movingtarget wrote:A few years ago I would have agreed re Schleck and Contador as the best climbers but Schleck always loses what he gains in the mountains with the TT and if he ever improves in that discipline it may not be by much. This is the reason he will always find it hard to beat Contador who is a much better TT rider usually. I think the final TT in the Tour in 2010 was out of character for him but Schleck definitely made him work for the win that year. Rodriguez has shown moderate improvement in his TT riding. But I think Nibali and Rodriguez have definitely improved and it's hard to rate Wiggins and Froome against Schleck and Contador. Comparing them to each other based on what happened two years ago is pointless. Schleck's reputation has taken a battering and it won't be corrected until he gets an impressive result. I think he is being rated on reputation only at the moment. But for the good of the sport it would be great to see a battle in the Tour in 2013 with a motivated Schleck being one of the combatants. I want to see a contest like the last Vuelta not a walkover.
Sorry, why should we expect Andy Schleck to have fallen to the level of Nibali now?
2007 Giro 2nd.
2008 trour 8th but still way better than Nibali (who is 1 year older) and also 5th in olympics immediately after
2009 2nd in Tour. Way better than Nibali who he even beats in the tt (nibali being a supposed tt specialist)
2010 2nd in Tour Joint best climber in the race
2011 2nd in Tour Best climber in the race
2012 didnt race tour
So we have 5 years of Schleck consistently being 1 of the talents of the age and clearly way above Nibalis abilities, but because he got injured 1 year suddenly the roles are to be reversed?
This isnt some Oscar Perreiro performance when he 1 year got it together but was a decent rider the rest of the time. Schleck has year after year after year shown he is a world beater and i dont think its up to him to show us hes still got it. No its the other way around. The onus is on everyone else to show they have caught up. Until they do the logical path is to assume that Schleck as always >>>>> everyone but Contador.
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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