempting.

So what is your point? Getting worried that no one has been talking about Gilbert so once again trying to hijack discussions and make them about him?
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Oh and he also says he didnt even rest since Lombardy, been training all off season.
No, on the contrary. he says he has never rested this long in the off season.
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Old 12-30-12, 11:38
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What do people think of his chances for the TDF ?

If he is in the Vuelta form from last year surely he has a good chance with the TT light Tour ?

The bookies dont seem to think so , im tempted to have a few quid on him now before his odds come in.
I don't think its a tt light tour. Not for j rod anyway. There's as much tt as there was in 2010when he last did the tour and lost something like 5 minutes to contador over the tts, 6 to menchov and 3 and a half to.Andy schleck.

And.rodriguez isn't a rider who knows how.to get time back if he loses it. He's 169cm and notorious for staying in the group as long as possible.He has simply never shown the ability drop riders and solo away on mountain stages for.minutes. certainly not the likes of contador schleck or.froome


Finally the tour probably isn't steep enough for him. Jrod is known as the best guy in the world on gradients over 10%. In the vuelta the final km of ancares, cuitu negru, bola del mundo ,and the ezaro stage were all over 12 % some with sections over 20.
On all of those stages purito took time on contador + won 2 of them with bonus seconds.

There's nothing in the tour like that.

And there's no bonus seconds either. Without bonus seconds j rod would have lost the red jersey to contador a week earlier on stage 11 and not stage17 with all the drama that came with that.
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Without bonus seconds j rod would have lost the red jersey to contador a week earlier on stage 11 and not stage17 with all the drama that came with that.
Sorry, it doesn't work like that. We're not talking about math here, you can't extrapolate. Purito could have been in the lead anyway. You just couldn't know.
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