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24 Dec 2012 18:20

With the amount of money he's on, Astana is the only viable option unless he takes a pay cut.
He might have to contend with a Fuglsang hunger strike though.:D
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24 Dec 2012 19:08

Why not Cannondale? With Nibali gone, there's room for a second GT leader and Basso is doing the Giro.

Edit: del1962 already mentioned them.
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24 Dec 2012 19:11

hayzer114 wrote:Would a move back to Movistar be a possibility, ok they have Valverde but Purito would have excellent support in the mountains with Quintana and Smydt to set the pace.


no, they don't want him.
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24 Dec 2012 19:12

Cannondale and Lampre to me seem valid suggestions.
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24 Dec 2012 19:14

It's too late for Rodriguez to make successful transfer now.
Besides that, he's too ambitious IMO. The Tour is out of his reach.
I'm afraid he could end in clinic if he doesn't restrain himself.
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24 Dec 2012 19:17

Cannondale have become more of a classics squad this year. Sagan will be going for the Green jersey and even though he had no problem with Nibs this year would he want his team to be GC focus for the 2nd year in row?

The direction they have taken makes it an unlikely destination but if they have a change of heart he might go there on a one year contract.
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24 Dec 2012 19:18

serfla wrote:It's too late for Rodriguez to make successful transfer now.
Besides that, he's too ambitious IMO. The Tour is out of his reach.
I'm afraid he could end in clinic if he doesn't restrain himself.


Out of his reach? He is a great climber and he has improved his tt a lot. (he's better than A Schleck now) So if Andy could win tdf why not Purito?
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24 Dec 2012 19:33

LaFlorecita wrote:Out of his reach? He is a great climber

I wouldn't agree completely. He gets advantage only on specific climbs. Very different from Tour climbs, and very differently ridden from Giro or Vuelta ascents. Very possible his legs would be broken by tempo ride even before the final climb on a Tour stage.
LaFlorecita wrote: and he has improved his tt a lot. (he's better than A Schleck now) So if Andy could win tdf why not Purito?

Improved from losing quarter hour on flat itt to a fifth?

Not Tour caliber, IMO.
He couldn't beat returnee Contador and Valverde with the Tour in his legs, on a perfect route and in the season of his life.
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24 Dec 2012 19:38

Man, what a mess.
J-Rod would make Astana a real force in TdF, but I like to see him and Moreno at Argos in '13.
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24 Dec 2012 20:03

LaFlorecita wrote:Out of his reach? He is a great climber and he has improved his tt a lot. (he's better than A Schleck now) So if Andy could win tdf why not Purito?
True. If anybody thinks Andy can win the Tour, then even more so Purito.
I'm not saying he will though. :D
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24 Dec 2012 20:12

Ryo Hazuki wrote:none, as purito will never win the tour, no matter what team


I agree as I don't see any of the contending teams wanting to take him.
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24 Dec 2012 20:19

I could see Lampre picking him up, I doubt they have the money, but they only have Scarponi and he sucked last year, so maybe they want to upgrade :)
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24 Dec 2012 20:40

gustienordic wrote:I could see Lampre picking him up, I doubt they have the money, but they only have Scarponi and he sucked last year, so maybe they want to upgrade :)


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24 Dec 2012 20:56

mighty uk postal will take him on board
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24 Dec 2012 21:01

jens_attacks wrote:mighty uk postal will take him on board

And designate for the Tour leader?
It's about the Tour, remember.
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24 Dec 2012 23:39

Lampre and Euskatel I think would both be good teams for him but I'm not sure either have the money. Cannondale could support him but there might be some problems there with Sagan. BlancoBank would be able to support him in the Tour as long as they are 100% behind him.

I think it's a mistake for him to find another team and focus on the Tour though, especially at this time in the season. I think he should just stick with Katusha (assuming they take a step down to continental) and go for Giro Vuelta plus the classics.
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25 Dec 2012 01:07

I doubt he can win the Tour and the big teams have already filled their rosters pretty much for the new season. He will have to take a pay cut to ride in one of the smaller teams. Maybe sign a one year contract and look for something better at the end of 2013.
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25 Dec 2012 08:52

Afrank wrote:Lampre and Euskatel I think would both be good teams for him but I'm not sure either have the money. Cannondale could support him but there might be some problems there with Sagan. BlancoBank would be able to support him in the Tour as long as they are 100% behind him.

I think it's a mistake for him to find another team and focus on the Tour though, especially at this time in the season. I think he should just stick with Katusha (assuming they take a step down to continental) and go for Giro Vuelta plus the classics.


He'll still target T-A and the Ardennes classics, I'm sure.

I don't think it's a mistake to focus on the Tour, though. The route suits him so much that he'd be a legitimate podium contender. He won't be a shoe-in for a podium spot, ofc, but he has a shot. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for someone who obviously cares about that and doesn't only care about winning, like Contador.
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25 Dec 2012 10:28

There is only 1 team for Purito, and that is the A to the S to the T to the A to the N to the A
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25 Dec 2012 16:52

Vino attacks everyone wrote:There is only 1 team for Purito, and that is the A to the S to the T to the A to the N to the A


This has to be the most likely choice. Only Sky, Astana, & BMC can afford him I think.
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