LaFlorecita wrote:You know I doubt I actually love cycling. I like other cyclists as well but none get me so excited and on the edge of my seat as Alberto.
Well for me it is the sport first and riders second. There are Very Special Riders that come along and steal my heart, Alberto is certainly one of those. But I can enjoy just about any bike race. If one can't root for a rider just enjoy the tactics and chess match. Heck I'll even root for Tommy V. to make it interesting.
You're right, it's just hard to accept especially because it seems like Alberto should have so many more good years left.
Yes he should, but it appears we will not see his best again, so need to appreciate what he gave us for all those years and wish him the best from here on out. Maybe he can make a resurgence next season. If not he will have to win on race savvy and tactics or retire.
Indurain put it best 'only the sour fruit is left for me', he went out, won an Olympic Gold and retired at the end of that year.
Yes and that's why I want to see him but I know it'll be fake, maybe he'll be smiling but he'll be dying on the inside. I want to see him smile and be happy but I want him to be genuinely happy.
If you came in 2010, you saw Tour, Giro, Vuelta!!!
I hope so but I can't see it. I'm desperately trying to find a new favorite but I just can't find one, Alberto is Alberto. He really needs to become good again, I don't think I'll be able to follow cycling closely without Alberto... it isn't looking good
it's so frustrating. I really want to kow what is going on, but I guess we'll never find out.
There will never be another Alberto, that is a given. I've been following Nibs for 3+ years and he is just coming into his own. Pick a young one and follow him. Quintana, who could not love that guy??? He is a star in the making.
Well I think I know what is going on with Alberto and I've expressed it here more than once....the Flame of Greatness is flickering
Anyway if Alberto decides to stay in the race I hope he can at least win a stage, otherwise it's just a gigantic struggle for nothing.
Second is not nothing although I'm sure it will seem like that to him as well as us his fans.
I actually think it would be better to lose a lot of time, then go for a stage win. Saxo would not win the team classification but I doubt it's a real goal anyway.
I don't think there is a stage with his name on it here unless his legs come good, Froome will never let him go even if he is 10 mins down
Appreciate all he has given us, the bounty of 6 years, to watch whenever we want to
Maybe we will get a bit more before he hangs up the wheels, I hope so.
Alberto Contador: "And yes, it is true that for me it's the same to finish second or 10th."
Vincezo Nibali joins Anquetil, Gimondi, Merckx, Hinault and Contador as only the 6th winner of all 3 Grand Tours! Bravo Lo Squalo!