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Now that Contador has retired, in which rider should I emoti

Landa - strong climber, hints of panache, AC-approved, team leader next year
26
26%
Quintana - surely he'll return to form and beat Froome via attacks in style, right?
5
5%
Chavito
9
9%
Superman Lopez
14
14%
Zakarin
4
4%
Dumoulin - took a dump and won the Giro but a bit like Froome 2.0
14
14%
Nibali - a bit like becoming a Contador fane in April 2015
11
11%
Mas - play the long game
11
11%
Aru - that pain face though
3
3%
Bardet - openly admitted he's not willing to put in the work to excel at the TT - not exactly the attitude of el campeon
4
4%
 
Total votes : 101

12 Sep 2017 15:31

Jarlinson Pantano....
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12 Sep 2017 16:02

Pennino wrote:
King Of The Wolds wrote:
Pennino wrote:
HelloDolly wrote:I dont think Landa is a champion...there I said it ...I think he ia a great climber but no champion and not one who will put it on the line ...no way

Zakarin I like better as he kinda throws himself into things ...quite literally

But when it comes to personality and presence and grit...it has to be Dumoulin ....he has it all going on..he is a champion

None of the young Spanish are near yet so hard to say

Chaves is a lovely guy and great on the short steep stuff but TT and longer MTNs are not great

Yates boys for me have a plateau of top 5...

Quintana has hardly set the World on fire but Lopez looks ot have more panache...but time will tell

I like Bardet & Pinot ....both try and attack ....Of the 2 Pinot is the more rounded and attractive (as a rider)plus he overcame that descending issue which took balls

Aru...pain face is impossible to watch and keep food down...plus he seems to fade badly in 3 weeks races ...not sure what that is about...plus heard pros dont like him and some think he is dodgy

Nibali is the man....great all round rider but maybe we have seen the best of him ...but definitely a champion worth shouting for


Landa is definitely not a champion. A real champ doesn't miss in two (!) GT's the opportunity to take the top step instead of staying with his vulnerable leader.


What, like Chris Froome?


Is Froome a real champ, apart from his results? Always nervous talking on the radio, always riding exactly according to plan. He is the leader because of his exceptional physical characteristics, but he is (almost) never fighting a real race. He takes the lead at some point and then defends, behind his awfully powerful team.

Otherwise he is just the exception that confirms the rule.



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12 Sep 2017 16:04

Where is the none of the above option in this poll?
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12 Sep 2017 16:20

railxmig wrote:
Pantani_lives wrote:
Valv.Piti wrote:I obviously also have to throw Marc Soler in the mix, lets see if my hype pays off, but I genuinely think he will be a big thing.

I expected more of him in the Vuelta, a stage win or a top 10. But he will only turn 24 in November and he was in several breakaways, so he has potential.

I find 24 quite old this day&age. Many youngsters were these years in several breakaways, so i guess they also have potential. But then, AC himself did a kaboom at 25, so he still has a year to catch up big time. Miguel Lopez is a year younger and this Vuelta he showed much more, than just several breakaways. For now, when it comes to Spaniards, Enric Mas seems to have a bit more to offer, while being 2 years younger. Also, what happened to Ruben Fernandez, as he was a big deal like a year to two years ago, and now i don't hear much about him? Maybe a crash, and i just missed it.

Berto exploded at 24
I think Berto showed more climbing talent before his breakthrough than Soler so far, but of course Soler could still turn out to be a star.
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12 Sep 2017 16:36

I cheered for Contador between 2010 and 2013, am I allowed to vote?

Anyway, it's between Chaves and Zakarin for me, but I gave it to Zakarin, seeing how he only had two.
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12 Sep 2017 16:46

StryderHells wrote:Where is the none of the above option in this poll?


The Vino option? I'm pretty sure everyone cheers for him :-)
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12 Sep 2017 17:10

Durden93 wrote:Anyone but Froome.


How can you not love this face:

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12 Sep 2017 17:10

Thanks, now I'm hungry.
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12 Sep 2017 17:13

Alexandre B. wrote:Thanks, now I'm hungry.

looked a veggie pizza, complete waste
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12 Sep 2017 17:18

Pennino wrote:There is an advantage though. We can spend more time on our bikes instead of watching hours of useless television, listening to clueless commentators, wasting heaps of precious time, waiting for those last 3km warriors to maybe (!) pull off something only in the very end of the stage (or classic, once Phil the Great retires). Just go up the road yourselves, imagine you're training or racing like Alberto.

Vamos grandes contadoristas!

This. Mas (AC connection) & Dumoulin (true grit)
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12 Sep 2017 17:19

StryderHells wrote:Where is the none of the above option in this poll?


It's called don't click on the thread! :p

Jk....

Though I do think the OP did a decent job in picking riders who AC fans will/or do root for.
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12 Sep 2017 17:31

Jspear wrote:
StryderHells wrote:Where is the none of the above option in this poll?


It's called don't click on the thread! :p

Jk....

Though I do think the OP did a decent job in picking riders who AC fans will/or do root for.


Thanks! Could have done better but limited by the poll optionlimit.
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12 Sep 2017 19:01

rick james wrote:
Alexandre B. wrote:Thanks, now I'm hungry.

looked a veggie pizza, complete waste
Needs to win the Giro to deserve one with Salsicia!
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12 Sep 2017 19:37

Mikel Landa in GTs and Peter Sagan are the closest thing in terms of cycling philosophy.
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12 Sep 2017 21:11

For me now that Contador is gone my guys to root for are Nibali and Aru.
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12 Sep 2017 22:32

del1962 wrote:Tonton will not be happy with poll

Yes, it's messed up ;) .
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13 Sep 2017 03:37

kingjr wrote:I cheered for Contador between 2010 and 2013, am I allowed to vote?

Anyway, it's between Chaves and Zakarin for me, but I gave it to Zakarin, seeing how he only had two.


I followed on from that. I was pretty neutral for Contador for many years, being such a big Kloden fanboy. Fuente De made me sit up and take a little more notice, and then I liked him a little more still after he struggled in the 2013 Tour (I am attracted to the underdog....rather than the dawg :D ). Klodi retired and so there was a hole in my cycling fanboy heart, available to be filled again.

T-A in 2014 helped, but I think it was really the disappointment of the 2014 Tour, followed by the miraculous recovery to win that Vuelta, that made me a full blown Alberto fan.

And if he didn't have me then, then he certainly had me after 2016 and 2017 Paris-Nice! :)
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13 Sep 2017 06:27

gregrowlerson wrote:
kingjr wrote:I cheered for Contador between 2010 and 2013, am I allowed to vote?

Anyway, it's between Chaves and Zakarin for me, but I gave it to Zakarin, seeing how he only had two.


I followed on from that. I was pretty neutral for Contador for many years, being such a big Kloden fanboy. Fuente De made me sit up and take a little more notice, and then I liked him a little more still after he struggled in the 2013 Tour (I am attracted to the underdog....rather than the dawg :D ). Klodi retired and so there was a hole in my cycling fanboy heart, available to be filled again.

T-A in 2014 helped, but I think it was really the disappointment of the 2014 Tour, followed by the miraculous recovery to win that Vuelta, that made me a full blown Alberto fan.

And if he didn't have me then, then he certainly had me after 2016 and 2017 Paris-Nice! :)


Very scary.... after Ulle also I've been full gas Klödi fanboy, although always appreciated Berto. And seeing him crashing out of that 2014 Tour made me absolutely desperate.
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