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12 Aug 2017 20:23

Red Rick wrote:According to Koen de Kort, Contador's shape is fine head of the Vuelta. He was part of the CN podcast where they discussed Contador's impending retirement.

Also, according to Koen de Kort, although he - (Koen de Kort) has ridden in many teams, Alberto was one of the best leaders he has ridden for who really knew how to motivate his 'troops'. There were a few questions raised about this under the ghastly Tinkoff's 'reign'.
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12 Aug 2017 23:43

Well, let's just hope that Contador gets in the mix, the course isn't bad for him. His TdF performance wasn't great though. I don't see much and hope that he will target a couple of stages, go crazy...GC wise, and I hope I'm wrong, I can't see it.
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13 Aug 2017 10:58

Why are you all so pessimistic? Because of his tour performance? Too many race days?
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13 Aug 2017 13:25

Ikbengodniet wrote:Why are you all so pessimistic? Because of his tour performance? Too many race days?


A combination of both of those things I think. I think it's the more realistic approach to think that he probably won't get a very high GC placing. He just can't sustain that high level over the period of three weeks.
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15 Aug 2017 20:54

Sharing an ice cream with his dog :) gosh I will miss him :( Image
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16 Aug 2017 13:50

shouldn't he be on a bike training instead of receiving a virus from his dog lol ?
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16 Aug 2017 14:16

I think he isn't training very hard for this vuelta. He will take it easy for the first time in his career
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16 Aug 2017 14:54

I don't think he cares much anymore, which I guess would be understandable.
Although allegedly he uploaded a file to Strava some days ago which collected some KOMs in the mountains around Madrid but I didn't see it and he seems to have deleted it now.
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16 Aug 2017 14:59

LaFlorecita wrote:I don't think he cares much anymore, which I guess would be understandable.
Although allegedly he uploaded a file to Strava some days ago which collected some KOMs in the mountains around Madrid but I didn't see it and he seems to have deleted it now.

I think the same too.
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16 Aug 2017 15:20

I think it's a strange situation. I don't think Contador has a lot of pressure to win the GC, if at all. However, I think there is pressure to go out on a high note, and that is no small task in itself.

As for the instagram post, it says nothing at all. Contador did have his legs up, so it may have been post training.

One last thing I want to see, I want to see him going all out on the beard.
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16 Aug 2017 15:28

I dont follow Contador on instagram or wherever he posted those pictures, but taking a few snaps with his dog is no indication of anything really. Cannot be dancing up mountains all the time, especially not ahead of the 2 GT.

Seems more like expectation management than anything else.
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16 Aug 2017 15:38

His upcoming retirement is really making me feel old... I mean; it wasn't that long ago he suddenly burst onto the Grand Tour scene, is it? I know it is... but it... isn't. It can't be.
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16 Aug 2017 20:05

Vuelta director Guillén has said they'll have a special tribute for Alberto in Madrid. "But the main tribute will be from the public, day after day".

https://as.com/ciclismo/2017/08/16/vuelta_espana/1502873940_446171.html
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16 Aug 2017 20:47

LaFlorecita wrote:Sharing an ice cream with his dog :) gosh I will miss him :( Image
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I know. Me too. :(

It's going to take me some time to stop looking for him in the peloton.
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16 Aug 2017 23:42

Lexman wrote:shouldn't he be on a bike training instead of receiving a virus from his dog lol ?



Dude even if he trained for 6 hours every single day he would still have time to post pictures with his dog.

Anyways. I expect his performance to be similar to his Tour. He might get a top 10 GC. I'm hoping he'll get a stage win since there's more chances.
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17 Aug 2017 10:30

I think he will go very well.
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17 Aug 2017 10:42

The Fundacion Contador team will go Conti next season and will be a feeder team for Trek-Segafredo led by Basso.
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17 Aug 2017 12:59

Nice
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17 Aug 2017 17:33

Just watched the Cuitu Negru stage from 2012. Never seen Jesus that strong, he smashed the peloton, but holy smokes that attack by Contador around the 2 km mark was violent (just after Quintana went up the road for no reason at all at the start of the wall). Watching it I was sure Purito would drop, even a full retard Froome would have had difficulties responding to that attack. Contador wasn't amazing that Vuelta, but that particular attack was just insane. And Purito didnt give a **** on those 25% gradients.
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17 Aug 2017 17:50

Valv.Piti wrote:Just watched the Cuitu Negru stage from 2012. Never seen Jesus that strong, he smashed the peloton, but holy smokes that attack by Contador around the 2 km mark was violent (just after Quintana went up the road for no reason at all at the start of the wall). Watching it I was sure Purito would drop, even a full retard Froome would have had difficulties responding to that attack. Contador wasn't amazing that Vuelta, but that particular attack was just insane. And Purito didnt give a **** on those 25% gradients.

Yeah, Contador was getting closer to breaking Purito. On the Ancares he was clearly better judging by how that ended, on the Covadonga he was waiting very long to react at one point and on Cuitu Negro he was almost done for. It spoke heaps and bounds that he couldn't sprint for much longer than a few seconds and barely put a second into Contador in the final sprint to the line.
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