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Teams & Riders Alberto Contador Discussion Thread

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Fleur, here are the reference pics. I expect a full analysis when you see him fully in tour du sud. I got every side of him covered.

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Guys chill out! Alberto knows what he is doing, and if he can't reach his goal it sure isn't because he is lazy. He is trying to achieve the impossible, and we can analyze on pictures, comments and so on - which we should do, but don't make any conclusions yet. We will get our answers 4th July, so don't bum yourselves out if you think he looks too fat. Nothing is decided yet! :)
 
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LaFlorecita said:
He looked "bigger" at the Giro... hips/legs and upper body.. but we will see in Route du Sud and TDF

Look at Nibali in that last pic :eek:
Nibali is just using Diaphragmatic breathing, he was very lean at the start of the Giro, air enters the lungs and the belly expands.
 
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Mayomaniac said:
LaFlorecita said:
He looked "bigger" at the Giro... hips/legs and upper body.. but we will see in Route du Sud and TDF

Look at Nibali in that last pic :eek:
Nibali is just using Diaphragmatic breathing, he was very lean at the start of the Giro, air enters the lungs and the belly expands.
I know ;) but it shows that you shouldn't look at a rider's belly to see how lean he is ;)
 
I'm sure Contador and his trainers know all the stats on where he needs to be come July 4. You would think that everything is going according to plan, with the Giro mission accomplished, and now AC can just focuss on arriving exactly where he wants to be in early July.

He knows that 2013 can't happen again if he wants to be successful, a tough lesson he seemed to have not only bounced back from in 2014, but that made him get even better. It is, therefore, difficult to imagine that he would let his weight slip away from target. No that would impardonable given his quest.
 
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Mayomaniac said:
LaFlorecita said:
He looked "bigger" at the Giro... hips/legs and upper body.. but we will see in Route du Sud and TDF

Look at Nibali in that last pic :eek:
Nibali is just using Diaphragmatic breathing, he was very lean at the start of the Giro, air enters the lungs and the belly expands.

nibali is using the norwegian breathing. Ask birdsong. Rumors said he is the best rider in astana team now, even nibs and scarponi can't drop him in the training camp *read somewhere*. I won't worry about contador weight. I more interested how much muscle he develops for training to run up the mountain standing int his pedal :D. And I don't believe he will show up with his 2013 form. He knows it.
 
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Jelantik said:
Mayomaniac said:
LaFlorecita said:
He looked "bigger" at the Giro... hips/legs and upper body.. but we will see in Route du Sud and TDF

Look at Nibali in that last pic :eek:
Nibali is just using Diaphragmatic breathing, he was very lean at the start of the Giro, air enters the lungs and the belly expands.

nibali is using the norwegian breathing. Ask birdsong. Rumors said he is the best rider in astana team now, even nibs and scarponi can't drop him in the training camp *read somewhere*. I won't worry about contador weight. I more interested how much muscle he develops for training to run up the mountain standing int his pedal :D. And I don't believe he will show up with his 2013 form. He knows it.

How can Nibili be better than Nibs? :D
 
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LaFlorecita said:
Is this Alberto??
Arianna Fidanza ‏@AriFidanza 4m4 minutes ago Livigno, Lombardia
Incontri fortunati! #Training @albertocontador

Looks like him... red helmet and black kit???

Nice pic.
yh it's him, he's wearing his customized jersey for training.
 
Interesting, on Eurosport Karsten Kroon says that when he was watching the Finestre stage and saw Alberto dropping, he thought to himself that he would lose the Giro, because he was 1.30 behind at the top and there were still 25km to go. But then he kept the gap stable, so he feels he was either bluffing or just didn't want to go all out.
So basically what some of us also said.
 
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LaFlorecita said:
Is this Alberto??
Arianna Fidanza ‏@AriFidanza 4m4 minutes ago Livigno, Lombardia
Incontri fortunati! #Training @albertocontador
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Looks like him... red helmet and black kit???

and who's the other guy? Hernandez? or Basso?
 
