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Cancellara's risky bet - focus on LBL, Lombardia...

02 Nov 2010 20:04

I must say that I am a bit surprised that Cancellara is taking this risky bet already next season and not a year or two later.

I must say that I admire him for taking this risk to give up, where he was one of the best if not the best (at least at the moment), i.e. Flanders, Roubaix and target sharply different race profiles. What we often saw missing in GT races; guys not trying something by risking all and prefering to keep what they have, Spartacus is now doing in a pretty courageous and spectacular move on a larger scale. He risks an entire season. At least that's my view, if he really goes for it.

It will be very interesting to follow whether he will suceed in this re-focus like he suceeded in almost all other one day race targets so far during his career. I wish him all the luck and success. Stay tuned...
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02 Nov 2010 20:07

I was also surprised he didn't compete in the Geelong ITT because he had nothing to prove and wanted new goals.

Oh, wait...
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02 Nov 2010 20:10

la.margna wrote:I must say that I am a bit surprised that Cancellara is taking this risky bet already next season and not a year or two later.


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The Father of Clean Cycling, Christophe Bassons wrote:When I look at cycling today, I get the impression that history is repeating itself: riders who are supposed to be rouleurs are climbing passes at the front of the race, and those who are supposed to be climbers are riding time trials at more than 50 kilometres per hour.

The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago


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02 Nov 2010 20:16

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02 Nov 2010 20:22

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/cancellara-says-contador-signing-prompted-saxo-bank-departure

...the 29-year-old is ready to change his focus. He told Vélo Magazine that his highlights in 2011 will be Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the Worlds road race, and the Tour of Lombardy.

Winning La Doyenne would require a different season schedule. "I think that I can win Liege-Bastogne-Liege, but to do so would require very specific preparation. I would have to forget about Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, and use the Tour of the Basque Country to achieve the best condition." He has never ridden the Basque race in his career before.

It would also mean that he would have to keep his weight down to win all of those races. “The preparation is different for the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana. In the Worlds at Mendrisio, where I finished fifth, I weighed 79 kilos, while in the Classics this April, I was 82 kilos. If you want to win Liege-Bastogne-Liege in April, you should be 79 kilos. "
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02 Nov 2010 20:22

Interesting. No Tour in 2011?
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02 Nov 2010 20:29

What surprised me more is when he stated that the reason behind him leaving Saxo Bank was Contador and the change of focus in the team. During the Schleck period, the whole team was dedicated to the 2 brothers and not Cancellara, so the arrival of Contador wouldn't have changed the way the team operates. So it's not the real reason for leaving Saxo IMO.
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02 Nov 2010 20:29

i respect his choice.having all the monuments in the bag is more valuable than 5 paris-roubaix and 5 tour of flanders in my view.so that will be exciting as hell to watch.he will make his moves 40-50 km away from the finish then ITT.i think he can win them all and i would like that to happen.
and after that what?
grand tours of course.
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02 Nov 2010 20:30

Hope he fails, that's all I can say lol.
Ryo Hazuki wrote:horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato


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02 Nov 2010 20:34

El Pistolero wrote:Hope he fails, that's all I can say lol.

Uhhh... why?
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02 Nov 2010 20:34

Ill make the point once again then that his performance in Mendrisio RR convinced me that he can do hilly classics.
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The Father of Clean Cycling, Christophe Bassons wrote:When I look at cycling today, I get the impression that history is repeating itself: riders who are supposed to be rouleurs are climbing passes at the front of the race, and those who are supposed to be climbers are riding time trials at more than 50 kilometres per hour.

The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago


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02 Nov 2010 20:34

roundabout wrote:Interesting. No Tour in 2011?


