BigMac wrote:What tosh. Did not win enough big races? What is your conception of enough? You may have a case the day Contador performs other than in stage races. I honestely have no idea of what you mean when you claim he could have been as great as Contador - you mean in stage races? Valverde is not (just) a stage racer. Other than that, and because cycling goes well past stage racing, he is a much more successful rider than Contador, and one who can perform on a larger variety of terrains and races. You're confused, for if anything, it was Contador who failed to match A.V. Perhaps the superficial cycling fan will regard Contador as a better rider, because of their limited knowledge, and because he seems to have gotten himself surrounded by a horde of blindly faithful propagandist minions who hijacked the sport, by creating this false legend who for them symbolizes epicenter of cycling. Only in a GT-centered perspective, which I admit is the norm of today, is Contador greater than Valverde. But I stand that any monument win is bigger and of much more beauty than a victory in any Grand Tour.
But he only has won two monuments...is that and 1 GT as good as 6 GT's? How many monument wins are worth 1 GT win?