LaFlorecita said:
Interesting, on Eurosport Karsten Kroon says that when he was watching the Finestre stage and saw Alberto dropping, he thought to himself that he would lose the Giro, because he was 1.30 behind at the top and there were still 25km to go. But then he kept the gap stable, so he feels he was either bluffing or just didn't want to go all out.
So basically what some of us also said.

I don't believe it for one second. Alberto losing 2:30 and looking vulnerable intentionally? Not buying it!

That stage is an invitation for Froome, Nairo and Nibali to attack the crap out of him. I just don't believe he would open that door if he could prevent it. He dropped because he couldn't stay with them, and then he rode without going red. If he went red he could have easily lost the Giro.
 
Carols said:
LaFlorecita said:
Interesting, on Eurosport Karsten Kroon says that when he was watching the Finestre stage and saw Alberto dropping, he thought to himself that he would lose the Giro, because he was 1.30 behind at the top and there were still 25km to go. But then he kept the gap stable, so he feels he was either bluffing or just didn't want to go all out.
So basically what some of us also said.

I don't believe it for one second. Alberto losing 2:30 and looking vulnerable intentionally? Not buying it!

That stage is an invitation for Froome, Nairo and Nibali to attack the crap out of him. I just don't believe he would open that door if he could prevent it. He dropped because he couldn't stay with them, and then he rode without going red. If he went red he could have easily lost the Giro.
That's the point. He didn't want to go too deep.
And he lost 1 minute in the final few km.. he just rode his own pace.
 
LaFlorecita said:
Carols said:
LaFlorecita said:
Interesting, on Eurosport Karsten Kroon says that when he was watching the Finestre stage and saw Alberto dropping, he thought to himself that he would lose the Giro, because he was 1.30 behind at the top and there were still 25km to go. But then he kept the gap stable, so he feels he was either bluffing or just didn't want to go all out.
So basically what some of us also said.

I don't believe it for one second. Alberto losing 2:30 and looking vulnerable intentionally? Not buying it!

That stage is an invitation for Froome, Nairo and Nibali to attack the crap out of him. I just don't believe he would open that door if he could prevent it. He dropped because he couldn't stay with them, and then he rode without going red. If he went red he could have easily lost the Giro.
That's the point. He didn't want to go too deep.
And he lost 1 minute in the final few km.. he just rode his own pace.

That isn't bluffing IMO, it was smart riding to salvage his Giro.
 
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If the point is that the time he lost to Aru overstates the disparity in strength between the two that day, then sure. Mainly because at Sestriere Aru clearly went all out and benefitted from Landa's pace making, whereas Contador didn't go all out and had to ride solo. How many seconds that is worth is anyone's guess.
 
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Carols said:
LaFlorecita said:
Carols said:
That isn't bluffing IMO, it was smart riding to salvage his Giro.
That's why I wrote "either - or" in my post. ;)

Okay I missed that somehow :)

Yes he was clearly saving damage, we can watch moments were is rear wheel was sliding wasting energy, he has trouble with this kind of terrain, but in the end of the stage he still had +/- 2m of advantage.
some examples :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMCD3s2EquM
38m35, 46m26, 48m13, 56m39
 
DS from Etixx, Brian Holm doesn't believe in Contador, it seems. He states that he will not win, and that he doesn't think Contador would have won without the Giro in his legs, either. His favourite is Quintana, apparently. Interesting to get the perspective of someone in the peloton with no ties to any of the big four.

He also stated that he is certain Nibali would have destroyed Contador last year regardless of the crash. Food for thought, if nothing else.

http://feltet.dk/nyheder/holm_contador_vinder_ikke_touren/
 
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The Blues said:
DS from Etixx, Brian Holm doesn't believe in Contador, it seems. He states that he will not win, and that he doesn't think Contador would have won without the Giro in his legs, either. His favourite is Quintana, apparently. Interesting to get the perspective of someone in the peloton with no ties to any of the big four.

He also stated that he is certain Nibali would have destroyed Contador last year regardless of the crash. Food for thought, if nothing else.

http://feltet.dk/nyheder/holm_contador_vinder_ikke_touren/
lol
 

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