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

Storm
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17%
Snow Storm
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14%
Desert Storm
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10%
Tornado
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19%
Nuclear Holocoust
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31 Jan 2015 19:05

Netserk wrote:Huh? How was he more competitive in every race he entered last year than Contador was?


Perhaps what he meant to say was that AV enters more races with diversity in terrains and does well in all?...
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31 Jan 2015 19:23

Jspear wrote:Perhaps what he meant to say was that AV enters more races with diversity in terrains and does well in all?...


Exactly. And this year's route in WC are hard enough in last kilometers to split the field. He won't be as big favorite as he was in last two editions but still has a chance.
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31 Jan 2015 19:48

Jspear wrote:Perhaps what he meant to say was that AV enters more races with diversity in terrains and does well in all?...

He does well in a lot of hilly classics and stage races. Didn't do much in Dubai nor the Flemish classics he raced last year.

Competitive in every single race he does (as the only rider) my as.s
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31 Jan 2015 20:02

Netserk wrote:He does well in a lot of hilly classics and stage races. Didn't do much in Dubai nor the Flemish classics he raced last year.

Competitive in every single race he does (as the only rider) my as.s


He did fine in Dwars door Vlaanderen and that was his first cobble race ever.
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31 Jan 2015 20:02

Netserk wrote:He does well in a lot of hilly classics and stage races. Didn't do much in Dubai nor the Flemish classics he raced last year.

Competitive in every single race he does (as the only rider) my as.s


I was simply pointing out what Wallenquist meant. I don't necessarily agree. There are some races AV participates in that he doesn't really excel in, but he is still one of the most diverse riders in this era.
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31 Jan 2015 20:13

Coat-O wrote:He did fine in Dwars door Vlaanderen and that was his first cobble race ever.

No he didn't. He was in third or second position on a climb far from the finish, and when things started to happen, he was nowhere.
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31 Jan 2015 22:38

Netserk wrote:About half as much as 2nd places...


Even when he wins impressively in an uncharacteristic manner we get the negative posts. You're a bit of a nit-picker. I would like to know how many riders get more victories than podiums or non placements over the course of a season.
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31 Jan 2015 22:40

Valverde would be super awesome if he could be brainwashed into thinking WT races, monuments and GT's were 2.1 races or lower
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01 Feb 2015 00:15

Netserk wrote:No he didn't. He was in third or second position on a climb far from the finish, and when things started to happen, he was nowhere.


I recall he was part of small chase group with quality seasoned classic vets that got fairly close to reeling in Terpstra and ultimately finished with same time as the rest of the peloton after Terpstra's solo win. Had he not expended energy in the chase group he likely would've been in the mix for the pack sprint. Good job for his first cobbled semi-classic. Being active and playing a positive part in how the race unfolded rather than just sitting in should be lauded IMO.
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01 Feb 2015 12:50

Red Rick wrote:Valverde would be super awesome if he could be brainwashed into thinking WT races, monuments and GT's were 2.1 races or lower
Yeah if he could only believe he can do it against the big boys...
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07 Mar 2015 18:18

Very good ride today, legs failed in the finale, but overall very good and aggressive race. Looks promising for the Ardennes
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07 Mar 2015 18:22

Maybe his quality just makes me expect too much, but so far this season he's looking like he's slightly worse, as you'd expect at this age
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07 Mar 2015 18:23

GuyIncognito wrote:Maybe his quality just makes me expect too much, but so far this season he's looking like he's slightly worse, as you'd expect at this age


The Challenge Mallorca win was a dominant performance, though.
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07 Mar 2015 18:43

Hugo Koblet wrote:The Challenge Mallorca win was a dominant performance, though.


That was the Challenge Mallorca.

I think he will be highly regular again all season, with the difference he won't win a classic this year.
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07 Mar 2015 19:40

too skinny in such an uphill sprint on cobbles. no chance whatsoever
overall still superb performance of course, i liked the way he rode
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07 Mar 2015 22:28

GuyIncognito wrote:Maybe his quality just makes me expect too much, but so far this season he's looking like he's slightly worse, as you'd expect at this age


I thought, during the race, that if wins, he'd have to be better than last year, as he really did a lot of work today. All that work was likely to secure the podium, while having a chance at the victory. It didn't work out, but same old Valverde. He should be strong for the Ardennes again.
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07 Mar 2015 23:02

jens_attacks wrote:too skinny in such an uphill sprint on cobbles. no chance whatsoever
overall still superb performance of course, i liked the way he rode


Plus he positioned himself on the front for the climb up to the finish, and its an unwritten rule that you cant attack off the front.
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08 Mar 2015 00:03

Valverde is looking his age now more suited to longer climbs and not so much the multiple efforts needed today
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08 Mar 2015 00:19

I think he rode superbly and it just shows his consistency and general ability to ride so many races, across different terrains and still compete for the win.
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08 Mar 2015 07:58

[url=http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/valverde-runs-out-of-steam-in-strade-bianche-finale"]http://http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/valverde-runs-out-of-steam-in-strade-bianche-finale[/url]

Nice words from Valverde about his opponents, but also a very realistic view on the race.
He rode aggressive to entertain us and well you sure did bala.

Hope we will see more of this style from you.
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