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Teams & Riders Alberto Contador Discussion Thread

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Amnes2015 said:
tbh i'm just pleased will see this awesome racer for 2 more years
Nothing has been confirmed so it could very well be just 1 more year or even zero, if we have to believe he hasn't signed a contract yet. Although I can't see that happening, he said it himself, he isn't going to retire after abandoning the Tour and getting a bad result in the Vuelta.
 

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LaFlorecita said:
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LaFlorecita said:
From Race Radio on twitter

Did Contador actually sign his contract with @TrekSegafredo? Rumors from the Vuelta say he is talking to Movistar and Bahrain.

FFS Berto make my dream come true and go to Lampre
The signs have been there :cool:
Bet he's just putting pressure on Trek " if you don't want me, that's fine, I'll go elsewhere" he knows how to play this game

Unzue would probably eat his own hand to sign Alberto, but I can't see it happening

Alberto and Vomistar have never gotten along. I think that´d be very unlikely. Although Vomi has renewed its sponsorship with Abarca for another 3 years. So maybe they have a bigger budget now.
 
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This is *****, he's never gonna be the same anymore. He won't do anything anymore and he'll prob retire this year.






So fleur, happy now? Didn't jinx him for tomorrow :p

Of course i don't believe this ***, he's gonna win the tour next year
 
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sacrifice&hardwork said:
LaFlorecita said:
sacrifice&hardwork said:
The secret was all in the gear, unfortunately Alberto rode with the wrong one and gave away precious time.
That's unfortunate :(

Very unfortunate! He rode with a 54X11 while Froome and Quintana rode with a 56X11. It could've saved him a minute on Froome, but oh well…

Worked for Quintana???
 
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Singer01 said:
sacrifice&hardwork said:
LaFlorecita said:
sacrifice&hardwork said:
The secret was all in the gear, unfortunately Alberto rode with the wrong one and gave away precious time.
That's unfortunate :(

Very unfortunate! He rode with a 54X11 while Froome and Quintana rode with a 56X11. It could've saved him a minute on Froome, but oh well…

Worked for Quintana???
Well, compared to Contador, it definitely helped. He didn't lose any time in the last 2/3rds, which is where a big gear would have been most helpful.
 
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Gigs_98 said:
LaFlorecita said:
From Race Radio on twitter

Did Contador actually sign his contract with @TrekSegafredo? Rumors from the Vuelta say he is talking to Movistar and Bahrain.

FFS Berto make my dream come true and go to Lampre
How much would I pay to see Contador and Nibali both as leaders in one team in a gt. Make it happen and see the cycling world burn :lol:

Alberto to Movistar.. is a good reason for him to not be at TDF.
Alberto to Bahrain .. is a good reason for him to not be at TDF.

so either way, he can attempt Giro/Vuelta double. :lol:
 
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sacrifice&hardwork said:
LaFlorecita said:
sacrifice&hardwork said:
The secret was all in the gear, unfortunately Alberto rode with the wrong one and gave away precious time.
That's unfortunate :(

Very unfortunate! He rode with a 54X11 while Froome and Quintana rode with a 56X11. It could've saved him a minute on Froome, but oh well…
Makes sense that it could cost him some time on the flat parts / descents. If he was on 54-11 on the descents, then odds are he couldn't quite reach the same speeds as higher-geared riders (or atleast he would have to pedal at a much higher rate to compensate for the gear). Seems weird to make such a bad call regarding equipment from the team.
Anyway he was already 30 seconds behind Froome at the first check. Probably just wasn't quite his day.
 
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LaFlorecita said:
DFA123 said:
LaFlorecita said:
From Race Radio on twitter

Did Contador actually sign his contract with @TrekSegafredo? Rumors from the Vuelta say he is talking to Movistar and Bahrain.

FFS Berto make my dream come true and go to Lampre
The signs have been there :cool:
Bet he's just putting pressure on Trek " if you don't want me, that's fine, I'll go elsewhere" he knows how to play this game

Unzue would probably eat his own hand to sign Alberto, but I can't see it happening
Yeah, in all seriousness, I can't see it happening either. It just doesn't quite seem to fit - but I wouldn't be surprised if he was keeping all options open. Equally, though, I wouldn't be surprised if he's already signed for Trek. :confused:

It's a bit strange how this is all playing out tbh.
 
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Cance > TheRest said:
sacrifice&hardwork said:
LaFlorecita said:
sacrifice&hardwork said:
The secret was all in the gear, unfortunately Alberto rode with the wrong one and gave away precious time.
That's unfortunate :(

Very unfortunate! He rode with a 54X11 while Froome and Quintana rode with a 56X11. It could've saved him a minute on Froome, but oh well…
Makes sense that it could cost him some time on the flat parts / descents. If he was on 54-11 on the descents, then odds are he couldn't quite reach the same speeds as higher-geared riders (or atleast he would have to pedal at a much higher rate to compensate for the gear). Seems weird to make such a bad call regarding equipment from the team.
Anyway he was already 30 seconds behind Froome at the first check. Probably just wasn't quite his day.

Very hard to believe he chose the wrong gears. And I note there's no source or link to support this theory. Are we to believe that Alberto and his team, with all their experience, would have chosen the wrong gearing?! Matthew Keenan, the Australian commentator on my TV transmission, was even saying how Alberto knew the course inside out. And he and his team would have certainly practiced it. Yet they chose the wrong gears?
 
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sir fly said:
Movistar would be the best choice for Contador, but I'm not sure Quintana, Valverde and Contador aren't too much for a(ny) team.
First to win tomorrow's stage.
For sure, Contador should bite their hand off if they offered to sign him as their leader for the Giro. He won't get a better offer than that in terms of team support and potential to win another GT.

Don't really see the benefit to Movistar though of spending so much on him. They already have the GC covered for the biggest races with Quintana, and they already have a Spanish superstar to keep sponsors happy.
 
Well be very interesting to see if he as anticipated will play it relatively conservative and defend his 3rd and try to win the stage or actually try to win the race and risk everything. I very much doubt the latter, but apparently, the Contador I've learned to know in this thread is supposed to do just that, so I sure look forward to that. He doesn't care about top-3 or top-10, only the WIN. #QuererEsPoder
 
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DFA123 said:
Yeah, in all seriousness, I can't see it happening either. It just doesn't quite seem to fit - but I wouldn't be surprised if he was keeping all options open. Equally, though, I wouldn't be surprised if he's already signed for Trek. :confused:

It's a bit strange how this is all playing out tbh.
I really hope we'll hear what happened, but I doubt it. It's so weird: Pantano, Zubeldia, Mollema, De Jongh have all but confirmed he'll ride for Trek. We also heard he would sign for them on the first rest day of the Tour. But later we heard his management had contacted Astana and now we have these rumors he's talking to Bahrain and Movistar. Perhaps they never got round to signing on the first rest day because Alberto was already at home - after which the Trek management started doubting? Either way it would be sad if he is really struggling to find a team :(
 
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DFA123 said:
sir fly said:
Movistar would be the best choice for Contador, but I'm not sure Quintana, Valverde and Contador aren't too much for a(ny) team.
First to win tomorrow's stage.
For sure, Contador should bite their hand off if they offered to sign him as their leader for the Giro. He won't get a better offer than that in terms of team support and potential to win another GT.

Don't really see the benefit to Movistar though of spending so much on him. They already have the GC covered for the biggest races with Quintana, and they already have a Spanish superstar to keep sponsors happy.
Well, IIRC Unzue has tried to sign Contador since his ONCE days, I think it would be like a personal victory for him :p