Teams & Riders Alberto Contador Discussion Thread

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I've always enjoyed Alberto's rides, he was my favourite cyclist for a decade. I generally share your sentiment that TdF'09 and Giro'11 were his best performances. The latter was most dominant (he even gave victories on two occasions) but the former had stronger competition so it has to be #1. His record until Giro'11 was ridiculous: 6 GT victories in a row! It's also easy to notice that his post-ban level was generally lower but there was more drama. What I regret most is missed TdF'14 chance - Alberto was in great shape then (best in post ban period) and was ready to take on and beat Froome, NIbali and win another Tour (which is blatantly missing in the second part of his career). He got his chance to shine at Vuelta though and got revenge against Froome.
 
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I generally share your sentiment that TdF'09 and Giro'11 were his best performances. The latter was most dominant ........... It's also easy to notice that his post-ban level was generally lower but there was more drama
Totally agree on this part. Contador seemed to be more tactically daring post ban. In fact I think this subtle transformation seemed to begin in the 2011 TdF affected by crashes and/or Giro fatigue. Examples that edition were stages 16,17 and 19 to the Alpe followed up by 3rd (I think?) in the stage 20 TT showing he still had 3rd week strength. I was not a massive Contador fan but his efforts that TdF earned my respect and admiration. Inspirational to see a rider improvise on tactics when they know they may not be able to win on shear power alone.
 
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Who has been the lady with him a couple of days/weeks ago, new flame?

In any case, following his insta he seems to be in a real good place and has taken well to his new roles and life.

Also those Aurum bikes are pure cycling porn.
 
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