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Re: Alberto Contador Discussion Thread

09 May 2017 18:05

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Gigs_98 wrote:I don't know if it's what he says in this interview but I remember another one (I think a GCN interview) in which he also talked about how he is happy about his new bike since it can be crucial. However he didn't say anything like that this is the reason for his GT failure (which is implied by some here) but that the bike can make a difference in races which are decided by a few seconds, and since he has won and lost stage races by single digit seconds quite often in the last years he was happy to use a Trek bike now. Said differently he has become a fan of marginal gains.

Let's not miss the bigger picture here. He is employed by Trek (in fact is the most high profile person associated with their brand), whose biggest rival as a company is Specialized. Of course he will be looking to promote Trek and have a dig at Specialized any chance he gets.

Also, ironically, he's lost nearly every race he's entered this season by single digit seconds.

If only he had a Merida or a Canyon, those are slightly more stiff and aerodynamic than the top-model of Trek.
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09 May 2017 18:05

LaFlorecita wrote:Haters having a field day. If you dislike him and what he says so much, stay the hell away from this thread, it's better for your blood pressure and also for mine.

The Cycling Podcast actually mentioned that Faustino had many rows with Specialized in the past years, because he felt Alberto was competing on inferior material.


Hell no my dear Fleurtje. This is just exactly what we and Contador need. That bloody aggressiveness, with him or against him. War is on. For the sake of cycling and for the sake of the helluva legend that is Alberto goddamn Contador.
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09 May 2017 18:15

carolina wrote:Lol... So many riders already won in the mountains with a specialized tarmac, using the weight argument makes no sense. It's only 400 g. That's less then a water bottle.

Bertie loves an excuse
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Re: Alberto Contador Discussion Thread

09 May 2017 18:44

DFA123 wrote:
Gigs_98 wrote:I don't know if it's what he says in this interview but I remember another one (I think a GCN interview) in which he also talked about how he is happy about his new bike since it can be crucial. However he didn't say anything like that this is the reason for his GT failure (which is implied by some here) but that the bike can make a difference in races which are decided by a few seconds, and since he has won and lost stage races by single digit seconds quite often in the last years he was happy to use a Trek bike now. Said differently he has become a fan of marginal gains.

Let's not miss the bigger picture here. He is employed by Trek (in fact is the most high profile person associated with their brand), whose biggest rival as a company is Specialized. Of course he will be looking to promote Trek and have a dig at Specialized any chance he gets.

Also, ironically, he's lost nearly every race he's entered this season by single digit seconds.


Maybe it's because he's a little bit older so doesn't have the stamina/strength like he used to have, blaming the bike is tosh imo.
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09 May 2017 20:03

It was 6 years ago. That Contador would have smashed everyone today with a starbucks cup on his left hand. Without falling off of his bike.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szLGtG_yQzo&t=261s
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09 May 2017 20:14

lenric wrote:It was 6 years ago. That Contador would have smashed everyone today with a starbucks cup on his left hand. Without falling off of his bike.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szLGtG_yQzo&t=261s


Look at that acceleration :p back when his cadence was more than 30 rpm
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09 May 2017 20:30

You also have one of the biggest "**** you" that has ever been given in cycling from one champion to another one (though Armstrong later proved to be a whiny little bitch):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwUlVheoBhg
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09 May 2017 20:39

lenric wrote:It was 6 years ago. That Contador would have smashed everyone today with a starbucks cup on his left hand. Without falling off of his bike.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szLGtG_yQzo&t=261s

Clearly the best gt rider (and most exciting rider) of the last 30 years
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09 May 2017 20:51

infeXio wrote:
lenric wrote:It was 6 years ago. That Contador would have smashed everyone today with a starbucks cup on his left hand. Without falling off of his bike.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szLGtG_yQzo&t=261s


Look at that acceleration :p back when his cadence was more than 30 rpm

I was watching this the other day (from 28:40)
https://youtu.be/HpkpbggZesk
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09 May 2017 20:54

lenric wrote:It was 6 years ago. That Contador would have smashed everyone today with a starbucks cup on his left hand. Without falling off of his bike.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szLGtG_yQzo&t=261s

I doubt he could have done that on a Spezialised. :p

No seriously, that was an amazing performance.

Edit: Wait, that was actually on a S-Works. Lol.
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09 May 2017 22:00

'2nd place is no good' started early. Baby Bertie willing to gamble.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efK-DYuv7fs
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09 May 2017 22:05

Red Rick wrote:'2nd place is no good' started early. Baby Bertie willing to gamble.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efK-DYuv7fs



It's who he is :).
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10 May 2017 01:53

LaFlorecita wrote:
infeXio wrote:
lenric wrote:It was 6 years ago. That Contador would have smashed everyone today with a starbucks cup on his left hand. Without falling off of his bike.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szLGtG_yQzo&t=261s


Look at that acceleration :p back when his cadence was more than 30 rpm

I was watching this the other day (from 28:40)
https://youtu.be/HpkpbggZesk
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Thanks for sharing...hadn't seen that one before.

I was watching this yesterday after watching 2011 Etna.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O22lT1zGG-I

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10 May 2017 02:53

So is contador really claiming that his size tarmac frame is 400g heavier than the rival bikes? Top frames clock in at roughly 750-950g so I find it hard to swallow the claim. But maybe i am wrong and it weighs 1150-1350g.

Even so, with pro team financial resources it is entirely possible build a tarmac, or any other top frame, with a power meter to the uci legal 6,8kg if need be.

But Yeah, as was pointed out above, this is clearly about spec vs trek.
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10 May 2017 17:35

Red Rick wrote:'2nd place is no good' started early. Baby Bertie willing to gamble.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efK-DYuv7fs

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Re: Alberto Contador Discussion Thread

10 May 2017 17:58

Just sad that he lost all his upper body strength. :rolleyes:
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10 May 2017 19:58

Jspear wrote:
I was watching this yesterday after watching 2011 Etna.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O22lT1zGG-I

Good times...


Hey, me too! :surprised:
Seriously though, thanks for everyone sharing all these videos, it's nice to watch and rewatch these old races, some of them I was too young to see or appreciate, yet Bertie was already great!
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11 May 2017 11:03

Looking through his results after that video, its funny how he in the years of 04-06 consistently rode a very good prologue and Nice-stage in P-N but wasn't anywhere to be seen on the other stages, really.
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11 May 2017 16:21

Watching that live Scarponis bridge to Contador on Etna was mightly impressive as well. Evans ,Scarponi,Contador , Basso were my my favourite riders so I had a great 5 year period. Now Contador is the last one left and I haven't latched onto anyone I like except I have a thing for Navarro and Pardillia but they won't win anything.
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11 May 2017 16:36

Who can forget the taming if the feared Angrilu https://youtu.be/jWxdUWUFprw. Would love to see him race Zoncolon in that form
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