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Is Froome The only rider who can take down Contador in the tour?

Poll ended at 17 May 2013 00:02

Yes.
42
27%
No (specify which rider).
71
46%
Contador can't be taken down in the tour.
28
18%
Contador is lucky that Wiggins will ride the giro (lol option)
12
8%
 
Total votes : 153

06 Feb 2013 02:04

The Hitch wrote:Its not even about the tts. They are a big reason of course but there's also the fact that the tour de France is less 1k at 15% and more 20k at 6%. Long drags.


Well it is about the ITT when last GT they faced off against one another, they were evens in the mountains. Purito has improved far too much in his last two GTs to expect Contador to just drop him by default. Purely on recent performances you'd have to put Purito down as the superior climber to Andy, who couldn't distance Evans in 2011.
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06 Feb 2013 02:08

I voted No but only because I believe the only one that can beat Contador is Condator :)
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06 Feb 2013 02:16

Ferminal wrote:Well it is about the ITT when last GT they faced off against one another, they were evens in the mountains. Purito has improved far too much in his last two GTs to expect Contador to just drop him by default. Purely on recent performances you'd have to put Purito down as the superior climber to Andy, who couldn't distance Evans in 2011.


Correct Andy's horrendous Time trialing cost him the 2011 tour (He had a 57 second lead on Cadel going into the final time and finished 1'34 behind) and Purito lost the Giro at the final TT.
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06 Feb 2013 02:47

Ferminal wrote:Well it is about the ITT when last GT they faced off against one another, they were evens in the mountains. Purito has improved far too much in his last two GTs to expect Contador to just drop him by default. Purely on recent performances you'd have to put Purito down as the superior climber to Andy, who couldn't distance Evans in 2011.



If contador shows up in his 2012 vuelta form.he won't win the tour.

But he doesn't need to ride away from putiro by default anyway. He needs to drop him once and once he does purito has nowhere to get the time back.
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The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago


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06 Feb 2013 03:36

Andy can beat him as long as he gets back to his top shape. I don't see how J-rod can beat Contador considering how many MTF's were in the Vuelta last year and he still lost, plus there was only 1 TT in the Vuelta last year. Can't see anyone else competing with those 3 in top shape.
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06 Feb 2013 03:54

to answer the OP:

YES

Froome to me is the only rider with the skills & the team to take the task against Contador & truly cause him trouble-and I'm saying BOTH IN SHAPE.
ASchleck ain't no threat to Froome -let alone AC in top form. Purito & Valverde aren't of Tour winner breed-they belong to the Giro & Vuelta.
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06 Feb 2013 07:25

bicifan wrote:Purito will never forgive what Alberto did to him in Fuente Dé.


You're right, god forbid someone tries to win the race.
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06 Feb 2013 07:49

I voted; he can't be taken down :D
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06 Feb 2013 07:52

Not less than 6-7 guys. New season. New start. One gets stronger, others get weaker. Who and how is unknown. So if one doesn't build up an artificial barrier between Contador and the rest as some like to do, there a lot of riders...

In short... Wiggins, not a lol option. :)
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06 Feb 2013 08:08

the answer is yes, only froomey
i think andy could do it too but only if alberto will have a bad day and andy will be again at his absolute best.

but of course i can't discount for overall kash, cobo, westra and tommy voeckler.
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06 Feb 2013 08:14

The Hitch wrote:Its not even about the tts. They are a big reason of course but there's also the fact that the tour de France is less 1k at 15% and more 20k at 6%. Long drags.

He also doesn't have the team contador has.
No bonus seconds - which he relied on in vuelta and giro.
He doesn't have the ability to drop his competitors further than 500m out. How's he supposed to take any time? Make a minute on the ttt (and then somehow hold that through the itts and mountains ?


as i see the fact that the man rode high mountains better than contador even without considering bonuses you decided to throw out of the window..

;)
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06 Feb 2013 08:16

airstream wrote:as i see the fact that the man rode high mountains better than contador even without considering bonuses you decided to throw out of the window..

;)


No he didn't. He sprinted better than AC at the end of the stages.
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06 Feb 2013 08:23

Netserk wrote:No he didn't. He sprinted better than AC at the end of the stages.


He did. He brutally flipped Contador at Mundo. Or it was a gift?
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06 Feb 2013 08:35

The Lotto-Belisol boys (whoever rides) Vanendert, Van Den Broeck & De Clercq.
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06 Feb 2013 08:39

No, Vladimir Karpets has a far better track record in taking Alberto Contador down:D

But seriously, in this tour I think it's between the Legend and the Alien
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06 Feb 2013 08:43

No. If the improves enough also Pinot can beat him. And maybe Rodríguez. Th rest can't this year.
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06 Feb 2013 08:44

I think Froome has a good shot if he has a commited and in form Wiggins in his corner.Not sure if Wiggins is capable of giving 100% as a super dom.Not many champs can do that.
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06 Feb 2013 08:48

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Cancellara is like The Black Album. Really good but way overrated.
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06 Feb 2013 08:57

Netserk wrote:Image


you soothe yourself. On that day he was considerably weaker. He would never let Rodriguez go just because of ego, pride and unwillingness to be dropped. Do you seriously think it doesn't count? Devil-may-care fan? I can undertand you.
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06 Feb 2013 09:13

jens_attacks wrote:the answer is yes, only froomey
i think andy could do it too but only if alberto will have a bad day and andy will be again at his absolute best.

but of course i can't discount for overall kash, cobo, westra and tommy voeckler.


Cobo for the double?

Also you're forgetting Rolland!
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