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Haimar Zubeldia: The Anonymous One

25 Jul 2014 02:30

I don't know why I follow Zubeldia's results each day. He never attacks. He's hardly ever noticed. One or two of his teammates are always picked to finish higher. Despite all that, the guy is consistent and many times ends up the highest on GC on his teams - Four top tens in the TDF and, most likely, a fifth top ten this year to go with two top tens in the Vuelta. And those top tens aren't built on accumulating time gaps in breakaways, they're built upon riding with the best. Is being consistently good in the Tour, but never winning, worthy of note?
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25 Jul 2014 02:33

chiocciolis_calves wrote:I don't know why I follow Zubeldia's results each day. He never attacks. He's hardly ever noticed. One or two of his teammates are always picked to finish higher. Despite all that, the guy is consistent and many times ends up the highest on GC on his teams - Four top tens in the TDF and, most likely, a fifth top ten this year to go with two top tens in the Vuelta. And those top tens aren't built on accumulating time gaps in breakaways, they're built upon riding with the best. Is being consistently good in the Tour, but never winning, worthy of note?


no, its not :cool:
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25 Jul 2014 02:34

Who is this post about? The title only says "the anonymous one"...
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25 Jul 2014 02:38

Jancouver wrote:no, its not :cool:


Well, then that settles it after one response. Remarkable efficiency.

Now I have a couple questions about God and women...
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25 Jul 2014 03:55

chiocciolis_calves wrote:I don't know why I follow Zubeldia's results each day. He never attacks. He's hardly ever noticed. One or two of his teammates are always picked to finish higher. Despite all that, the guy is consistent and many times ends up the highest on GC on his teams - Four top tens in the TDF and, most likely, a fifth top ten this year to go with two top tens in the Vuelta. And those top tens aren't built on accumulating time gaps in breakaways, they're built upon riding with the best. Is being consistently good in the Tour, but never winning, worthy of note?


Yes, it is :D

But I would imagine that most people will miss seeing this thread if it's anything like it's cyclist in question :p
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25 Jul 2014 05:48

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25 Jul 2014 10:58

hehehe one of cycling's biggest enigmas

i think he will finish 8th in this tour even if no moto tv camera will follow him in the itt. what a legend! he's always back there and you'll never see him
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25 Jul 2014 11:48

In 2003 Tour he even ended up in front of overhyped Mayo.

He always rides at his own pace. It wasn't unusual to see him drop from the group of favorites before 20 other riders only to end up 6th or 7th in the end, overtaking them one by one as they get cooked.
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25 Jul 2014 12:10

He Who Must Not Be Seen.
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25 Jul 2014 12:14

nesocip wrote:In 2003 Tour he even ended up in front of overhyped Mayo.

He always rides at his own pace. It wasn't unusual to see him drop from the group of favorites before 20 other riders only to end up 6th or 7th in the end, overtaking them one by one as they get cooked.


Mayo isn't overhyped. He was literally the best climber of the last decade-and-a-bit. Zubeldia was better against the clock, but Mayo schooled the peloton between early 2003 and June 2004.

After that the team doctor left and he never quite reached that level again, but that's another story.
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25 Jul 2014 12:25

nesocip wrote:In 2003 Tour he even ended up in front of overhyped Mayo.

He always rides at his own pace. It wasn't unusual to see him drop from the group of favorites before 20 other riders only to end up 6th or 7th in the end, overtaking them one by one as they get cooked.


Ten Dam said after he few stages he'd prefer to stick to Zubeldia "because he is strong and always keeps a good pace". Zubeldia never falters :D
BYOP88 wrote:Great to see that Porte has rediscovered his 2010/11 climbing form. Hope he can keep it for the rest of the Tour and year.
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25 Jul 2014 12:59

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:Ten Dam said after he few stages he'd prefer to stick to Zubeldia "because he is strong and always keeps a good pace". Zubeldia never falters :D


So he wheelsucks to the master wheelsucker.
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25 Jul 2014 13:02

Please change title to:

Haimar Zubeldia: The Anonymous One or How to Wheelsuck a Top-10 Result All the Way to Paris
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25 Jul 2014 13:07

Arnout wrote:So he wheelsucks to the master wheelsucker.


Actually Zubeldia more than once made the pace of his group, usually dragging Mollema, Ten Dam and Schleck along.
BYOP88 wrote:Great to see that Porte has rediscovered his 2010/11 climbing form. Hope he can keep it for the rest of the Tour and year.
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25 Jul 2014 14:29

I love him! great diesel climber, but why he can't win at 1 week races? not the big ones, but langkawi-sanluis-utah-beauce
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25 Jul 2014 14:32

Guybrush wrote:I love him! great diesel climber, but why he can't win at 1 week races? not the big ones, but langkawi-sanluis-utah-beauce


Because he doesn't ride them :))
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25 Jul 2014 14:45

Zubeldia doesn't actually wheelsuck, if he did we would see a lot of him.
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25 Jul 2014 15:10

sultanofhyd wrote:Zubeldia doesn't actually wheelsuck, if he did we would see a lot of him.


Yeah he seems to be riding own pace like 50 meters behind the front group all the time.
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25 Jul 2014 15:16

Arnout wrote:Yeah he seems to be riding own pace like 50 meters behind the front group all the time.


Yes, he does that intentionally, to not be labelled a wheelsucker.

It is known.
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25 Jul 2014 15:41

Guybrush wrote:I love him! great diesel climber, but why he can't win at 1 week races? not the big ones, but langkawi-sanluis-utah-beauce

Because he is not explosive but has great recuperation ability.:)
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