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09 Oct 2017 16:09

@ Angliru, Sorry, for clarity yes 'some', but they are so loud and take up so much space on the forum that they give the others a bad name.
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09 Oct 2017 16:23

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Great article, he will be missed. Can`t really understand that the vuelta was his last race. Maybe taking a break watching pro cycling is a good idea. Who will you cheer for now Fleu?

Will cheer for many as I always have but I have to say I don't see who could replace Berto at this point :(
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09 Oct 2017 17:31

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Great article, he will be missed. Can`t really understand that the vuelta was his last race. Maybe taking a break watching pro cycling is a good idea. Who will you cheer for now Fleu?

Will cheer for many as I always have but I have to say I don't see who could replace Berto at this point :(

Yeah, for a relatively young cycling fan like me it is very hard to imagine another rider ever getting hyped like Berto again. But then again, I'm sure new champions will emerge and there will be new fan favorites. It might take a few years but I'm sure everyone will get someone to cheer for again.
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09 Oct 2017 18:25

LaFlorecita wrote:
Serpentin wrote:



Great article, he will be missed. Can`t really understand that the vuelta was his last race. Maybe taking a break watching pro cycling is a good idea. Who will you cheer for now Fleu?

Will cheer for many as I always have but I have to say I don't see who could replace Berto at this point :(


Nibali is the only one left from the climbers that emulates Contador's fighting spirit. Lombardia this year was a thing of beauty.
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10 Oct 2017 05:57

LaFlorecita wrote:
Serpentin wrote:



Great article, he will be missed. Can`t really understand that the vuelta was his last race. Maybe taking a break watching pro cycling is a good idea. Who will you cheer for now Fleu?

Will cheer for many as I always have but I have to say I don't see who could replace Berto at this point :(


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10 Oct 2017 20:42

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Serpentin wrote:



Great article, he will be missed. Can`t really understand that the vuelta was his last race. Maybe taking a break watching pro cycling is a good idea. Who will you cheer for now Fleu?

Will cheer for many as I always have but I have to say I don't see who could replace Berto at this point :(

legends don't born every day. and we are talking about the greatest gt rider of the last 30 years.
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11 Oct 2017 12:30

LaFlorecita wrote:
Serpentin wrote:



Great article, he will be missed. Can`t really understand that the vuelta was his last race. Maybe taking a break watching pro cycling is a good idea. Who will you cheer for now Fleu?

Will cheer for many as I always have but I have to say I don't see who could replace Berto at this point :(


Pretty much me. I will be pleased to watch anyone who has an attacking, individualistic kind of approach, because that's the kind of racing I like to see. But it'll be a race by race, vague kind of liking versus the support I feel for Berto. But, it might actually be something of a relief not to be quite so invested!

Was a lovely article though. I reckon I won't really process his not being around until the start of next season. Then I anticipate lots of looking for him in the peloton and feeling sad he isn't there.
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15 Oct 2017 14:58

Schedule for the next weeks
17 Oct - TDF presentation
20 Oct - Japan Cup criterium
29 Oct - Shanghai ASO criterium

We'll likely see him lead out Fumy Beppu in Japan, while Shanghai will be a thrilling city circuit finishing in a sprint-à-deux between him and Froome, with Froome winning, of course, as this year's TDF winner :cool:
These criteriums are a circus but I know he has many fans in Japan and China so it'll be cool for some of them to get a chance to see him in person.

he's been touring the north of Spain last week :cool:
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18 Oct 2017 20:19

Stage 17 Tour 2018 is made for him
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18 Oct 2017 20:41

LaFlorecita wrote:Schedule for the next weeks
17 Oct - TDF presentation
20 Oct - Japan Cup criterium
29 Oct - Shanghai ASO criterium

We'll likely see him lead out Fumy Beppu in Japan, while Shanghai will be a thrilling city circuit finishing in a sprint-à-deux between him and Froome, with Froome winning, of course, as this year's TDF winner :cool:
These criteriums are a circus but I know he has many fans in Japan and China so it'll be cool for some of them to get a chance to see him in person.

he's been touring the north of Spain last week :cool:
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I wonder if they put something up there on the Angliru in memorial of that spectator that died after crashing on Cuena les Cabres
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19 Oct 2017 12:56

I didn't know Berto is now an official ambassador for the Giro

https://rouleur.cc/editorial/alberto-contador-champion-modern-times/?utm_content=bufferdd9bc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Giro d’Italia owners RCS wasted no time in snapping him up as an ambassador.
“Whenever we discussed anything with Alberto, ‘yes’ meant ‘yes’ and ‘no’ meant ‘no’,” says Mauro Vegni, the Giro’s race director, explaining why Contador is now a Giro ambassador.
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19 Oct 2017 13:34

LaFlorecita wrote:I didn't know Berto is now an official ambassador for the Giro

https://rouleur.cc/editorial/alberto-contador-champion-modern-times/?utm_content=bufferdd9bc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Giro d’Italia owners RCS wasted no time in snapping him up as an ambassador.
“Whenever we discussed anything with Alberto, ‘yes’ meant ‘yes’ and ‘no’ meant ‘no’,” says Mauro Vegni, the Giro’s race director, explaining why Contador is now a Giro ambassador.


