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18 May 2011 19:15

Tyler'sTwin wrote:Probably because he's clean.


it would be better if posts like these get removed immediately
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18 May 2011 19:29

Lofkvist simply doesn't climb well enough to be GT GC contender. I think he'd be a much better classics and one week tour contender if he'd forget about try for the GC in GTs.
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18 May 2011 19:32

Sneekes wrote:Lofkvist simply doesn't climb well enough to be GT GC contender. I think he'd be a much better classics and one week tour contender if he'd forget about try for the GC in GTs.


well said.now try to convince him if you can.;)
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18 May 2011 19:35

Sneekes wrote:Lofkvist simply doesn't climb well enough to be GT GC contender. I think he'd be a much better classics and one week tour contender if he'd forget about try for the GC in GTs.


+1

He could win the Tirreno type races, and spring semi-classics and autumn classics instead of trying to be too much of a GT star. BTW if he has any shot at a good GT placement it's at the Vuelta imo.
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18 May 2011 19:41

jsem94 wrote:+1

He could win the Tirreno type races, and spring semi-classics and autumn classics instead of trying to be too much of a GT star. BTW if he has any shot at a good GT placement it's at the Vuelta imo.


Don't think he can sprint well enough.
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18 May 2011 20:01

TRDean wrote:He didn't say he was...what he said was that Contador should not be racing. The dynamic of the race would have been different...and it would have. I agree with him.


You are right about the dynamics part, but I think the meaning of it was that Contador shouldn't have to be riding this Giro with a CAS-case in progress, regardless of outcome.

He said, roughly, that regardless of the outcome, Contador should either have been acquitted OR suspended by now, he should not be racing with a verdict from CAS hanging over his head right now.

As I understand it, a ban for Contador would take away all his results from between the positive test and the verdict ->It is in Contador's favor if this thing is resolved now (discounting agreements with Saxo Bank)

So in principle it's a statement against UCI, the spanish cycling federation, WADA and CAS: "look this should have been resolved by now"

I think there is far too little critisism over how the authorities have handled this case.

More rider should take courage and critisize how things are run in cycling.

And what do AIGCP do except whining over team budgets, UCI fees, race radios?


To repeat: It is critique against the slow process, not critique against Contador.
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19 May 2011 05:20

Even if it would have been aimed directly at Contador, he would have just been right. It's a shame.
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19 May 2011 06:55

Paris nice style race. He could go to a strong team, Leopard, Sbs and be a really good superdomestique. Maybe in his future he could win the Vuelta. He's an ok rider probably just not fullfiling potential.
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19 May 2011 07:09

His main problem is that he can't switch tempo so when the favourites start attacking he will always drop off the back and gets left in no mans land and once that gap opens up he can't accelerate to catch up either but basically needs for the main group to slow down back to something slower than his main tempo but that never really happens. He's gotten better at lasting longer in GTs now and even on the Etna stage he didn't collapse or anything but his tempo was just slightly lower than that of the favourites when they attacked.

When you are that much of a diesel as Löfkvist is, it's hard to see what types of races one could win. Even week long races is difficult since there will always be other riders that are better at TTing or sprinting for bonus seconds etc that will beat him so he's destined to be a top 10 riders rather than a winning rider. With that in mind I guess it makes sense to target GTs since getting 8th in the Giro etc is better than getting 8th in Paris - Nice.
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10 Feb 2013 23:54

nice result
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11 Feb 2013 03:03

Indeed, nice to see him finally showing some signs of his old level and that's he's not a completely lost cause.

Wish I had put him on my cq team though. :o
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