Teams & Riders Alberto Contador Discussion Thread

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Yeah that is just insane to think about. I remember back in the day running cross country and doing 8-12 400m repeats and that felt like a lot. Mentally gearing up to attack a mountain 78 times is unfathomable.
Unfathomable is descending 78 times in a lactic fog without crashing! That's something rare.
By the way...400m repeats on the track will either break your will or make you a good pursuiter. We had coaches that leaned toward Eastern block methods: more is better.
I prefer cycling to running any distance...even two strides worth.
 
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Wow! I actually didn’t realize that was a record. I watched that Tour but it wasn’t as easy to get context back then, or I suppose I just wasn’t aware of how to. I’m assuming that record still stands, or has Froome surpassed it?
 
Wasn't the beginning ridden not as hard? I don't remember fully and haven't had time to rewatch Lantern Rouges video.
Nah the beginning was done super fast. Apart from a shallow cat 2 it was basically a unipuerto stage with some false flat kms, but the fact that it only had 10 dudes remaining after 3km of climbing shows you the speed on the bottom must have been insane.

Still, even considering that, it's by far the biggest VAM and W/kg outlier in the last 15 years, it might even be Schlecks best performance, so I don't really doubt there was also a significant tailwind too.

Also it's a pattern we've come to see quite often now where a unipuerto stage that's just completely drilled on the bottom of the climb gets insane gaps compared to big multimountain stages for some reason.

Still sad Contador didn't go loco on Mont Ventoux that year.
 
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That performance on verbier wasn t that so good! That stage just had one mountain climb, and verbier is not that so hard.
Bradley wiggins just lost 1 min and 9 seconds to contador on that climb, and wiggins weren t a great climber. Quintana, froome or schleck had done better performances than that in their careers.
Remember ax 3 domaines 2013, froome climbed ax 3 domaines in 21 min and 40 seconds, contador climbed verbier in 20 min and 55 s. Froome just lost 45 seconds, with port pailheres before ax 3 domaines and, not forget ax 3 domaines is a little bit dificult.
Quintana this year had done a better performance than contador on verbier, on mont ventoux.
 
Nah the beginning was done super fast. Apart from a shallow cat 2 it was basically a unipuerto stage with some false flat kms, but the fact that it only had 10 dudes remaining after 3km of climbing shows you the speed on the bottom must have been insane.

Still, even considering that, it's by far the biggest VAM and W/kg outlier in the last 15 years, it might even be Schlecks best performance, so I don't really doubt there was also a significant tailwind too.

Also it's a pattern we've come to see quite often now where a unipuerto stage that's just completely drilled on the bottom of the climb gets insane gaps compared to big multimountain stages for some reason.

Still sad Contador didn't go loco on Mont Ventoux that year.
But then he couldn't give the thumbs up to Lance :D
 
That performance on verbier wasn t that so good! That stage just had one mountain climb, and verbier is not that so hard.
Bradley wiggins just lost 1 min and 9 seconds to contador on that climb, and wiggins weren t a great climber. Quintana, froome or schleck had done better performances than that in their careers.
Remember ax 3 domaines 2013, froome climbed ax 3 domaines in 21 min and 40 seconds, contador climbed verbier in 20 min and 55 s. Froome just lost 45 seconds, with port pailheres before ax 3 domaines and, not forget ax 3 domaines is a little bit dificult.
Quintana this year had done a better performance than contador on verbier, on mont ventoux.
Not very surprising, coming from 'Andy Schleck' :p

Good point about the Pailheres though.
 
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