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What will Valverde's impact be the cycling world in 2012

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08 Nov 2017 21:41

portugal11 wrote:ouch!! I saw a video of valverde and those scars look awful... I don't know why but I had flashbacks of phinney's leg. I hope he recovers well enough to be able to defend his liege title.


Valverde's injury isn't as bad as Phinney's. Phinney had torn and otherwise damaged soft tissue (muscle, tendons, and ligaments), whereas Valverde's injury was strictly broken bones. He's saying his power numbers are where they were before the injury, and that he feels like he did before the injury and he still has his sprinting speed. The thing about those two scars is that they were deep cuts, but actually didn't do any damage.
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09 Nov 2017 20:53

Koronin wrote:
portugal11 wrote:ouch!! I saw a video of valverde and those scars look awful... I don't know why but I had flashbacks of phinney's leg. I hope he recovers well enough to be able to defend his liege title.


Valverde's injury isn't as bad as Phinney's. Phinney had torn and otherwise damaged soft tissue (muscle, tendons, and ligaments), whereas Valverde's injury was strictly broken bones. He's saying his power numbers are where they were before the injury, and that he feels like he did before the injury and he still has his sprinting speed. The thing about those two scars is that they were deep cuts, but actually didn't do any damage.


That's what they always say.

When has Valverde ever said the truth anyway?
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09 Nov 2017 21:11

El Pistolero wrote:
Koronin wrote:
portugal11 wrote:ouch!! I saw a video of valverde and those scars look awful... I don't know why but I had flashbacks of phinney's leg. I hope he recovers well enough to be able to defend his liege title.


Valverde's injury isn't as bad as Phinney's. Phinney had torn and otherwise damaged soft tissue (muscle, tendons, and ligaments), whereas Valverde's injury was strictly broken bones. He's saying his power numbers are where they were before the injury, and that he feels like he did before the injury and he still has his sprinting speed. The thing about those two scars is that they were deep cuts, but actually didn't do any damage.


That's what they always say.

When has Valverde ever said the truth anyway?


When has any top-cyclist ever said the truth anyway?

Let his legs do the talking when the time comes.
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09 Nov 2017 21:37

Valverde has said that stuff numerous times in the wake of this injury. I wouldn't trust most cyclists saying that after such an injury, but Valverde is otherworldly so I wouldn't exactly be surprised. Anyways, we will know in the spring.
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09 Nov 2017 23:50

Valv.Piti wrote:Valverde has said that stuff numerous times in the wake of this injury. I wouldn't trust most cyclists saying that after such an injury, but Valverde is otherworldly so I wouldn't exactly be surprised. Anyways, we will know in the spring.



This.
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10 Nov 2017 08:32

Fantastic vid by the way yesterday posted by Movistar in which Bala puts on a XXXL jersey with "Alberto Contador" printed on it, still wondering if they had prepared that especially for this reason. Or maybe he uses it already secretly in the darts competition in his local pub. Great stuff.
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21 Nov 2017 19:07

Oh my gooooood a Valverde book, La leyenda del Imbatido. Must have!!

Does anybody know if its available on English? I mean I could read it on Spanish and use a dictionary for every fifth word, but..
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21 Nov 2017 19:41

Valv.Piti wrote:Oh my gooooood a Valverde book, La leyenda del Imbatido. Must have!!

Does anybody know if its available on English? I mean I could read it on Spanish and use a dictionary for every fifth word, but..


It seems to be published by a small press specialising in churning out biographies of Spanish athletes, so no chance. Their website invites other publishers to contact them about foreign rights to their books, so I suppose you could organise a whip around here and we could buy the rights to get it translated into Danish or something.

English language cycling biographies fall into three categories: (1) quickly ghostwritten, quickly forgotten, autobiographies of current pros published in their own country. (2) hagiographies of whoever the couple of biggest riders from that country were. (3) an occasional book about Merckx or Coppi or someone similarly nestled into the sport's pantheon. Beyond that, the coverage is terrible, presumably because there's no market for books about even the likes of Boonen, Contador, Cancellara or Valverde.
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21 Nov 2017 21:38

Valv.Piti wrote:Oh my gooooood a Valverde book, La leyenda del Imbatido. Must have!!

Does anybody know if its available on English? I mean I could read it on Spanish and use a dictionary for every fifth word, but..


