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What will Valverde's impact be the cycling world in 2012

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08 Nov 2017 21:41

portugal11 wrote:ouch!! I saw a video of valverde and those scars look awful... I don't know why but I had flashbacks of phinney's leg. I hope he recovers well enough to be able to defend his liege title.


Valverde's injury isn't as bad as Phinney's. Phinney had torn and otherwise damaged soft tissue (muscle, tendons, and ligaments), whereas Valverde's injury was strictly broken bones. He's saying his power numbers are where they were before the injury, and that he feels like he did before the injury and he still has his sprinting speed. The thing about those two scars is that they were deep cuts, but actually didn't do any damage.
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09 Nov 2017 20:53

Koronin wrote:
portugal11 wrote:ouch!! I saw a video of valverde and those scars look awful... I don't know why but I had flashbacks of phinney's leg. I hope he recovers well enough to be able to defend his liege title.


Valverde's injury isn't as bad as Phinney's. Phinney had torn and otherwise damaged soft tissue (muscle, tendons, and ligaments), whereas Valverde's injury was strictly broken bones. He's saying his power numbers are where they were before the injury, and that he feels like he did before the injury and he still has his sprinting speed. The thing about those two scars is that they were deep cuts, but actually didn't do any damage.


That's what they always say.

When has Valverde ever said the truth anyway?
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09 Nov 2017 21:11

El Pistolero wrote:
Koronin wrote:
portugal11 wrote:ouch!! I saw a video of valverde and those scars look awful... I don't know why but I had flashbacks of phinney's leg. I hope he recovers well enough to be able to defend his liege title.


Valverde's injury isn't as bad as Phinney's. Phinney had torn and otherwise damaged soft tissue (muscle, tendons, and ligaments), whereas Valverde's injury was strictly broken bones. He's saying his power numbers are where they were before the injury, and that he feels like he did before the injury and he still has his sprinting speed. The thing about those two scars is that they were deep cuts, but actually didn't do any damage.


That's what they always say.

When has Valverde ever said the truth anyway?


When has any top-cyclist ever said the truth anyway?

Let his legs do the talking when the time comes.
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09 Nov 2017 21:37

Valverde has said that stuff numerous times in the wake of this injury. I wouldn't trust most cyclists saying that after such an injury, but Valverde is otherworldly so I wouldn't exactly be surprised. Anyways, we will know in the spring.
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09 Nov 2017 23:50

Valv.Piti wrote:Valverde has said that stuff numerous times in the wake of this injury. I wouldn't trust most cyclists saying that after such an injury, but Valverde is otherworldly so I wouldn't exactly be surprised. Anyways, we will know in the spring.



This.
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10 Nov 2017 08:32

Fantastic vid by the way yesterday posted by Movistar in which Bala puts on a XXXL jersey with "Alberto Contador" printed on it, still wondering if they had prepared that especially for this reason. Or maybe he uses it already secretly in the darts competition in his local pub. Great stuff.
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21 Nov 2017 19:07

Oh my gooooood a Valverde book, La leyenda del Imbatido. Must have!!

Does anybody know if its available on English? I mean I could read it on Spanish and use a dictionary for every fifth word, but..
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21 Nov 2017 19:41

Valv.Piti wrote:Oh my gooooood a Valverde book, La leyenda del Imbatido. Must have!!

Does anybody know if its available on English? I mean I could read it on Spanish and use a dictionary for every fifth word, but..


It seems to be published by a small press specialising in churning out biographies of Spanish athletes, so no chance. Their website invites other publishers to contact them about foreign rights to their books, so I suppose you could organise a whip around here and we could buy the rights to get it translated into Danish or something.

English language cycling biographies fall into three categories: (1) quickly ghostwritten, quickly forgotten, autobiographies of current pros published in their own country. (2) hagiographies of whoever the couple of biggest riders from that country were. (3) an occasional book about Merckx or Coppi or someone similarly nestled into the sport's pantheon. Beyond that, the coverage is terrible, presumably because there's no market for books about even the likes of Boonen, Contador, Cancellara or Valverde.
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21 Nov 2017 21:38

Valv.Piti wrote:Oh my gooooood a Valverde book, La leyenda del Imbatido. Must have!!

Does anybody know if its available on English? I mean I could read it on Spanish and use a dictionary for every fifth word, but..


It was published last spring with a full endorsement of Alejandro. It is only in Spanish and I'm reading with the use of Google Translate. Which means it's taking forever to read a page. I MIGHT have it finished by the time he's racing and winning again. Basically I'm typing it word for word, sentence for sentence into google translate and reading it paragraph by paragraph. It is very time consuming. The first publishing of it sold out within a week or so of it being released. I've heard it's back in stock. Check Amazon. The final chapter is the start of the 2017 season. Some of us (a group of his fans I'm part of) have joked by the time we finish reading it they'll be a new addition with a new chapter titled Comeback.
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21 Nov 2017 21:56

Thanks for the answers! I will definitely buy it at one point and thankfully I seem to be a bit better at Spanish, that process you have going there seems pretty brutal.

I'd be interested in hearing about that group as well
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21 Nov 2017 23:53

Valv.Piti wrote:Thanks for the answers! I will definitely buy it at one point and thankfully I seem to be a bit better at Spanish, that process you have going there seems pretty brutal.

I'd be interested in hearing about that group as well


What I've read so far is worth it. It's not fun.

I'll send a PM, the group is over on facebook and the vast majority there are Spaniards. I'm one of the very few that does not understand Spanish very well.
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26 Nov 2017 13:13

Hey guys, you know you can scan the pages of the book onto Koronin's computer into a pdf and then take it over to Google Translate to copy and paste, right?
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