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When Should Contador aim for Giro/Tour?

Poll ended at 21 Mar 2013 22:01

Don't do it anymore.
16
22%
2013
5
7%
2014
24
32%
2015
4
5%
BE A FREAKING GOD AND WIN THE 3 GT's (vino-level)
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34%
 
Total votes : 74

12 Dec 2012 11:14

He'll need a soft Giro to do that. And he'll need to be defensive, conservative and save as much energy as possible for the 3 weeks - is that a Contador I'd want to see?

Nope.
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12 Dec 2012 12:31

pdluz7 wrote:In 2014, WC will be in Spain, so I voted in 2015.

Even better with WC in Spain. A rare opportunity to win the triple crown. If there's no chance for treble of the GCs, then there's classic triple with Giro - Tour - WC.
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12 Dec 2012 12:32

DominicDecoco wrote:He'll need a soft Giro to do that. And he'll need to be defensive, conservative and save as much energy as possible for the 3 weeks - is that a Contador I'd want to see?

Nope.

But it would awesome Tour, then.
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12 Dec 2012 14:04

DominicDecoco wrote:He'll need a soft Giro to do that. And he'll need to be defensive, conservative and save as much energy as possible for the 3 weeks - is that a Contador I'd want to see?

Nope.


You know Alberto will never be defensive and conservative
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12 Dec 2012 14:08

LaFlorecita wrote:You know Alberto will never be defensive and conservative


It happens if his form / opponents' form requires that.
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12 Dec 2012 14:16

LaFlorecita wrote:You know Alberto will never be defensive and conservative

what about 2008?
A race that doesn't give an attacker the chance to finish it off alone is not a race anymore.


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12 Dec 2012 14:18

Eshnar wrote:what about 2008?


He just couldn't do better. And doesn't the exception prove the rule?
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12 Dec 2012 14:20

airstream wrote:It happens if his form / opponents' form requires that.


So he won't do it when he isn't forced to. Exactly.
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12 Dec 2012 14:24

serfla wrote:Even better with WC in Spain. A rare opportunity to win the triple crown. If there's no chance for treble of the GCs, then there's classic triple with Giro - Tour - WC.


The road race course itself is too easy for.contador. His rainbow opportunity is in the tt, but that ain't no triple.crown.
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12 Dec 2012 14:27

I'm sure in 2014 or 2015 he will go for all three. If he can avoid injury, there is no reason he shouldn't at least podium them all even if he only wins one or two. In any case, he should race the triple to emulate Sastre's awesome career.
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12 Dec 2012 14:28

LaFlorecita wrote:He just couldn't do better. And doesn't the exception prove the rule?

only for those who couldn't provide a real proof :p
A race that doesn't give an attacker the chance to finish it off alone is not a race anymore.


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12 Dec 2012 15:12

Eshnar wrote:only for those who couldn't provide a real proof :p


Lol :D :D
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12 Dec 2012 15:26

I doubt that Contador will be willing to push himself and race when he knows he wont be near at his best like in 2011. He should focus on winning the Tour first never mind the Giro :p
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12 Dec 2012 15:34

Froome19 wrote:I doubt that Contador will be willing to push himself and race when he knows he wont be near at his best like in 2011. He should focus on winning the Tour first never mind the Giro :p


Omg I hope you are not serious :D
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12 Dec 2012 15:37

LaFlorecita wrote:Omg I hope you are not serious :D


Secure what you have first. The Tour really is not that easy to win tbh, apparently it is the hardest race in the world in fact. Fact is that he has not won it for the past two years so we have to wait and see.
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12 Dec 2012 15:39

Froome19 wrote:Secure what you have first. The Tour really is not that easy to win tbh, apparently it is the hardest race in the world in fact. Fact is that he has not won it for the past two years so we have to wait and see.


In fact he has not won it for the past 4 years but we (all sane cycling fans) know he will have by far the biggest chance to win if he is at his best. Of course things like crashes, bonks, mechanicals and crosswinds can spoil the party
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12 Dec 2012 15:52

LaFlorecita wrote:In fact he has not won it for the past 4 years but we (all sane cycling fans) know he will have by far the biggest chance to win if he is at his best. Of course things like crashes, bonks, mechanicals and crosswinds can spoil the party

Firstly no one knows how good Contador is after his ban. His Vuelta performance certainly would not have sufficed to win the Tour. Also there are new contenders and a variety of factors. Without getting into a scrap riddled with subjectiveness a Contador whilst being likely can be prevented by a lot of factors and is nowhere near a certainty until we see going up against his rivals.
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12 Dec 2012 15:56

Froome19 wrote:I doubt that Contador will be willing to push himself and race when he knows he wont be near at his best like in 2011. He should focus on winning the Tour first never mind the Giro :p


Alberto finished fifth in that tour 3'57" back. He lost 1'20" in the first stage. 2'37" remains. He lost 24" in the TT. If he had had a better team they could've limited it to 10". 2'23" remains. He lost 1'35" when he bonked/cracked/whatever it was on Galibier. That leaves us with 48". Can we be certain that he wouldn't have been able to take 48" on Evans if he hadn't been injured, hadn't crashed a dozen times, hadn't been forced to attack and waste energy in a descent??

And don't forget that Giro was a super hard one, Alberto didn't hold back one bit (he could've just followed after Etna if he had known he could ride the tour too) and it were stressful times for him of course.

So I do think he could do the double.
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12 Dec 2012 15:58

Froome19 wrote:Firstly no one knows how good Contador is after his ban. His Vuelta performance certainly would not have sufficed to win the Tour. Also there are new contenders and a variety of factors. Without getting into a scrap riddled with subjectiveness a Contador whilst being likely can be prevented by a lot of factors and is nowhere near a certainty until we see going up against his rivals.


I would like to know then why would Alberto be worse now after his ban? He was only out for 6/12 months.
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12 Dec 2012 16:01

LaFlorecita wrote:I would like to know then why would Alberto be worse now after his ban? He was only out for 6/12 months.


I wasn't the one worried about how he would perform at the Vuelta ;). I think you could find enough people who were worried about just how good Contador would be when he came back.
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