It was published last spring with a full endorsement of Alejandro. It is only in Spanish and I'm reading with the use of Google Translate. Which means it's taking forever to read a page. I MIGHT have it finished by the time he's racing and winning again. Basically I'm typing it word for word, sentence for sentence into google translate and reading it paragraph by paragraph. It is very time consuming. The first publishing of it sold out within a week or so of it being released. I've heard it's back in stock. Check Amazon. The final chapter is the start of the 2017 season. Some of us (a group of his fans I'm part of) have joked by the time we finish reading it they'll be a new addition with a new chapter titled Comeback.
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21 Nov 2017 21:56

Thanks for the answers! I will definitely buy it at one point and thankfully I seem to be a bit better at Spanish, that process you have going there seems pretty brutal.

I'd be interested in hearing about that group as well
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21 Nov 2017 23:53

Valv.Piti wrote:Thanks for the answers! I will definitely buy it at one point and thankfully I seem to be a bit better at Spanish, that process you have going there seems pretty brutal.

I'd be interested in hearing about that group as well


What I've read so far is worth it. It's not fun.

I'll send a PM, the group is over on facebook and the vast majority there are Spaniards. I'm one of the very few that does not understand Spanish very well.
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26 Nov 2017 13:13

Hey guys, you know you can scan the pages of the book onto Koronin's computer into a pdf and then take it over to Google Translate to copy and paste, right?
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Re: He's coming home!!!! Alejandro Valverde comeback thread.

04 Jan 2018 23:21

http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/valverdes-comeback-begins-mallorca_454132
I expect him to ride the two harder races at Mallorca, the article says at least one.
Then Valenciana, Murcia (oh, Murcia 2017...) and Almeria. No mentions of Andalucia. I really, really, really hope he will ride that! Thats his race and its usually a great race, from the obliteration of the oppostion in 2014, to the Lo Port-esque climbing display in 2016 to the thriller between the two biggest Spanish riders since Don Miguel in 2017.
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04 Jan 2018 23:36

Valv.Piti wrote:http://www.velonews.com/2018/01/news/valverdes-comeback-begins-mallorca_454132
I expect him to ride the two harder races at Mallorca, the article says at least one.
Then Valenciana, Murcia (oh, Murcia 2017...) and Almeria. No mentions of Andalucia. I really, really, really hope he will ride that! Thats his race and its usually a great race, from the obliteration of the oppostion in 2014, to the Lo Port-esque climbing display in 2016 to the thriller between the two biggest Spanish riders since Don Miguel in 2017.


I think he's actually said he's planning on racing the two hilly Mallorca races. I expect that as well.
I really hope Murcia gets their financing sorted out so they can hold the race.
Remember 2 years ago Andalcuia wasn't on his schedule and he added it last minute. I still expect him to race Andalucia as well. He likes it and does well there.
The other thing about that article is that is says Movistar and he have hinted that he may race all 3 Grand Tours again this year. I don't remember seeing/hearing/or reading that anywhere. Plus thought he said after he did it in 2016 he was never going to do that again as it was too much even for him. Obviously he is free to change his mind, but that one doesn't make any sense to me. Esp with the Worlds being one of his big goals for year.
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04 Jan 2018 23:41

Oh please god no, I don't want him to race 3 GTs this year.. that would be absolutely mental. Especially not this year!
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04 Jan 2018 23:44

I'd love that. Add Ronde while you're at it :lol:
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04 Jan 2018 23:46

Netserk wrote:I'd love that. Add Ronde while you're at it :lol:

Funny thing is if he was worringly close to do that in 2016
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04 Jan 2018 23:48

I'm so with you. I have no idea where the article got that idea. If he really wants to try it again wait til next year please. He needs to be ready for the Worlds this year. Plus I still want him to do the Giro/Vuelta double and skip the Tour. That would give him his best shot at another Vuelta title. (Yeah he's not retiring any time soon, he has too many races and race combos he still needs to try....including racing Flanders which I highly doubt he's racing this year. LOL)
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04 Jan 2018 23:49

I do have a feeling even though he said after 2016 the 3 GTs in one year was too much for even him, he was so close to top 10's in all three that I wouldn't put it past him wanting to attempt it again. Plus he's crazy enough to think that way and decide to try it again.
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04 Jan 2018 23:54

Yeah, I would also prefer him to skip the Tour and race those two races and then let Quintana and Landa battle it out in the Tour. Íts also some time ago he was really good in La Vuelta, in 2015 he was spent after his great Tour, in 2016 he was exhausted (lost most of the time Aubisque, if not for that he is top-5 and no Vuelta in 2017 obviously. Apart from F-W, La Vuelta is the race that defines Valv..
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