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the Darwin "El Puma" Atapuma Giro tribute

28 May 2016 21:36

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Atapuma was in every breakaway heading to the high mountains - every single time he went all out seeking glory but came short twice. What a warrior!!
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28 May 2016 21:43

He probably wanted it too much because he was constantly attacking, most of the times with no good reason. His ride to Corvara was simply heart breaking. Still I'm glad to see that he has fully recovered from his past injuries and he got his first top10 in a GT. I remember seeing him in a TT bike some years ago in the Volta a Portugal, he looked horrendous but I was a fan back then.
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28 May 2016 21:59

The Giro will probably be the race that marks him the coming years, similar to Krujswijk. It was sad to see him lose in Corvara, but on the other hand, I am of the beliefs that the biggest stages should be won by the best GC-riders. I thought he had it today after Nieve killed himself yesterday and on Bonette, but unfortunately, Rein had a little more in the tank.

I reckon BMC will get him to the Tour: who do they have in the mountains to support Porte and Tejay?
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29 May 2016 01:54

Feel bad that he didn't get his stage. At least he got his prize for being in the top ten at the end. Hope the team recognizes this.
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29 May 2016 01:56

Hi there, Carlton!
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29 May 2016 03:01

One of the stars of the race for sure. Love his animated style and was very disappointed he didn't come away with either a stage or the mountains jersey. If stays injury free I am sure this will be rectified in the next few years.
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29 May 2016 06:36

Valv.Piti wrote:The Giro will probably be the race that marks him the coming years, similar to Krujswijk. It was sad to see him lose in Corvara, but on the other hand, I am of the beliefs that the biggest stages should be won by the best GC-riders. I thought he had it today after Nieve killed himself yesterday and on Bonette, but unfortunately, Rein had a little more in the tank.

I reckon BMC will get him to the Tour: who do they have in the mountains to support Porte and Tejay?

Damiano Caruso and Samu Sanchez.
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29 May 2016 10:07

Alexandre B. wrote:
Valv.Piti wrote:The Giro will probably be the race that marks him the coming years, similar to Krujswijk. It was sad to see him lose in Corvara, but on the other hand, I am of the beliefs that the biggest stages should be won by the best GC-riders. I thought he had it today after Nieve killed himself yesterday and on Bonette, but unfortunately, Rein had a little more in the tank.

I reckon BMC will get him to the Tour: who do they have in the mountains to support Porte and Tejay?

Damiano Caruso and Samu Sanchez.


Ugh yeah, they actually have a very decent team for the Tour. GVA, Atapuma and 3 rouleurs and you have one of the best teams in the TdF.
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29 May 2016 11:36

Great performance but needs ot measure his efforts. All the attacking in the breakaways didn't help him win a stage. But I guess Carlton KIrby must be happy
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29 May 2016 12:12

Yesterday he was a bit to eager to win the stage: attacking too much. I think that cost him the stage win. At least he got a GC top-10.
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29 May 2016 12:31

Valv.Piti wrote:
Alexandre B. wrote:
Valv.Piti wrote:The Giro will probably be the race that marks him the coming years, similar to Krujswijk. It was sad to see him lose in Corvara, but on the other hand, I am of the beliefs that the biggest stages should be won by the best GC-riders. I thought he had it today after Nieve killed himself yesterday and on Bonette, but unfortunately, Rein had a little more in the tank.

I reckon BMC will get him to the Tour: who do they have in the mountains to support Porte and Tejay?

Damiano Caruso and Samu Sanchez.


Ugh yeah, they actually have a very decent team for the Tour. GVA, Atapuma and 3 rouleurs and you have one of the best teams in the TdF.

Bookwallter is also a decent workhorse for the early part of the climbs and the hilly stages, they have a pretty strong team.
Back to Atapuma, it's great to see that some riders can get a top 10 on gc by being awesome and going into brreakaways in the high mountains.
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29 May 2016 14:11

he found back his level in mountains after the femur fracture
i hope in the next future he will win some mountain stages.

he cannot be a good mountain in tdf domestique : he is not goodto follow in the valley connecting the climbs because he is very small and light
you are not comfortable at his wheel.

imho he is a good stage hunter in the mountain stages.
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29 May 2016 15:59

He didn't get the stage win but he sure got a huge amount of screen time. BMC got their money's worth with him this Giro.

Now on to more effective stage hunting.
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29 May 2016 16:01

Thanks for three beautiful weeks, el Puma. He deserved to win a stage more than anyone. Hope he can maintain his form until either Dauphine or Switzerland.
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29 May 2016 16:03

DNP-Old wrote:Thanks for three beautiful weeks, el Puma. He deserved to win a stage more than anyone. Hope he can maintain his form until either Dauphine or Switzerland.

Kruiswijk.
Check 'em!
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29 May 2016 16:05

CheckMyPecs wrote:
DNP-Old wrote:Thanks for three beautiful weeks, el Puma. He deserved to win a stage more than anyone. Hope he can maintain his form until either Dauphine or Switzerland.

Kruiswijk.

I actually forgot he didn't win one. Oh well, they're 1A and 1B.
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29 May 2016 17:08

Pumita rode a great race, a shame he couldn't win a stage but he got a top 10 on GC as a reward for his breakaway endeavors :)
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30 May 2016 09:59

Valv.Piti wrote:I reckon BMC will get him to the Tour: who do they have in the mountains to support Porte and Tejay?

Sanchez and Caruso. Dennis and maybe Hermans can also do an ok job. There'll be no onus on BMC to control the race, and i'm sure Atapuma will be tired. I'd expect the rest of the squad to be GVA, Schar and Burghardt/Phinney/Bookwalter (maybe 2 of the last 3 if there is no Hermans).
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25 Jan 2017 12:49

Darwin hits the tarmac hard yesterday, was hospitalized with (apparently) no broken bones
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