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

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08 Jan 2018 15:05

Valv.Piti wrote:Im okay with that, but I would have preferred a Giro + Vuelta if Landa isn't riding the Giro.

But giro and ardennes don't complement too well
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08 Jan 2018 21:08

portugal11 wrote:
Valv.Piti wrote:Im okay with that, but I would have preferred a Giro + Vuelta if Landa isn't riding the Giro.

But giro and ardennes don't complement too well


He managed the Giro after the Ardennes just fine two years ago.
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08 Jan 2018 22:29

No, it isn't perfect for the Ardennes, but not too bad anyways. And I'd rather still have him have a shot at the Giro than getting involved in the Landa-Quintana circus tbh. But I rather think he will ride the Tour and show to the whole world (and not just real cycling-fans, lets be honest) that he is back, if he indeed is back which everything is pointing at right now..
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08 Jan 2018 23:26

Valv.Piti wrote:No, it isn't perfect for the Ardennes, but not too bad anyways. And I'd rather still have him have a shot at the Giro than getting involved in the Landa-Quintana circus tbh. But I rather think he will ride the Tour and show to the whole world (and not just real cycling-fans, lets be honest) that he is back, if he indeed is back which everything is pointing at right now..



You may have a point as to why he wants the Tour this year, to show the world he's back. I'd still rather he did the Giro/Vuelta double. He's said he likes those two better than the Tour. Then the whole Landa/Quintana circus is going to lead to a disaster. Which is actually may be why Movistar wants him there. He's been around long enough that he can ignor it to a point and keep the rest of the team from imploding and get his typical top 5/10 at the Tour. I swear Movistar is sending him to be a referee between those two.
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14 Jan 2018 19:53

Don Alejandro announced schedule. From Mallorca till Lombardia, from January till October. That's what real champions do!
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14 Jan 2018 21:11

I'm glad that he skipped Pais Vasco now that he has already won it. It's a bit overkill. Let Landa target it.
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14 Jan 2018 21:34

Velolover2 wrote:I'm glad that he skipped Pais Vasco now that he has already won it. It's a bit overkill. Let Landa target it.


Since he's skipping this one this year, maybe he'll finally go to Flanders?

With what he's said about his schedule, looks like it's going to be a typical schedule for him.
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14 Jan 2018 22:18

I'd like to see him do Paris-Nice again, although he won't.
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14 Jan 2018 22:18

Meh, I hoped for the Giro. And now that he doesn't ride the Giro I had hoped for 2 races out of PN, TA, Catalunya and Pais Vasco.
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14 Jan 2018 22:42

Netserk wrote:I'd like to see him do Paris-Nice again, although he won't.

Yeah, last year was the year to do it. Had he made the splits the first couple of days, he would've won rather easily considering Henao really wasn't THAT good and Contador would have had to make up a significant amount of time on 2017 Valverde in Valverde-terrain. But why not try this year.... :(
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14 Jan 2018 23:03

Valv.Piti wrote:
Netserk wrote:I'd like to see him do Paris-Nice again, although he won't.

Yeah, last year was the year to do it. Had he made the splits the first couple of days, he would've won rather easily considering Henao really wasn't THAT good and Contador would have had to make up a significant amount of time on 2017 Valverde in Valverde-terrain. But why not try this year.... :(



He said something about going back to Strade Bianche this year, so unlikely he races Paris-Nice due to Paris-Nice starting the day after Strade Bianche.
On the other hand this is the one rider who loves to make last minute changes to his calendar so who knows.
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14 Jan 2018 23:04

I think Quintana is leading Movistar in T-A but it actually suit Valverde better. He could easily win on top of the Trevi climb and the stage to Filottrano. The short, explosive TT also suit him well and Movistar is a great TTT team.

In PN, there is only really the stage to Sisteron which suit him very well.
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14 Jan 2018 23:07

Paris Nice is one of the few big holes in his palmares, a big race he should really have won.
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14 Jan 2018 23:11

Valdeblore La Colmaine has Porte written all over it, tough.

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14 Jan 2018 23:14

Velolover2 wrote:I think Quintana is leading Movistar in T-A but it actually suit Valverde better. He could easily win on top of the Trevi climb and the stage to Filottrano. The short, explosive TT also suit him well and Movistar is a great TTT team.

In PN, there is only really the stage to Sisteron which suit him very well.


You're right. Quintana is going to T-A. Valverde said after he raced it for the 2nd time in his career in 2016 that he was never going back to it.
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15 Jan 2018 06:19

Koronin wrote:
Velolover2 wrote:I think Quintana is leading Movistar in T-A but it actually suit Valverde better. He could easily win on top of the Trevi climb and the stage to Filottrano. The short, explosive TT also suit him well and Movistar is a great TTT team.

In PN, there is only really the stage to Sisteron which suit him very well.


You're right. Quintana is going to T-A. Valverde said after he raced it for the 2nd time in his career in 2016 that he was never going back to it.

Was he being a drama queen over the cancelled stage? :D
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15 Jan 2018 08:59

What about his plans to add the RVV once to his palmares? Or is he waiting for Peto and GVA to be retired? :D
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15 Jan 2018 09:36

RVV is too hard for him but he should at least give it a try.

Or a lesser race like E3 or GW now that there is cobbles featured in the Tour.
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15 Jan 2018 09:53

E-3 Harelbeke is probably the race that suits him the most out of the cobbles, but Id rather just have he focused on what he knows that he can win than doing 2-3 cobbled races. He won't win those, but a top-10 in Flanders would obviously be a big deal for him due to the fact that he is a complete stranger (almost) to those kind of races. Still, I dont care too much for that, altho I must admit it would be intriguing if he chose to race it. But that would come at the expense of other races.

I think the P-N route is great for Valverde. Pretty much every Paris-Nice route is, heck, pretty much every one week stage race is a great route for Valverde when we ignore Dauphine and Suisse. With Quintana doing T-A, I really hope he rides, but maybe he liked training ahead of Catalunya better than racing after last year's masterpiece
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15 Jan 2018 10:02

Valv.Piti wrote:E-3 Harelbeke is probably the race that suits him the most out of the cobbles, but Id rather just have he focused on what he knows that he can win than doing 2-3 cobbled races. He won't win those, but a top-10 in Flanders would obviously be a big deal for him due to the fact that he is a complete stranger (almost) to those kind of races. Still, I dont care too much for that, altho I must admit it would be intriguing if he chose to race it. But that would come at the expense of other races.

I think the P-N route is great for Valverde. Pretty much every Paris-Nice route is, heck, pretty much every one week stage race is a great route for Valverde when we ignore Dauphine and Suisse. With Quintana doing T-A, I really hope he rides, but maybe he liked training ahead of Catalunya better than racing after last year's masterpiece

I think it would be great to see him race Flanders or some other cobbled classic, but surely that's the kind of plan best left for his last season as a kind of swansaong. There's such a risk of crashing though at the sharp end, that it doesn't seem worth it and risk his shot at the Ardennes.

Didn't he miss P-N lat year because of illness? In which case surely he'll go for either that or Strade Bianche instead of a dedicated training block. I agree that he'd have a great chance at P-N, but I guess he might be put off by the potential for cold weather - it doesn't seem like a race that he's ever really warmed to.
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