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

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11 Feb 2018 05:13

joe_papp wrote:
Koronin wrote:
joe_papp wrote:
Koronin wrote:...

This is in Spanish, but he says that he was caught by surprise when Sanchez attacked and that he did not let him win.
https://demarrajeweb.com/2018/02/10/valverde-sobre-luisleme-sorprendio/


I agree that it is silly to even suggest that Valverde would've let LLS win. He is our Spanish Cannibal. Speaking of Spanish, though, did anyone actually watch the race, or even the last 15-20km that was available as a clip via steephill? I thought the Spanish commentators were insufferable - terrible! They didn't try to build emotion or excitement...just a bunch of chatty kathys blabbering on. Very disappointed. They should've had some Colombians commentating - that would've been epic.



Well it was local TV only, so local announcers, not the normal announcers. Otherwise, the only video I've seen is video that was taken on the side of the road by fans, along with the finish line clips. Only around the last 10 or KMs was even broadcast locally so not much of the race is even aired. Most of people I know who live in Murcia were out on the side of the road watching and cheering...

Ahh ok. Didn't realize this about the coverage. Thanks for the insight.



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Re: He's coming home!!!! Alejandro Valverde comeback thread.

11 Feb 2018 10:16

Great race today on a super tough course in very windy conditions. There were a lot of people out on the course, particularly in Cieza Rojas' home town. A much better first part of the route than in last couple of years in my opinion. A shame really that the TV coverage wasn't on that part as the scenery is amazing. I haven't watched any TV coverage yet as Kronin said most of us in Murcia were watching on the road. The local tv station 7RM have a 15 min highlight program on at 13.15 on Monday (local time ). It is Carnaval time at the moment so a lot of coverage given to that. No doubt there will be something on YouTube or the race site eventually. Kudos to all the riders who made it to the end.

I have some photos but no time at the moment to upload to the site recommended by Joe Papp.
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Re: He's coming home!!!! Alejandro Valverde comeback thread.

11 Feb 2018 17:46

mariposa wrote:...I have some photos but no time at the moment to upload to the site recommended by Joe Papp.
Oh you are such a tease! lol

Google Photos is also very, very easy to use. Easier than Imgur (assuming you have a Gmail acct.). That's actually the service I use to share albums of photos w/ friends and family. Hope you will eventually have time to post some images...always so nice to see unique pics from an event. cheers!
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13 Feb 2018 11:08

He isn't planned on riding Strade?

It's always nice to see him there.
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13 Feb 2018 21:52

Arredondo wrote:He isn't planned on riding Strade?

It's always nice to see him there.



I think it's tentatively on his calendar. He's basically only done a tentative calendar this year due to not knowing how the knee was going to react to racing. Although he has said a couple of times that his plan is to go back to a more classics heavy calendar this year compared to what he raced last year. It would make sense that Strade Bianche is on it although who knows if Milan/San Remo or Flanders is or isn't (he said Flanders is tentatively on it).
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21 Feb 2018 21:06

Just read a brief article talking about Bala's comeback. The team is saying they are hoping he'll be fine by April for the Ardennes and they still can't believe he's where he's at already. Basically just said, it's Alejandro he always amazes us. When the reported asked the team how much longer he's going to race the response was until he's 50 if his body will let him. That seems to be what he wants to do. I remember he was half joking last year saying maybe he'd race til he's 50. Seems he was being more serious about that than joking and seems he still thinks that. Sure I'd love to see him race that long, but it seems like that's asking a bit much. Then again this is Alejandro we're talking about.
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21 Feb 2018 21:49

Valverde will definitely be there until 2020 (when he is 40) but I think that will be about it.

He is already the last man standing in the great Spanish generation unless you also count LLS.
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21 Feb 2018 22:03

I agree that he'll definitely be around at least through 2020. After the last Olympics he said he wanted to go to one more Olympics. So I'd be completely shocked if he's not racing through 2020 and probably a year or two more than that. I do think it's very likely he will race into his 40's. 50 seems unlikely, but apparently he's still saying maybe to that.
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22 Feb 2018 00:34

Sure. at 50 he’ll still be competitive in locals crits...
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Re: He's coming home!!!! Alejandro Valverde comeback thread.

