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2010 Volta ao Algarve

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blaxland said:
+1 agreed.................and Leigh Howard should also surprise a few people...

Well he did win a stage in Oman :p

Whilst on the subject of Contador, what was the cause of the scar on his chin (on his right)? I know about the scar he has on the side of his head.
 
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Moose McKnuckles said:
Astana will chase. Sky will chase. Cervelo will chase. Garmin will chase. Rabobank will chase. BMC will chase.

Teams aren't going to let major contenders go up the road in breaks.

Remember when Telekom took the front when Lance had the yellow jersey. Telekom was going to try to isolate Lance. He sat in the back and played ropadope (spelling?). When the big climb came, Ullrich was isolated and alone and Lance had 3 or 4 guys still with him. Attacking a contender who is on a strong team is almost impossible. The whole crux of the argument here is whether or not Astana is strong enough to support Alberto if more than one contender attacks with their number 2 GC guys. And as another poster noted, Alberto could hop into a lead group, but if he is alone in that lead group while Radio Shack has two, Saxo has two, etc., he is a sitting duck if there is a mechanical or if they force him over and over to cover attacks.

When you read race reports from 1980s and earlier, it was such a different game then. Guys would be scattered all over the mountain and it would be bedlam. Guys had to ride on their instincts instead of, "Yes sir, Johann. I will soft pedal for the next 11.453 kilometers and then I will cover Lance for the next 9.893 kilometers and then . . ."
 
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Dr.JSW said:
Remember when Telekom took the front when Lance had the yellow jersey. Telekom was going to try to isolate Lance. He sat in the back and played ropadope (spelling?). When the big climb came, Ullrich was isolated and alone and Lance had 3 or 4 guys still with him. Attacking a contender who is on a strong team is almost impossible. The whole crux of the argument here is whether or not Astana is strong enough to support Alberto if more than one contender attacks with their number 2 GC guys. And as another poster noted, Alberto could hop into a lead group, but if he is alone in that lead group while Radio Shack has two, Saxo has two, etc., he is a sitting duck if there is a mechanical or if they force him over and over to cover attacks.

When you read race reports from 1980s and earlier, it was such a different game then. Guys would be scattered all over the mountain and it would be bedlam. Guys had to ride on their instincts instead of, "Yes sir, Johann. I will soft pedal for the next 11.453 kilometers and then I will cover Lance for the next 9.893 kilometers and then . . ."

There are a couple of teams with 2 contenders providing everyone starts the Tour, sadly for Radio Shack they aren't one of those teams despite the PR play from Armstrong he wont allow a teammate to win over him, otherwise he wouldn't have has a problem last year when Contador did.