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04 Apr 2017 18:10

If he has any real issues, pro cycling is not really the way to resolve them IMO. Generally speaking.
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04 Apr 2017 18:13

hrotha wrote:If he has any real issues, pro cycling is not really the way to resolve them IMO. Generally speaking.


I agree, there are a busload of cautionary tales out there where potential mental illness and pro-cycling just don't mix. He seems to just about be on the ragged edge these days.
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05 Apr 2017 13:54

This morning was a short sprint stage, Betancur finished in the peloton. Only 11 riders lost time so this was no indication at all. More important is the individual time trial this afternoon. As far as I can see, he did a rather 'good' time trial. Waiting for everyone to finish, but I think it's a promising result since he is no specialist at all.
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05 Apr 2017 14:49

Popchu wrote:This morning was a short sprint stage, Betancur finished in the peloton. Only 11 riders lost time so this was no indication at all. More important is the individual time trial this afternoon. As far as I can see, he did a rather 'good' time trial. Waiting for everyone to finish, but I think it's a promising result since he is no specialist at all.

25th in the TT, which is exceptional, considering the past years
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05 Apr 2017 15:00

Ryo Hazuki wrote:no doubt best flat itt he ever rode
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05 Apr 2017 15:02

janraaskalt wrote:
Popchu wrote:This morning was a short sprint stage, Betancur finished in the peloton. Only 11 riders lost time so this was no indication at all. More important is the individual time trial this afternoon. As far as I can see, he did a rather 'good' time trial. Waiting for everyone to finish, but I think it's a promising result since he is no specialist at all.

25th in the TT, which is exceptional, considering the past years
Only 96 riders and not a strong field though. But it's not bad, not at all.

Tomorrow a more hilly stage, but maybe he'll have working duties .
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05 Apr 2017 15:27

"Exceptional", lol.
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05 Apr 2017 20:56

Exceptional performance
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06 Apr 2017 01:50

It's a start, at least. Sure it was only 6.8 kms and the only real TTers were Dowsett and Castroviejo but hopefully a step in the right direction.

Hopefully Unzue doesn't keep throwing Betancur at unsuitable classics and puts him 2.1 and 2.HC races until he resembles a WT racer.
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06 Apr 2017 03:37

Lets see how he copes with two days as a work horse. Actually his result so far is approved all things considered,but as only fifth placed Movistar rider,he's likely in for a big work load now.
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08 Apr 2017 17:40

Kazistuta wrote:Lets see how he copes with two days as a work horse. Actually his result so far is approved all things considered,but as only fifth placed Movistar rider,he's likely in for a big work load now.
Sarthe is done and dusted, and indeed, the 4th stage he had to work all day so he arrived in a group at 14 minutes. The last day he was again in the bunch (a group of 52 riders). Don't think we can say much about his condition, of course he's still overweight but this should disappear with more race days.

Tomorrow Klasika Primavera de Amorebieta, then the Ardennes? Anyway, I hope he gets a decent race program after the Ardennes, then maybe some rest followed by a nice build up towards the Vuelta. But if he goes back to Colombia, and comes back one week before the Vuelta with 5 to 10 kilograms too much (the story of the last years), then it's once again a lost cause.
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Kazistuta wrote:Lets see how he copes with two days as a work horse. Actually his result so far is approved all things considered,but as only fifth placed Movistar rider,he's likely in for a big work load now.
Sarthe is done and dusted, and indeed, the 4th stage he had to work all day so he arrived in a group at 14 minutes. The last day he was again in the bunch (a group of 52 riders). Don't think we can say much about his condition, of course he's still overweight but this should disappear with more race days.

Tomorrow Klasika Primavera de Amorebieta, then the Ardennes? Anyway, I hope he gets a decent race program after the Ardennes, then maybe some rest followed by a nice build up towards the Vuelta. But if he goes back to Colombia, and comes back one week before the Vuelta with 5 to 10 kilograms too much (the story of the last years), then it's once again a lost cause.


I don't think it will be Adrennes for him this year. Last year Valverde wanted him to ride and persuaded Unzue, and did the same for Il Giro. This year I don't think so, he wasn't anywhere near Valverde and I don't think that he convinced Unzue that he has the form. I see guys like Erviti and Sutherland there, and also Soler, Fernandez, Dani and Gorka
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08 Apr 2017 18:26

The field of Amorebieta is pretty dramatic, even Caja sent a horrible compo. It's almost sure Movistar will add another victory to its list. Time for Betancur to shine?
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08 Apr 2017 18:51

Moviestar wrote:The field of Amorebieta is pretty dramatic, even Caja sent a horrible compo. It's almost sure Movistar will add another victory to its list. Time for Betancur to shine?

Wishful thinking...
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08 Apr 2017 21:48

Popchu wrote:
Kazistuta wrote:Lets see how he copes with two days as a work horse. Actually his result so far is approved all things considered,but as only fifth placed Movistar rider,he's likely in for a big work load now.
Sarthe is done and dusted, and indeed, the 4th stage he had to work all day so he arrived in a group at 14 minutes. The last day he was again in the bunch (a group of 52 riders). Don't think we can say much about his condition, of course he's still overweight but this should disappear with more race days.

Tomorrow Klasika Primavera de Amorebieta, then the Ardennes? Anyway, I hope he gets a decent race program after the Ardennes, then maybe some rest followed by a nice build up towards the Vuelta. But if he goes back to Colombia, and comes back one week before the Vuelta with 5 to 10 kilograms too much (the story of the last years), then it's once again a lost cause.

He is doing the same crab as last year. He should have been leaner at the beginning of the year so to not to repeat the same thing this year and failed. Movistar can't just put a guy on their roster all year just to lose weight so he can be fit at the end of the year and then go back to Colombia and eat like the old roman emperors!
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Popchu wrote:
Kazistuta wrote:Lets see how he copes with two days as a work horse. Actually his result so far is approved all things considered,but as only fifth placed Movistar rider,he's likely in for a big work load now.
Sarthe is done and dusted, and indeed, the 4th stage he had to work all day so he arrived in a group at 14 minutes. The last day he was again in the bunch (a group of 52 riders). Don't think we can say much about his condition, of course he's still overweight but this should disappear with more race days.

Tomorrow Klasika Primavera de Amorebieta, then the Ardennes? Anyway, I hope he gets a decent race program after the Ardennes, then maybe some rest followed by a nice build up towards the Vuelta. But if he goes back to Colombia, and comes back one week before the Vuelta with 5 to 10 kilograms too much (the story of the last years), then it's once again a lost cause.

He is doing the same crab as last year. He should have been leaner at the beginning of the year so to not to repeat the same thing this year and failed. Movistar can't just put a guy on their roster all year just to lose weight so he can be fit at the end of the year and then go back to Colombia and eat like the old roman emperors!


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19 Apr 2017 13:46

Who is that strong, skinny guy wearing Betancur's number at Movistar? Can it be? Could it be? no...it is the commentators that are wrong ;)
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19 Apr 2017 14:01

Good performance today. Not a lost cause after all? ;)
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19 Apr 2017 14:09

What the ****. Betancur, stop it! :p
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19 Apr 2017 14:54

Betancur finally showing good signs.Maybe this year will get him back for good.
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