22 Feb 2018 05:54

I know the Tour is ages away but just wanted to share the current lines from PaddyPower for the TdF 2018...

Tour De France 2018 | Outrights | Betting Without Froome

Richie Porte - 15/8

Nairo Quintana - 23/10

Vincenzo Nibali - 4/1

Romain Bardet - 6/1

Geraint Thomas - 6/1

Fabio Aru - 11/1

Alejandro Valverde - 13/1

Rigoberto Uran - 13/1

Ilnur Zakarin - 14/1

Jakob Fuglsang - 14/1

Daniel Martin - 17/1

Bauke Mollema - 17/1

Warren Barguil - 33/1

Thibaut Pinot - 33/1

Wouter Poels - 33/1

Rafal Majka - 40/1

Steven Kruijswijk - 50/1

Adam Yates - 50/1

Primoz Roglic - 60/1

Wilco Kelderman - 90/1

Bob Jungels - 90/1

Julian Alaphilippe - 100/1

Ion Izaguirre - 100/1

Tejay Van Garderen - 150/1

Louis Meintjes - 175/1

George Bennett - 175/1

source: https://www.paddypower.com/cycling/tour-de-france-2018
date: 2/22/2018
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22 Feb 2018 06:28

Geezus at 6/1 is a good bet. With the TTT & cobbles he could be minutes up on the other GC guys by the end of the first week. What about Poels or Kwia?
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22 Feb 2018 13:54

Looks like Don Alejandro means business in Abu Dhabi, but he can't afford to loose more than 30-40sec in TT to Dumoulin and Dennis
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22 Feb 2018 14:46

Blanco wrote:Looks like Don Alejandro means business in Abu Dhabi, but he can't afford to loose more than 30-40sec in TT to Dumoulin and Dennis


Last stage could be really exciting. Will be really interesting to see TD and Dennis in the TT, then that final stage. Dennis has supposedly been working on his climbing game.
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22 Feb 2018 15:38

Robert5091 wrote:Geezus at 6/1 is a good bet. With the TTT & cobbles he could be minutes up on the other GC guys by the end of the first week. What about Poels or Kwia?


not Nibali..
no Landa in there??
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22 Feb 2018 16:11

Blanco wrote:Looks like Don Alejandro means business in Abu Dhabi, but he can't afford to loose more than 30-40sec in TT to Dumoulin and Dennis


It's a 12KM ITT, it's unlikely Don Alejandro would loose that much time in that short of a TT even with it being flat and not technical. He's not a bad ITTer and the Vuelta ITT a couple years ago that was around 25-30KM he lost less than a minute to Dumoulin. He was the only GC rider that was even close to a minute of Dumoulin's time. Also Don Alejandro gained an time bonus today in the intermediate sprint.
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22 Feb 2018 17:14

Just realized that Valverde out sprinted Mark Renshaw for the bonus. Not bad at all.. :cool:
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22 Feb 2018 18:11

Blanco wrote:Just realized that Valverde out sprinted Mark Renshaw for the bonus. Not bad at all.. :cool:


Valverde’s no joke in a reduced sprint.
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22 Feb 2018 18:25

Blanco wrote:Looks like Don Alejandro means business in Abu Dhabi, but he can't afford to loose more than 30-40sec in TT to Dumoulin and Dennis

He can easily drop Dennis by a minute on the climb. I don't even see him as a competitor. He is hyped up, but has never really showed anything on longer, steepish climbs.

Dumo on the other hand.
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22 Feb 2018 18:34

Since I don't really consider Dennis as GC threat, I think only Dumo will be significally faster in the TT.

If he is good, he is about equal to Ion Izagirre, Kelderman and Zakarin. And much better than the rest of the GC guys.
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22 Feb 2018 22:12

Blanco wrote:Just realized that Valverde out sprinted Mark Renshaw for the bonus. Not bad at all.. :cool:


Valverde's got a very good sprint on him and when he was younger at times would mix it up with the sprinters. He's also fast enough to be a good leadout man for one of the top sprinters. His sprint just isn't fast enough to beat the top sprinters. There have been races he'll give his team's sprinter a leadout for a stage win.
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