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What type of pro rider would you want to be

17 May 2017 14:05

Dont know if there has already been a thread like this or if I should put it in here but I am curious to hear from u guys what type of pro rider would you want to be? Do you want to be a climber in grand tours or would you rather win Paris Roubaix? You can share your thoughts and maybe dreams on here :)
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17 May 2017 14:23

I'm 178cm (and slender), so it's not easy for me to imagine myself putting the hurt on the flat cobbles, though that would be nice. But I like to imagine myself in a breakaway move with all of Tommeke, Sagan, Nibali and Contador :p
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17 May 2017 15:36

I don't want to be a pro rider.
But if I had to be, something where I wouldn't have to ride in a big group. Not a sprinter, definitely not a sprinter!
I suppose with my 160 cm and 50 kg I'd be something of a climber, except... I can't climb.


Netserk wrote:I'm 178cm (and slender), so it's not easy for me to imagine myself putting the hurt on the flat cobbles, though that would be nice. But I like to imagine myself in a breakaway move with all of Tommeke, Sagan, Nibali and Contador :p


Well, hopefully it's gonna be all of them. Riders might talk about "losing their legs", but... not literally.
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17 May 2017 16:00

I'd want to be a better rouleur than Sagan. :)

Truth is most of us would be domestiques. :p
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17 May 2017 16:13

I'd be terrible at that too. On a good day I could maybe carry three bottles before collapsing under the weight.
Pulling the peloton? Yeah... I'd slow everyone down. Though, I suppose there might be female riders who are shorter than I am, Rivera sure looks pretty short.
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Re: What type of pro rider would you want to be

17 May 2017 17:35

Always imagined myself to be types like Purtio, Valverde, Di Luca etc, but truth is Im to heavy for that stuff (1,80 at 72 kg). I am relatively fast when the road tilt upwards compared to those I ride with, but its rarely effort over 2 minutes, so probably more of a typical puncheur, so lets say Gilbert.. :D
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17 May 2017 18:27

183cm tall and 64-5kg and I when I'm climbing I usually don't go out of the saddle, so of course I'd love to be a diesel climber like Ivan Basso.
I'd be way to light to do anything on the cobbles. I have to admit that I'd love to be a strong powerhouse like Kiryienka who ride at the front of the field all day long, because riding in the middle of a big field kinda sucks.
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17 May 2017 19:04

I think the fantasy is one that can compete in the hilly classics and the grand tours and can put out a good time trial. I guess that would be Nibali or Evans (Valverde would have the sprint but not the TT) or Vino of the recent crew.
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17 May 2017 19:30

185 cm at 70-72 kg, I think I could get it down somewhat though. I'd love to be a sprinter, as that's the biggest buzz, but that would be very unlikely with my physique. I'd be happy if I was a half decent climber who could win the odd stage here and there.
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17 May 2017 20:24

Valverde. In the mix no matter the parcours. Bossing those uphills like it's preordained.

Reality would surely look more like Carlitos Betancur, except that you would need to multiply that BMI by 1.86. And I'd need to lose a few kilos just to get there.
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20 May 2017 13:44

Funny thread. I am 192cm/77kg, meaning that relatively speaking, I tend to struggle on steeper and longer climbs (> 6km at > 8%), but I can push a big gear on shorter climbs and pull off a sprint when the summit comes near. So relatively speaking, I am mostly like a Gilbert-type punchy classics rider, although, admittedly, I would love to be better on the long long climbs.
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Re: What type of pro rider would you want to be

21 May 2017 04:55

One that is fearless and is willing to take as much drugs as possible to make a boatload of money.
Not afraid to crash, but if I did so I'd play my scars up as much as possible to get laid.
With that said, I'd pull back on the drug use if I knew everyone in the peloton was willing to do so as well.
In other words, I will never be a pro rider.
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21 May 2017 08:32

Bernard Hinault.
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21 May 2017 08:35

King Boonen wrote:Bernard Hinault.

Really? Just watching him makes my knees explode.
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21 May 2017 08:39

kingjr wrote:
King Boonen wrote:Bernard Hinault.

Really? Just watching him makes my knees explode.

I do a large amount of my riding on a fixed gear on the West Coast of Scotland :)
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