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26 Jun 2013 12:21

Carstenbf wrote:Well, we can all take comfort in the knowledge that the time for speculation is about to pass.

3 more days!!


Oh dont fool yourself. The speculations will keep on growing until the first MTF :D
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26 Jun 2013 12:27

Cimber wrote:Oh dont fool yourself. The speculations will keep on growing until the first MTF :D


I think they will continue possibly until the final week at ventoux/alpe d'huez. I can't see Ax-3 as being difficult enough to create massive time gaps and i'm not sure about the stage into Bagnerres de Bigorre being extremely decisive either with sky's tactics likely to cause a monotonous tempo.
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26 Jun 2013 12:37

Not gonna go into a discussion about the word "soon" guys. ;)

Almost lulled me into some speculation of my own there, but not having it!! Let's just get this show on the road!
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26 Jun 2013 13:55

****ing college exams are done, time to focus on my man for le tour.

Alberto, you owe me 1000 euro for not being able to work ;)
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26 Jun 2013 14:05

Alberto says:
“I do want to be one of the people who make it an interesting, spectacular race,” he told the Independent.

“Compared to the last time I did the Tour I'm starting it feeling more rested, very, very motivated, with the route checked out much more thoroughly and with a team that is way stronger.”


So says Mick:
“Personally, a victory by Alberto in the 2013 Tour de France would be a huge thrill and feeling of achievement,” Rogers said. “When you see how much passion and belief Alberto has day in and day out in what he is doing, it's impossible to not feel emotional. Like all great leaders he brings the best out of his team and I can't wait to get things going.”

Read more: http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/14846/Contador-more-rested-very-very-motivated-and-with-a-team-that-is-way-stronger.aspx#ixzz2XKZvLRE4

Bring it On Boys!!!
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26 Jun 2013 14:08

Just got back from France, climbed Alpe d'huez on 1:05, how these guys gets down to 40 min is beyond me :eek: Hope AC takes a Pantani this year :)
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26 Jun 2013 15:49

Cimber wrote:There is also a very interesting Contador interview with him in The Independen from yesterday:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/exclusive-alberto-contador--i-can-foil-chris-froome-on-tour-de-france-8673812.html

Some quotes from it:

"I then started to build things up at the Critérium du Dauphiné and I was actually happy with how it went. I got stronger and stronger as the race went on and I'm now, form-wise, where I want to be."

[I]Other people might take Sky's superiority at the Tour de France for granted after 2012 but Contador warns: "Not me. I've no intention of being a conformist in this race. Not in the slightest."


Being an unpredictable racer is something he relishes. "I could have lost everything in that race (EDIT: the vuelta 2012)," he says, "I risked it all with one big attack. I learnt there that sometimes you've got to rip up the script and act on instinct. It's never all about calculation."

"Cycling is not all about mathematics," he says. "You have to see what your rivals are doing. Fortunately, we're not machines and circumstances inside a race can change so fast. This sport isn't one that you can control as easily as others. This Tour, in particular, could continue to be wide-open right up until the final mountain top finish at Annecy on the second last day."[/I]


I really like hearing things like this, especially the underlined. In the modern era of cycling there is a lot of conservative racing and riding according to how much work your powermeter says you can do. So it is refreshing to hear there are still riders who will ride with their heart as opposed to their screen. And who aren't afraid to risk it all if need be.
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26 Jun 2013 16:50

Vino attacks everyone wrote:Just got back from France, climbed Alpe d'huez on 1:05, how these guys gets down to 40 min is beyond me :eek: Hope AC takes a Pantani this year :)


That´s a pretty good time IMO, nice ride. ;)
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26 Jun 2013 17:31

Vino attacks everyone wrote:Just got back from France, climbed Alpe d'huez on 1:05, how these guys gets down to 40 min is beyond me :eek: Hope AC takes a Pantani this year :)


one minute and 5 seconds is fast even for vino:D
i hope you had fun, alpe this july will be ballistic with full sprinting from the bottom... andy, alberto and froomey








and kash:D
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26 Jun 2013 18:26

jens_attacks wrote:one minute and 5 seconds is fast even for vino:D
i hope you had fun, alpe this july will be ballistic with full sprinting from the bottom... andy, alberto and froomey








and kash:D


Ha ha well done jensie chapeau :D

I would do Alpe in 30 minutes I think... the first 1km that is :D
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26 Jun 2013 18:45

Afrank wrote:I really like hearing things like this, especially the underlined. In the modern era of cycling there is a lot of conservative racing and riding according to how much work your powermeter says you can do. So it is refreshing to hear there are still riders who will ride with their heart as opposed to their screen. And who aren't afraid to risk it all if need be.


Froome might be the stronger rider at the moment, but for exactly the reasons you pinpoint Contador got so many fans of many nationalities. They don't root for him cos he is Spanish but for the reasons highlighted in that interview.

Sky's approach might be "smarter" or at least more logical. But Contadors more intuitive approach is just considered much more likeable by many people. Including me.
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26 Jun 2013 19:00

Vino attacks everyone wrote:Just got back from France, climbed Alpe d'huez on 1:05, how these guys gets down to 40 min is beyond me :eek: Hope AC takes a Pantani this year :)


Well done sir. Even though i consider Alpe the most overrated climb in the world , i doubt i would even be able to climb it. 1.05 is about 13km/h, for 1 hour up 8.5% gradient, is really impressive.
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26 Jun 2013 19:26

thanks :)
Got pushed by my brother and a couple speed skaters so it was full gas from the bottom indeed
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26 Jun 2013 19:42

I hope Alberto has a great tour. I'm not a big fan of his but he sure can make the racing interesting if he is on form. And I'd much rather see a closely contested race for the whole 3 weeks. :)
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26 Jun 2013 19:45

Next you should do Rohtang pass ...manali to rohtang pass. I have done it. sometimes i thought i was gonna die
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26 Jun 2013 19:59

Cimber wrote:Just found this among the CN 100th Tour gallery. Gotta love Armstrongs face and look on that picture

Image


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26 Jun 2013 20:02

Zam_Olyas wrote:Next you should do Rohtang pass ...manali to rohtang pass. I have done it. sometimes i thought i was gonna die


So Zam you wanna kill Vino, shame on you :D
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26 Jun 2013 20:07

xrayvision wrote:So Zam you wanna kill Vino, shame on you :D


Vino can't be killed, and neither can we apostles :D
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26 Jun 2013 20:08

Zam_Olyas wrote:Next you should do Rohtang pass ...manali to rohtang pass. I have done it. sometimes i thought i was gonna die


was thinking about trying out zoncolan or something next (trying out the most famous climbs, just for the fun of it), but i'll surely check it out :p
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26 Jun 2013 20:09

xrayvision wrote:So Zam you wanna kill Vino, shame on you :D


Nahhh lol .....btw rohtang la Elevation 3,979 m (13,054 ft)
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