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15 Dec 2017 14:39

Moviestar wrote:Unzue just confirmed on the official presentation that the will send the three musketeers to the TOUR!

They will be unstoppable. At least one will make it to the first rest day unscathed. There's a chance of internal feuds, of course, but it's the way to go.
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16 Dec 2017 18:20

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUJW6y5B3ag&feature=youtu.be
Team presentation, good to see the new faces, should help med recognise the Arcas, Castrillo and Carreteros of the world.
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16 Dec 2017 22:04

Nice colors. Wish them the best!
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16 Dec 2017 22:42

Bananito looking relatively slim. Be afraid, be very afraid!
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16 Dec 2017 23:28

fauniera wrote:Bananito looking relatively slim. Be afraid, be very afraid!


Can't wait for that season highpoint GC top 20 at a random stagerace
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17 Dec 2017 11:29

fauniera wrote:Bananito looking relatively slim. Be afraid, be very afraid!
Relatively, indeed. Could be better, could be worse. Starting his season in Argentina and Colombia, before targetting the classics and the Giro d'Italia.
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17 Dec 2017 16:17

GuyIncognito wrote:
fauniera wrote:Bananito looking relatively slim. Be afraid, be very afraid!


Can't wait for that season highpoint GC top 20 at a random stagerace

Like the Tour in 2017?
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18 Dec 2017 21:10

The irony of Landa leaving and now having to share leader duties with Quintana and Valverde. Lmao, it must be hard.
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18 Dec 2017 21:24

Valv.Piti wrote:The irony of Landa leaving and now having to share leader duties with Quintana and Valverde. Lmao, it must be hard.

he will prove that he is the best gt rider in movistar. (I know quintana has a better palmares)
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18 Dec 2017 21:25

portugal11 wrote:
Valv.Piti wrote:The irony of Landa leaving and now having to share leader duties with Quintana and Valverde. Lmao, it must be hard.

he will prove that he is the best gt rider in movistar. (I know quintana has a better palmares)

And is a better GT rider than Landa (and a better climber too).
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18 Dec 2017 22:07

Well technically Valverde has the best GT palmares of the 3. 8 total podiums and only 2 finishes outside the top 10 of GTs he's finished. The 2012 Tour where he was coming back from his ban and the 2016 Vuelta where he was racing his 3rd GT of the season.
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18 Dec 2017 22:33

Koronin wrote:Well technically Valverde has the best GT palmares of the 3. 8 total podiums and only 2 finishes outside the top 10 of GTs he's finished. The 2012 Tour where he was coming back from his ban and the 2016 Vuelta where he was racing his 3rd GT of the season.

Quintana’s record is more impressive, as shown here: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=33607
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18 Dec 2017 23:51

Escarabajo wrote:Nice colors. Wish them the best!


Wish the M was yellow though :cool:
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19 Dec 2017 03:21

Koronin wrote:Well technically Valverde has the best GT palmares of the 3. 8 total podiums and only 2 finishes outside the top 10 of GTs he's finished. The 2012 Tour where he was coming back from his ban and the 2016 Vuelta where he was racing his 3rd GT of the season.



Even more he finished 12th and if he didn't crack on that one stage he would have been in top 10.
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20 Dec 2017 02:41

SHAD0W93 wrote:
Koronin wrote:Well technically Valverde has the best GT palmares of the 3. 8 total podiums and only 2 finishes outside the top 10 of GTs he's finished. The 2012 Tour where he was coming back from his ban and the 2016 Vuelta where he was racing his 3rd GT of the season.



Even more he finished 12th and if he didn't crack on that one stage he would have been in top 10.



Yep. Actually that's even more impressive when you think about it.
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20 Dec 2017 03:26

Koronin wrote:
SHAD0W93 wrote:
Koronin wrote:Well technically Valverde has the best GT palmares of the 3. 8 total podiums and only 2 finishes outside the top 10 of GTs he's finished. The 2012 Tour where he was coming back from his ban and the 2016 Vuelta where he was racing his 3rd GT of the season.



Even more he finished 12th and if he didn't crack on that one stage he would have been in top 10.



Yep. Actually that's even more impressive when you think about it.


I was sad he couldn't do it. Was hoping he would.
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24 Dec 2017 11:56

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/landa-i-have-to-pursue-my-goals/

It seems like Quintana is NOT the main dog for the Tour.

What the hell are the going to do on the cobbled stage? If it's rainy or aggressive, it could destroy the hopes for all of them. And Movistar don't have many riders who can do well in such terrain.

Maybe one of them should ride some cobbled classics to gain more experience?

Imagine Landa or Quintana in Paris-Roubaix. :lol:
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24 Dec 2017 13:40

WheelofGear wrote:http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/landa-i-have-to-pursue-my-goals/

It seems like Quintana is NOT the main dog for the Tour.


More precisely, it seems that Landa is very concerned with whether or not Quintana is the main dog for the Tour.
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24 Dec 2017 13:57

The MS plan seems fraught with danger but if they can keep their three riders out of trouble in the first week, then their lack of teamwork could disrupt the Skytrain - Stranger things have happened.
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24 Dec 2017 18:22

WheelofGear wrote:http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/landa-i-have-to-pursue-my-goals/

It seems like Quintana is NOT the main dog for the Tour.

What the hell are the going to do on the cobbled stage? If it's rainy or aggressive, it could destroy the hopes for all of them. And Movistar don't have many riders who can do well in such terrain.

Maybe one of them should ride some cobbled classics to gain more experience?

Imagine Landa or Quintana in Paris-Roubaix. :lol:


Well Valverde actually does have cobbled racing experience. He's raced a couple of the cobbled semi-classics a few times and done decently in them. Depending on how his recovery has gone and with the cobbled stage this year I wouldn't be shocked to see him race one of them again this year. He does keep promising he's going to race Flanders and last year said maybe he'd race Paris-Roubiax. If Movistar sends any of the 3 it will be Valverde if he wants to go. The only other Movistar rider with any good results in cobbled races is Valverde's longtime domestique Erviti. If Valverde's able to come back close to what he was before the injury he actually may be their best hope for the Tour even though he really would rather chase another Vuelta.
Funny part is that mostly Landa is only going after Quintana in his comments and only once said he wouldn't wait for Valverde either, but otherwise hasn't mentioned him. He's also said he expects to race with Valverde in a couple of early races as co leaders. Both Valverde and Landa have said they think it will be fun to race together as their styles are very different and think they compliment each others styles very well.
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