Good for the Giro!

Great article, he is a Campionissimo; Champion of Champions!!

EDIT: Removed portion which may be considered against forum rules.
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21 Oct 2017 09:17

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bafjbj7h1iO/
A wee video posted by Alberto today... Japanese fans are the best :)
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LaFlorecita wrote:https://www.instagram.com/p/Bafjbj7h1iO/
A wee video posted by Alberto today... Japanese fans are the best :)


That fan with his victories on it was pretty cool!!
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Vincezo Nibali joins Anquetil, Gimondi, Merckx, Hinault and Contador as only the 6th winner of all 3 Grand Tours! Bravo Lo Squalo!
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25 Oct 2017 17:32

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25 Oct 2017 20:34

If I recall correctly, De Kort was Contador's accomplice in at least one of those Vuelta Escapes.
But of course; that was practically his job description during the Vuelta...
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RedheadDane wrote:If I recall correctly, De Kort was Contador's accomplice in at least one of those Vuelta Escapes.
But of course; that was practically his job description during the Vuelta...

He launched Berto's attack on the last climb on stage 19
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RedheadDane wrote:If I recall correctly, De Kort was Contador's accomplice in at least one of those Vuelta Escapes.
But of course; that was practically his job description during the Vuelta...

He launched Berto's attack on the last climb on stage 19

Nothing more stylish than flat domestiques setting up team leaders on Murito's
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26 Oct 2017 16:37



Nice pic!

Here’s my Japan Cup Crit report. It was a fun afternoon, first time ever to see any WT racers without some kind of electronic visual intermediary! Wow they sure zip by quickly! Had been thinking to take a proper camera for some pics but forecast was light rain so I left it at home, so I took some video clips and a few pics on the iPad. I moved around the course between peloton passes searching for good vantage points - heard some Japanese fans yelling out “Alberto” as they raced past with Trek and Contador on the front (yes, he actually did some pulls)

Since it’s a crit I normally assume the winner is scripted, however - in this case, I’m not sure if the person who won was supposed to win! A few hundred metres before the finish there was a small crash - a rider’s bike slid out from under him in the slippery conditions, taking down Jasper Styven who was right behind him, and who was trying to lead out Beppu. In the meantime the winner, Canola (Nippo Vini-Fantini) and a couple other riders were still ahead. I wonder had the crash not happened if Beppu would have been the designated winner again…? Hard to tell from where I was, but I assume there was enough road left to catch the leaders. Or maybe the escape was designated to win, regardless of crash, who knows!

I had wanted to arrive about an hour before the start, but just missed my train and the next one didn’t leave for an hour, so I arrived just after start time. With some spare time between the end of the race and the presentation I wandered around a bit and passed a very long queue of people waiting to buy Trek-Segafredo shirts and limited edition “Muchas Gracias Alberto” T-shirts at the Trek booth. The adjacent Cannondale booth was very quiet in comparison. Made me realize how important Beppu is for Trek for their Japan marketing, he’s a big name in Japan, though obviously Contador was the main attraction this time round. Turns out he's quite the rock star in Japan, maybe even more popular than anticipated. In fact, he might return next year which could make for more great marketing for Trek, retired or not! Made me wonder what Cancellara's reception was like last year. He would have had a big following too.

I passed the booths again later as they were getting ready to close down, no queues, a Japanese Trek guy gave me a TS keyring, and I decided to buy the Alberto T-Shirt, complete with cheesy print of him on it as a souvenir. I could have lived without the pic, though I like the red colour and good fabric quality (not the usual el-cheapo thin stuff). On the back is the querer es poder design with symbols representing the 3 GTs - I think the same design from the custom Trek bike. One sleeve has the Contador logo and Fundacion Contador with website, and the other has trek, segafredo on it.

I thought of you La Flo - if there had been a way to contact you I would have asked if you wanted one! I thought about grabbing another one, but didn’t have enough cash on me without a trip to the ATM. Though I bet they could easily be tracked down thru Trek Japan if not available in in Europe. If you or any other Contador fans are interested I'm happy to check.

I saw some pics from the Trek after party, and was surprised to see one with Alberto presenting a team-signed jersey to a friend’s husband, who I knew had a managerial position at Segafredo, but didn’t realize he was the (or one of the) head honcho(s?) for Japan! I wish I’d known, he would have let me sneak in!