He said during last Vuelta that GT's are not necessarily hard if you are not a GC man and know how to ride them. He may be given a support role for a GC man at whatever his new team might be in a few key stages and take it easy for the rest. Unfortunately for him, pubs in France close earlier at night than in Spain.
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02 Nov 2010 20:35

nobilis wrote:What surprised me more is when he stated that the reason behind him leaving Saxo Bank was Contador and the change of focus in the team. During the Schleck period, the whole team was dedicated to the 2 brothers and not Cancellara, so the arrival of Contador wouldn't have changed the way the team operates. So it's not the real reason for leaving Saxo IMO.


That's not totally accurate. Saxo had a dual focus on the Tour and the classics, both hilly and cobbled. Judging from their record it seemed to work out well for them with Amstel, LBL, PR (twice) and Flanders all included in their conquests.

As far his reasoning for leaving well he saw the mass departure taking place and it's only logical that he would want to ride with the group that helped him gain his success.
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02 Nov 2010 20:41

theyoungest wrote:Uhhh... why?


Because I want Gilbert to win Luik.

:)

Just think about who the last Belgian was that won Luik ;)
Ryo Hazuki wrote:horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato


The Hitch wrote:Goss will woop boonens candy a[color="Black"]ss[/color] in a sprint he cares about, any day of the week
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02 Nov 2010 20:43

theyoungest wrote:Uhhh... why?


You think Cancellara will ever be forgiven, for beating Contador in most tts AND for being named rider of the year in front of Gilber? ;)
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The Father of Clean Cycling, Christophe Bassons wrote:When I look at cycling today, I get the impression that history is repeating itself: riders who are supposed to be rouleurs are climbing passes at the front of the race, and those who are supposed to be climbers are riding time trials at more than 50 kilometres per hour.

The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago


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02 Nov 2010 20:45

The Hitch wrote:You think Cancellara will ever be forgiven, for beating Contador in most tts AND for being named rider of the year in front of Gilber? ;)


You forgot Cancellara beating Boonen twice. The Contador thing doesn't annoy me at all, Conti wins the GT anyway :P

Ps: I still think Gilbert is the rider of the year and a way better classics specialist then Cancellara will ever hope to be. The fact that he needs to skip Roubaix and Ronde to participate in Luik says enough. Gilbert doesn't need to do any of that. He can win them all without sacrificing anything. Now if Canc would have won the World road race then I'd consider him the rider of the year xD

I rate the classics specialists like this:

1. Phil
2. Cancellara
3. Boonen
Ryo Hazuki wrote:horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato


The Hitch wrote:Goss will woop boonens candy a[color="Black"]ss[/color] in a sprint he cares about, any day of the week
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02 Nov 2010 21:05

El Pistolero wrote:Ps: I still think Gilbert is the rider of the year



i disagree and i'm a Belgian, Cancellara season was slightly better then Gilberts (PR, RvV, ITT WC, stages in Tour beats GdL, Amstel & stages in vuelta), also Cancellare has already won 3 of the 5 Monuments, Gilbert only Lombardia twice

as for next year, let the best man win
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02 Nov 2010 21:29

I'd love to see someone beating Gilbert in Liege next year, and the year after, and after. It will help Belgians understand every year Dutch guys had after LBL with Boogerd
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02 Nov 2010 21:38

Mich78BEL wrote:i disagree and i'm a Belgian, Cancellara season was slightly better then Gilberts (PR, RvV, ITT WC, stages in Tour beats GdL, Amstel & stages in vuelta), also Cancellare has already won 3 of the 5 Monuments, Gilbert only Lombardia twice

as for next year, let the best man win


Yes, he had a better season, but Gilbert was good during the entire season. Cancellara is extremely boring when he doesn't care. I never said he had a better season if you only consider wins :)
Ryo Hazuki wrote:horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato


The Hitch wrote:Goss will woop boonens candy a[color="Black"]ss[/color] in a sprint he cares about, any day of the week
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02 Nov 2010 21:39

I understand him wanting the Monuments etc but I really don't think he'll be able to match some of the guys like Vino, Evans, Gilbert etc.

They can keep doing those accelerations, especially up hills - leaving Canc behind.
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