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29 Jun 2013 08:44

Jelantik wrote:Image


this is a better helmet than those previous specialized helmet with huge vent in front of the helmet. *what was specialized thinking? it's like dragging around parachute on your head*:D


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new helmet without the vent, think it looks better than these aero things
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29 Jun 2013 08:52

the Inner Ring ‏@inrng 1h
L'Equipe reports Oleg Tinkov could buy Saxo-Tinkoff team from Bjarne Riis. Meanwhile Igor Makarov watching Tour from two yachts off Corsica

[edit] Morten Risager ‏@Risager16 2m
@inrng just talked to Tinkov. He refuses a buy but claims he is considering full sponsorship of The team. #tdf [/edit]

Bernard Hinault names Alberto as the big favorite

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He looks horrible:eek: probably means he's ready :P

Trey H. Greenwood ‏@TreyEx_SaxoTink 1h
Everyone seems to be picking Froome but I'm putting my money on @albertocontador to win the Tour! GO ALBERTO! Good luck to the whole team!

Trey H. Greenwood ‏@TreyEx_SaxoTink 1h
The new @iamspecialized S-Works Evade aero helmet is by far the best looking of the new aero lids. Looks great painted in team colors!

Even though I hate the new helmets I agree with this

Manuel Saiz Balbas ‏@Manolo_Saiz 2m
Me preguntáis mi favorito!! Sólo tengo uno Contador y varios aspirantes. Mi sueño ver a dos exONCE en podio Mucha suerte a los 22 Equipos ..

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Jesus :p Looks like one of the guys brought his son to the team presentation
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29 Jun 2013 08:59

LaFlorecita wrote:That's BS.


Valverde was better than Contador. He finished in front of Contador a lot and was absolutely flying up Fuente De. He would have probably won the race if he hadn't lost time early on.

That was last year though. Hopefully Contador has improved to a better level ;)
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29 Jun 2013 09:02

Contadoraus Schlecks wrote:Valverde was better than Contador. He finished in front of Contador a lot and was absolutely flying up Fuente De. He would have probably won the race if he hadn't lost time early on.

That was last year though. Hopefully Contador has improved to a better level ;)


Valverde was in trouble lots of times. Purito and Alberto rode away from his multiple times. He only got back when they slowed again.

Finishing in front of Contador doesn't say anything because IIRC it was in sprints every time.
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29 Jun 2013 09:02

LaFlorecita wrote:the Inner Ring ‏@inrng 1h
L'Equipe reports Oleg Tinkov could buy Saxo-Tinkoff team from Bjarne Riis. Meanwhile Igor Makarov watching Tour from two yachts off Corsica

[edit] Morten Risager ‏@Risager16 2m
@inrng just talked to Tinkov. He refuses a buy but claims he is considering full sponsorship of The team. #tdf [/edit]

Bernard Hinault names Alberto as the big favorite

Image

He looks horrible:eek: probably means he's ready :P

Trey H. Greenwood ‏@TreyEx_SaxoTink 1h
Everyone seems to be picking Froome but I'm putting my money on @albertocontador to win the Tour! GO ALBERTO! Good luck to the whole team!

Trey H. Greenwood ‏@TreyEx_SaxoTink 1h
The new @iamspecialized S-Works Evade aero helmet is by far the best looking of the new aero lids. Looks great painted in team colors!

Even though I hate the new helmets I agree with this

Manuel Saiz Balbas ‏@Manolo_Saiz 2m
Me preguntáis mi favorito!! Sólo tengo uno Contador y varios aspirantes. Mi sueño ver a dos exONCE en podio Mucha suerte a los 22 Equipos ..

Image

Jesus :p Looks like one of the guys brought his son to the team presentation


He looks like a CGI character. Something odd about the pic
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29 Jun 2013 09:22

Contadoraus Schlecks wrote:Valverde was better than Contador. He finished in front of Contador a lot and was absolutely flying up Fuente De. He would have probably won the race if he hadn't lost time early on.

That was last year though. Hopefully Contador has improved to a better level ;)


Valverde flew up fuente de because he wheelsucked till the last climb. Either way, he struggled to stay with Contador and murito on ancares, and only stayed with them on Lagos and cuitu negru, because Contador and murito kept slowing down after dropping him.
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The Father of Clean Cycling, Christophe Bassons wrote:When I look at cycling today, I get the impression that history is repeating itself: riders who are supposed to be rouleurs are climbing passes at the front of the race, and those who are supposed to be climbers are riding time trials at more than 50 kilometres per hour.

