karlboss wrote:Keep waiting, a quick flick through even Andy's best years, will show you his best results pre classics are Pais Vasco barely cracking the top 20. In 2011 when he should have won the Tour he finished TA 14 minutes down, in 2010 when he did win the Tour he finished the same event 47 minutes down. So even on a good year we'd have seen no signs of life out of Andy thus far. Personally I think it is of greater concern that we haven't yet seen anything from Frank.
Unfortunately this isn't 2010 and before, when everyone comes to a race for training. In the past two years not only we see a higher level of competition, but also since sky has transformed the meaning of (winter) training, every rider who has won some races in their early season, "most likely"
win their GT. So I'm not sure if Andy methods will work in this era of cycling. That's why I'm saying.. I'm waiting if he plans to do things a little different than he used to be. It's been 2 years since he hasn't been competitive. He has wasted 2 years of his youth. If he doesn't show up really soon, the next thing he knows, he'll be 31.
I found it's interesting that everyone immediately counts out Contador as not being able to be a contender. Even though he was on the podium on some of the races he was in and finished 4th at TDF last year. He was rubbing shoulder with the best or the best, still.. some people say he is done. On the other hand, Andy, what he got was a string of DNF, and interestingly enough everyone still believes that he is going to be back to his glory days. He doesn't have the same work ethic and mentality as Contador, how can we think that he'll have more successful come back than Contador? that's why .. I'm waiting patiently.