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Teams & Riders Alberto Contador Discussion Thread

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Afrank said:
Considering Contadors age, targeting Giro-Tour now might be the best decision. If he really wants to win the Giro-Tour double in his career than he might as well do it sooner rather than later. If he waits to attempt it he could run into the problem of age and not be as good as he would have been if he had attempted it earlier.

Either way I think it's good that he is thinking of attempting it. Chapeau for just seriously considering it.

Considering his age it would be better to win another tdf or two instead of another giro.
 
LaFlorecita said:
Considering his age it would be better to win another tdf or two instead of another giro.

I don't think that is good enough for him. He has the ultimate confidence in himself, is very intelligent tactically, and the heart of a warrior. He wants a place in history that may be untouchable in the future.
Go Alberto. If he thinks he can do it. I believe him.
 
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LaFlorecita said:
Considering his age it would be better to win another tdf or two instead of another giro.

If he just wants to find a lot of success and victories in his career, then yes definitely it would be better to just go for the Tour. But Contador seems to want to do more than just be a guy that won the Tour a bunch. So if he is going to try to win Giro-Tour, then sooner is better than later.
 
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I listen the spanish audio and he told Giro-Tour is the most probably schedule for him.

This confirms something I heared a week ago and it's Tinkoff bank goals in Italy as a company, and send Alberto to do Il Giro fits this theory.
 

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veganrob said:
I don't think that is good enough for him. He has the ultimate confidence in himself, is very intelligent tactically, and the heart of a warrior. He wants a place in history that may be untouchable in the future.
Go Alberto. If he thinks he can do it. I believe him.
I agree.
He's a guy who's competing with great achievements in his mind.
And he's in position to place himself in history, next to Hinault, Merckx and, before all, his compatriot Indurain. Their achievements should be the measure of his ambitions.
This year is very good for Giro - Tour double. Next year there will be the Worlds on his home turf, and that might be a new challenge (we've already discussed when should he target the double).
I would be delighted to see him targeting the double against Wiggins. It should provide exceptional entertainment, and that's exactly what cycling needs after the Oprah - two most prominent riders of the present battling in biggest events of the sport.
 
Eshnar said:
would it really matter. Having three Tdf wins is not so much better than two. But the double would put him on a completely different level, in historical terms.

But 4 tdf 1 Giro 2 Vuelta > 2 Giro 3 Tour 2 Vuelta

Kinda sad that at the end of his career he will most likely have 7 GT wins at best. It looked so promising a few years back :(
 
LaFlorecita said:
:mad: He already won Giro 2 times. will I ever get over this :(
I don't know if he will indeed do the Giro-Tour double this year or not. From what I heard he left it open and sort of up to the team. However Going for it this year would make it special since it gives him a chance, once again, to win 3 GT in less than a year. This , of course, is the alberto we love. Those who say "it w'ont be easy to win" should remember: Easy is not what that man is after.
 
Eshnar said:
would it really matter. Having three Tdf wins is not so much better than two. But the double would put him on a completely different level, in historical terms.

There is still this view the average (narrow minded) sports fan would have. You know, that he is that guy who could only win le Tour on the juice. if I was contador, I would love to shut all critics more than anything else and win that freaking race. then again, Contador doesn't strike me as being a guy like that.
 
Flamin said:
There is still this view the average (narrow minded) sports fan would have. You know, that he is that guy who could only win le Tour on the juice. if I was contador, I would love to shut all critics more than anything else and win that freaking race. then again, Contador doesn't strike me as being a guy like that.
that kind of view wouldn't change even if AC does win it again. It would just be another meaningless Tour he won on the juice.
 
Eshnar said:
that kind of view wouldn't change even if AC does win it again. It would just be another meaningless Tour he won on the juice.

That would **** with the narrative that Evans and wiggins winning prove cycling is clean now. they'd have to change it to - cycling was clean for.2 years then became dirty again for a year then clean cos froome won the dirty before the final.clean era of geraint Thomas learning he can climb and winning 5 straight tours.

Or some such.
 
The Hitch said:
That would **** with the narrative that Evans and wiggins winning prove cycling is clean now. they'd have to change it to - cycling was clean for.2 years then became dirty again for a year then clean cos froome won the dirty before the final.clean era of geraint Thomas learning he can climb and winning 5 straight tours.

Or some such.
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The Hitch said:
Thats why i said oficially. I still have deluded hope that 10 years from now some court will overturn the decision to strip him of the 2011 giro.

He could have gone to the ECHR. He would have won according to a professor of law (not sure which area it was, prob human rights) in a interview. His right to presumption of innocence was violated.

But i think that term has been expired.
 
nice picture of vino teaching Alberto ATTACK!

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Alberto about the Giro-Tour double

and about the classics:

That said, he does like the idea of winning his first spring Classic. It’s a question of metering out his energy, though, with the specific demands of the one day races meaning that he would have to aim to be at a peak. If he’s also trying to do the same for the Giro and the Tour, it’s difficult for the body to be able to raise itself each time.

“I think I could win a Classic if I completely prepared to get one, but you have to consider what you would be risking,” he said. “To do that, I’d need to have more training that for stage races; they [the Classics] don’t rely on recovery, which is my best quality. There’s also the issue of spring allergies.

“The only year that I was well trained I rode at a good level, but the effort is very large and are not entirely compatible with the Tour de France.”
 

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