The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago


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29 Jun 2013 09:29

In the final classification, Valverde lost a total of 1:16 to Contador, of which 51 seconds was lost to Contador on the ITT and 55 seconds on the Stage 4 crash. That means counting only MTFs and time bonuses, Valverde would be 30 seconds up on Contador. I think it is fair to say that he climbed at least as well as Contador during that Vuelta.
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29 Jun 2013 09:33

wwabbit wrote:In the final classification, Valverde lost a total of 1:16 to Contador, of which 51 seconds was lost to Contador on the ITT and 55 seconds on the Stage 4 crash. That means counting only MTFs and time bonuses, Valverde would be 30 seconds up on Contador. I think it is fair to say that he climbed at least as well as Contador during that Vuelta.


So did you watch the vuelta?
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29 Jun 2013 09:47

LaFlorecita wrote:So did you watch the vuelta?


Why yes I did. In fact I've watched every single MTF stage at least twice. Though I admit I'm not one of the people who watch Fuente De over and over and over again, and in sincerely apologize for that.
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29 Jun 2013 09:50

wwabbit wrote:Why yes I did. In fact I've watched every single MTF stage at least twice. Though I admit I'm not one of the people who watch Fuente De over and over and over again, and in sincerely apologize for that.


So you must've seen Valverde in trouble on almost every mountain stage?
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29 Jun 2013 10:06

Guys to say that Valverde was climbing better than Contador last Vuelta... I dont know why are you drunk so early in the morning hahaha
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29 Jun 2013 10:08

I didn't exhaustively analyse the Vuelta so apologies if he question I'm asking has an obvious answer, but why did Contador and Rodriguez slow down after dropping Valverde, allowing him to rejoin them? Is there a tactical reason or could they actually just not climb at a significantly better average pace than Valverde?
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29 Jun 2013 10:12

SeriousSam wrote:I didn't exhaustively analyse the Vuelta so apologies if he question I'm asking has an obvious answer, but why did Contador and Rodriguez slow down after dropping Valverde, allowing him to rejoin them? Is there a tactical reason or could they actually just not climb at a significantly better average pace than Valverde?


Alberto was trying to drop Purito and whenever Purito got back they slowed. They were only focused on each other.
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29 Jun 2013 10:15

Daniel Friebe ‏@friebos 39s
Interesting from Jean-François Bernard in L'Équipe - says that Contador very popular in peloton, Sky are not & will struggle to find allies.
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29 Jun 2013 10:30

LaFlorecita wrote:Daniel Friebe ‏@friebos 39s
Interesting from Jean-François Bernard in L'Équipe - says that Contador very popular in peloton, Sky are not & will struggle to find allies.


I find this normal... Alberto has been gathering allies during the years and the way that he races and behaves inside the peloton is more popular than sky ways and comments, etc... I just cant stop thinking that time where Tiralongo was returning the favor to Contador in La Vuelta...
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29 Jun 2013 10:33

SeriousSam wrote:I didn't exhaustively analyse the Vuelta so apologies if he question I'm asking has an obvious answer, but why did Contador and Rodriguez slow down after dropping Valverde, allowing him to rejoin them? Is there a tactical reason or could they actually just not climb at a significantly better average pace than Valverde?


Same reason Schleck and Contador didnt give a **** about Sanchez and Menchov in the Pyranees in 2010. Valverde was far enough back on gc that he wasnt on their mind.
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The Father of Clean Cycling, Christophe Bassons wrote:When I look at cycling today, I get the impression that history is repeating itself: riders who are supposed to be rouleurs are climbing passes at the front of the race, and those who are supposed to be climbers are riding time trials at more than 50 kilometres per hour.

The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago


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29 Jun 2013 10:34

LaFlorecita wrote:Daniel Friebe ‏@friebos 39s
Interesting from Jean-François Bernard in L'Équipe - says that Contador very popular in peloton, Sky are not & will struggle to find allies.


How is this not your sig yet:p
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The Father of Clean Cycling, Christophe Bassons wrote:When I look at cycling today, I get the impression that history is repeating itself: riders who are supposed to be rouleurs are climbing passes at the front of the race, and those who are supposed to be climbers are riding time trials at more than 50 kilometres per hour.

The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago


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29 Jun 2013 10:45

LaFlorecita wrote:That's BS.


They got over the high mountains with approximately the same time (+/-10sec) I'm a bit lazy to make a precise calculation.

I don't find a trouble if a rider doesn't lose anything on a stage.
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29 Jun 2013 10:47

The Hitch wrote:How is this not your sig yet:p


Haha I like my sig as it is now :p
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29 Jun 2013 12:30

LaFlorecita wrote:Daniel Friebe ‏@friebos 39s
Interesting from Jean-François Bernard in L'Équipe - says that Contador very popular in peloton, Sky are not & will struggle to find allies.

I guess it's hard for Sky to be popular bossing the peloton around for 2 years now.
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