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2010 Tour of the Gila

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Moondance said:
Well given tat he got 4 years to prove himself on the Rabo Pro Team I would warrant a guess that he never had it... You just can't be injured for 4 years straight (despite what Cadel fans would have us believe)
Now that's where you are wrong. I know the guy from close by (website). You would almost commit suicide if you see the amount of bad luck he had.
2009 - good results haut var / lost rest of season due to pfeiffer
2008 - good results februari / broke elbow early season, did good vuelta in the end
2007 - good results februari / broke elbow early season, did good vuelta in the end
2006 - neo pro, had good results to start with and again injured later

So yeah, you are wrong. He DID have that much bad luck. Plus Rabobank somehow told him to ride the cobbled classics, while de Maar himself is really much more of a rider for small hilly stage races (like he was in his youth).

2010 started great also, crashed in his 1st race and a hip injury. He returned in Bisbee this week where he had two top-10 finishes
 
Dekker_Tifosi said:
Now that's where you are wrong. I know the guy from close by (website). You would almost commit suicide if you see the amount of bad luck he had.
2009 - good results haut var / lost rest of season due to pfeiffer
2008 - good results februari / broke elbow early season, did good vuelta in the end
2007 - good results februari / broke elbow early season, did good vuelta in the end
2006 - neo pro, had good results to start with and again injured later

So yeah, you are wrong. He DID have that much bad luck. Plus Rabobank somehow told him to ride the cobbled classics, while de Maar himself is really much more of a rider for small hilly stage races (like he was in his youth).

2010 started great also, crashed in his 1st race and a hip injury. He returned in Bisbee this week where he had two top-10 finishes

My apologies to Marc.... Hate to have judged him so harshly.

At least he'll always have a career as a stunt rider if this pro-cycling thing doesn't work out. Seems to be good at crashing.
 
Dekker_Tifosi said:
Now that's where you are wrong. I know the guy from close by (website). You would almost commit suicide if you see the amount of bad luck he had.
2009 - good results haut var / lost rest of season due to pfeiffer
2008 - good results februari / broke elbow early season, did good vuelta in the end
2007 - good results februari / broke elbow early season, did good vuelta in the end
2006 - neo pro, had good results to start with and again injured later

So yeah, you are wrong. He DID have that much bad luck. Plus Rabobank somehow told him to ride the cobbled classics, while de Maar himself is really much more of a rider for small hilly stage races (like he was in his youth).

2010 started great also, crashed in his 1st race and a hip injury. He returned in Bisbee this week where he had two top-10 finishes
Isn't he best friends with Kai Reus? They must be two happy chappies.
 
Meh, at the moment i think he is more chappies with Rory Sutherland, his old Rabo TT3 teammate ;)

I really do hope he can stay clear of injuries for once. He crushed Tom Danielson's record on Mount Lemmon with 45 seconds in the pre-season :eek: (shows again what a great 'climber' Danielson is, if de Maar can beat it lol)
 
Moose McKnuckles said:
I doubt Vino even knows who Taylor Phinney is.
Not sure he'll do well in terms of going for the win here. He's not a climber (Phinney, that is.)

Doesn't Phinney ride for the Hog? Where "he's not a climber" is easily translated into mountain stage victories in a few short months?

Your analysis is so 70's.
 
Ferminal said:
It's all about Levi...

Levi Leipheimer (Mellow Johnny’s) hasn’t lost any form over the last year, which he proved as he took a second consecutive and equally convincing victory atop the steep Mogollon ascent.

Who wrote that? I was there at the finish. You can even see the results. Levi won by maybe 10 seconds, while he won by 49 last year. There are quite a few riders within striking distance.

I don't think Lance's result is much to worry about. He was 1:40 down last year, though he finished 7th then.

Levi looked strong though. I don't think he did any more than he had to do today. He's saving it for the TT and the final day.
 

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Floyd finished ahead of Lance today.

When is the last time that happened on a MountainTop finish?

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BroDeal said:
I think we can now write off Tommy D. for the rest of the year. He just used up his one flash of form for the season at a minor race in the U.S. that no one cares about.

Can we have an update on the Tommy D Classification?