Teams & Riders Alberto Contador Discussion Thread

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Yes it's sad but we should be happy he ends his career on a high note :) it could have been much sadder
I will miss him and hope he doesn't disappear :( but we have so many great memories, I am getting a photo album printed with images of the best moments in his career :) he gave me a few more to add to the last page :)
 
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LaFlorecita said:
Inquitus said:
Based on his Vuelta performance, his GT credentials are still good, esp for the Giro and the Vuelta, he might not have what it takes to win the TDF right now, but this seems like he is being forced into an undeserved and early retirement when he still has plenty to offer. But for the Andorra day when he was sick, it would have been a 3 way battle between him, Nibali and Froome for the GC.
I don't think he is being forced into anything, he seems happy to say goodbye. I think he wants to enjoy life after cycling.

I think he may have been ...but now its a done thing

Also look up statistics...alot of pros do not enjoy life after cycling...

They dont get the same highs, they miss the racing and their team mates ...
Especially of they were very focused on cycling ...
 
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I have to say I had lost interest in racing this season . Seeing what seemed to me a fading Bertie I have not been following the sport has I used to. Let's be honest the tour has become a bore. I was slowly reeled back in during this vuelta. Bertie's form as been outstanding . His relentless attacks day after day have made this a race to remember. I expected him to lose big time. But instead he has been in the best form since 2014. I can't believe how he has recovered and then lit this race up . Just outstanding . The strongest rider/climber by a long way. I'd love to see him carry on next year if can hit this sort of form but with some strong team mates. He would decimate the Sky train. But it's perhaps best that he ends like this a great champion and this vuelta will be remembered for his flair and attacking style. The best rider I have ever seen and the only rider who can put sky to the sword it's 1 man vs a whole team and he beats them ...legend
 
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No words...Just so happy - and - SO sad; (all the 'tweets' finally bought tears to the eyes). Thank you Alberto for one last magnificent show.
 
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SafeBet said:
I'm drinking too much and it's only 9pm :(
So sad.

Cheers! You're not the only one drinking :D

This day was so emotional. All the greatness, the last fantastic glimpses of his glory, getting closer to the end of cycling's past and the beginning of future, where perhaps no GTs will be worth to watch.

I'll miss him :cry: He gave us so much...
 
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HelloDolly said:
I think he may have been ...but now its a done thing

Also look up statistics...alot of pros do not enjoy life after cycling...

They dont get the same highs, they miss the racing and their team mates ...
Especially of they were very focused on cycling ...
Alberto knows there is a world outside cycling and a life after cycling and he is looking forward to enjoying it to the fullest - he'll get to spend more time with his wife, family and dogs, and he'll stay active in cycling :)
Of course he will miss the competitive aspect but he gets so much in return for giving that up - he'll finally be free to do what he wants.

Look at Purito - he seems very happy :) I don't think we'll have to worry about Alberto
 
What a ride. So happy for him. Deserved the win, shame for the problems on the first mountain stage, he would have been very dangerous for the GC. But whatever, he went with a bang, wishing him all the best in life after cycling. The most exciting rider and one of the most exciting athletes in my lifetime.

Gracias Alberto
 
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Electress said:
Carols said:
Still on Cloud 9 and teary eyed. Yesterday I turned 67 years old, Thank You Alberto for a Grand Present :).
Happy Birthday, Carols!. Tomorrow is my birthday. I feel exactly the same way.
Happy Birthday to you both of you!
I am conflicted. Happiness and sadness overwhelms me.I

Edit: ...and belated happy birthday Gunara!
 

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