After party article/pics:
Japanese - http://cyclist.sanspo.com/366260
Translation (sort of..!) via Bing: http://www.microsofttranslator.com/bv.aspx?from=&to=en&a=http%3A%2F%2Fcyclist.sanspo.com%2F366260

The link below covering the actual Japan cup mentions there was a big crowd of Contador fans waiting from as early as 7am for him to show up! :surprised:
Japanese: http://cyclist.sanspo.com/365896
Translate: http://www.microsofttranslator.com/bv.aspx?from=&to=en&a=http%3A%2F%2Fcyclist.sanspo.com%2F365896

It would have been nice to watch the Cup, but I had something else on that day, plus it was a crazy rainy day - with a typhoon on its way to pass thru the following morning!

Also - I found the video of the teams presentation night online and boy does lil Richie look chubby!!! But at least he’s healthy again after that horrible crash! I can probably find it again if anyone wants to see it.
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26 Oct 2017 18:51

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Nice pic!

Here’s my Japan Cup Crit report. It was a fun afternoon, first time ever to see any WT racers without some kind of electronic visual intermediary! Wow they sure zip by quickly! Had been thinking to take a proper camera for some pics but forecast was light rain so I left it at home, so I took some video clips and a few pics on the iPad. I moved around the course between peloton passes searching for good vantage points - heard some Japanese fans yelling out “Alberto” as they raced past with Trek and Contador on the front (yes, he actually did some pulls)

Since it’s a crit I normally assume the winner is scripted, however - in this case, I’m not sure if the person who won was supposed to win! A few hundred metres before the finish there was a small crash - a rider’s bike slid out from under him in the slippery conditions, taking down Jasper Styven who was right behind him, and who was trying to lead out Beppu. In the meantime the winner, Canola (Nippo Vini-Fantini) and a couple other riders were still ahead. I wonder had the crash not happened if Beppu would have been the designated winner again…? Hard to tell from where I was, but I assume there was enough road left to catch the leaders. Or maybe the escape was designated to win, regardless of crash, who knows!

I had wanted to arrive about an hour before the start, but just missed my train and the next one didn’t leave for an hour, so I arrived just after start time. With some spare time between the end of the race and the presentation I wandered around a bit and passed a very long queue of people waiting to buy Trek-Segafredo shirts and limited edition “Muchas Gracias Alberto” T-shirts at the Trek booth. The adjacent Cannondale booth was very quiet in comparison. Made me realize how important Beppu is for Trek for their Japan marketing, he’s a big name in Japan, though obviously Contador was the main attraction this time round. Turns out he's quite the rock star in Japan, maybe even more popular than anticipated. In fact, he might return next year which could make for more great marketing for Trek, retired or not! Made me wonder what Cancellara's reception was like last year. He would have had a big following too.

I passed the booths again later as they were getting ready to close down, no queues, a Japanese Trek guy gave me a TS keyring, and I decided to buy the Alberto T-Shirt, complete with cheesy print of him on it as a souvenir. I could have lived without the pic, though I like the red colour and good fabric quality (not the usual el-cheapo thin stuff). On the back is the querer es poder design with symbols representing the 3 GTs - I think the same design from the custom Trek bike. One sleeve has the Contador logo and Fundacion Contador with website, and the other has trek, segafredo on it.

I thought of you La Flo - if there had been a way to contact you I would have asked if you wanted one! I thought about grabbing another one, but didn’t have enough cash on me without a trip to the ATM. Though I bet they could easily be tracked down thru Trek Japan if not available in in Europe. If you or any other Contador fans are interested I'm happy to check.

I saw some pics from the Trek after party, and was surprised to see one with Alberto presenting a team-signed jersey to a friend’s husband, who I knew had a managerial position at Segafredo, but didn’t realize he was the (or one of the) head honcho(s?) for Japan! I wish I’d known, he would have let me sneak in!

After party article/pics:
Japanese - http://cyclist.sanspo.com/366260
Translation (sort of..!) via Bing: http://www.microsofttranslator.com/bv.aspx?from=&to=en&a=http%3A%2F%2Fcyclist.sanspo.com%2F366260

The link below covering the actual Japan cup mentions there was a big crowd of Contador fans waiting from as early as 7am for him to show up! :surprised:
Japanese: http://cyclist.sanspo.com/365896
Translate: http://www.microsofttranslator.com/bv.aspx?from=&to=en&a=http%3A%2F%2Fcyclist.sanspo.com%2F365896

It would have been nice to watch the Cup, but I had something else on that day, plus it was a crazy rainy day - with a typhoon on its way to pass thru the following morning!

Also - I found the video of the teams presentation night online and boy does lil Richie look chubby!!! But at least he’s healthy again after that horrible crash! I can probably find it again if anyone wants to see it.



Great report, I`m glad you went. I would have bought a T-shirt too! You don`t see much IRL compared to the TV but it is worth it to watch the races live and feel the atmosphere. I must go to some race in europe next year.
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