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26 Jul 2014 15:08

Angliru wrote:Keeping a good steady pace is not the same as being a wheelsucker.


For the record, I am joking a bit, I actually quite like Zubeldia because I started following cycling for real in 2003 and I really liked the guys in orange ;)
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26 Jul 2014 15:19

Eight place. Awesome
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26 Jul 2014 15:42

Oh Zubeldia, Nice ninja into the top 10 this Tour! :D
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26 Jul 2014 15:53

Afrank wrote:Oh Zubeldia, Nice ninja into the top 10 this Tour! :D


Now he hibernates for 11 months.
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26 Jul 2014 15:56

Warhawk wrote:Now he hibernates for 11 months.


He usually also rides the Vuelta, ending up in 15th place or thereabout.
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26 Jul 2014 16:15

Yaaay, nice 8th!!
Haimar doesn't wheelsuck, he stalks, and when he does, it's not in bad intention, he's never stolen a win from anyone :p
He's one of those few that got me into cycling after all, can not bring myself to ever say bad things about him.
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26 Jul 2014 16:18

afpm90 wrote:That's strange... He never rode with those teams. His last season for Euskaltel was in 2008. So he was with Armstrong in 2009 at Astana and in 2010 at RadioShack.


Thanks for the correction. Didn't recognize him in orange in the 2003 photo, and I'd assumed he'd been associated with Trek earlier.

He doesn't wheelsuck. He paced Frank Schleck for his short time in the second chase group Thursday.

He should be Trek's team leader for the Vuelta or USA Pro Challenge. Maybe if Trek sees that he has fans, they'd let him do it.
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26 Jul 2014 16:54

Today was probably the day we saw most TV pictures of him in the whole Tour :D
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26 Jul 2014 18:37

What if we sum up his 13 appearances? How many secs on TV we get? He is the "Spaniard" with more appearances in Le Tour.
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26 Jul 2014 19:34

lejarreta wrote:What if we sum up his 13 appearances? How many secs on TV we get? He is the "Spaniard" with more appearances in Le Tour.


He got quite a bit TV time during 2003 Ax-3 Domaines stage, but that stage probably gives %80 of his TV time for his career. :D
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26 Jul 2014 19:58

Glad a thread started up for this guy, a massively underrated guy. Always like to look out for his name and never surprised to see him do another top 10.
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26 Jul 2014 20:02

lejarreta wrote:What if we sum up his 13 appearances? How many secs on TV we get? He is the "Spaniard" with more appearances in Le Tour.


He's the stage name of Russell Crowe's character in Gladiator? :p:D

Anyway, have we considered that maybe he's one of the X-Men and his superpower is that he emits a signal that interferes with communications technology?
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26 Jul 2014 21:50

I think commentators notes are organized alphabetically, so they never get down to the last page to talk about him.
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26 Jul 2014 23:52

That's six top ten finishes in the TDF for Zubeldia. Anyone know what the record is for most career top ten finishes? Hinault and Merckx have six, correct? Did Pou Pou or Joop have more than that?
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26 Jul 2014 23:57

Why is he not Trek's GC guy if he has such a good record?
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27 Jul 2014 00:02

I've been just taking a look at 2003 Tour Luz Ardiden stage. They are climbing Tourmalet, of course TV shows Ullrich, Armstrong and Mayo. We can see Vino, even Hamilton. Where is Haimar? Nobody knows... and here he is coming from nowhere (min 21:20) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=almydPwM7wo
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27 Jul 2014 00:54

elfed68 wrote:Why is he not Trek's GC guy if he has such a good record?


Being given the title of GC leader would draw too much attention to him. No, he needs to stay anonymous and ninja his way into countless top 10 after top 10. :D
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27 Jul 2014 10:16

This morning The Anonymous one has called to my mind as I placed a small bet on him for Top10 two weeks before Tour but he was so invisible that I forgot it lol.:D Today I saw he is 8th.Magnificent.
True Ninja Style.
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27 Jul 2014 10:36

ILovecycling wrote:This morning The Anonymous one has called to my mind as I placed a small bet on him for Top10 two weeks before Tour but he was so invisible that I forgot it lol.:D Today I saw he is 8th.Magnificent.
True Ninja Style.
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Menchov seems like a celebrity compared to Zubeldia. A stealth fighter.
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27 Jul 2014 11:11

chiocciolis_calves wrote:That's six top ten finishes in the TDF for Zubeldia. Anyone know what the record is for most career top ten finishes? Hinault and Merckx have six, correct? Did Pou Pou or Joop have more than that?


Armstrong has 8 (all podium). Poulidor has 11 (8 podium). Zoetemelk has 12 (7 podium).
Goodbye, Tommeke; thank you for all you have given us!
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