Teams & Riders Alberto Contador Discussion Thread

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QUOTE=BlurryVII;1557723]Restday will be crucial, that will allow him to assimilate thnot impoacing miles he has done this week, then he should be much stronger by the 2 nd week and the last one hopefully.

I personally believe we will all be more or less disappointed after la Zubia, I expect him to drop a couple 10 - 20 secs . But he'll get better and better.[/QUOTE]
As I said, I expect that loses 20s and it would still be a good result for me.However i should nit wonder if he lost just 10s or less difficult but not impossible
 
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I have to say it.

His facial impression and stance on the pedals reminds me of how I saw he was in last years TDF.. I hope he will get better, but maybe he's just too proud to acknowledge his limitations himself... If he get's over this and do well later on he will hopefully prove me wrong and further underline his legendary status...
 
BlurryVII said:
By the way I really liked the way he climbed the "col del cartorce por ciento", he was out of the saddle almost all the time, and he looked smooth, knowing him, it's a good sign.
I still remember to this day the Port de Paillière climb (last one before Ax 3) at the Tour 2013, Quintana attacked, and Contador was most of the time sat on the saddle, he was looking asphixiated and completely ragged, I knew immediately he was about to get crushed and had a very bad form.
He was leaning much more to his left side, which is never a good sign. It's very likely that there is still pain/discomfort on his right knee.
 
burning said:
He was leaning much more to his left side, which is never a good sign. It's very likely that there is still pain/discomfort on his right knee.
IMO he looked pretty bad on the cat2 climb. No rhythm, badly leaning to left side; favoring bad knee. Still he stayed up front, so there is still some hope :).
 
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10-20 seconds is actually not much on a steep climb like La Zubia if that is the case.

It is a 4th or 5th place or something like that.
 
BlurryVII said:
oh I thought he was bouncing both sides since the pace was very slow

Edit: you can see him from 1:06:10 http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/ciclismo/vuelta-ciclista-espana-2014-4-etapa-mairena-del-alcor-cordoba/2727875/

He isn't leaning to the left, it's just his usual style when the pace is slow.
I have it on dvr, much better pic than a vid. He is definitely leaning left. His shoulders are never square even when seated. His left shoulder is continually lower than the right. The bounce and weight shift is expected, the never being square is not.

If he were my racehorse I'd have him in for xrays!
 
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LaFlorecita said:
Sheesh and to think I always thought I was an extreme pessimist.



Yeah, like at Pais Vasco before he crushed Piti:)
True
At the dauphiné as well, if you watch the first part of col du béal before Froome's attack,Contador was bouncing from right to left, he didn't even look that good but then he was great responding savage accelerations from dawg.
My opinion: as long as he is out of the saddle, it's a good sign.
But yeah, it's really not comparable since he didn't come back from a crash ... only 2 days to go and we'll have our answer.
 
in giro 2008 he was standing on the saddle like dufaux or like a person with aggresive diarrhea, like hang in there it's almost over

i think it's fab that he's staying that much out of the saddle, like in tdf 2009.

vamos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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jens_attacks said:
in giro 2008 he was standing on the saddle like dufaux or like a person with aggresive diarrhea, like hang in there it's almost over

i think it's fab that he's staying that much out of the saddle, like in tdf 2009.

vamos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
oh man, I remember stage 17, col de romme and especially col de la colombière, AC was like 99% of the time dancing on the pedals, I have no footage of him sitting on the bike lol, it was insane .
 
Purito hinted that the legs barely kept up and it was hard to breathe during the climbs because of the heat. AC would not be this open about it but it could play a role.

Sitting in the saddle while tilting a bit with his head is usually the sign of Alberto during a bad patch. Think early Zoncolan 2011 where he couldnt follow Anton after closing the bridge his first time while riding equal with Scarponi.
 
I wouldn't take too much from the way he is pedaling in video yet. I believe he is just rocking back and forth putting some stress on knee to test it. It does look exagerrated but just a personal testing.
 
hrotha said:
Why would you take anything he says at face value? :eek:
I always take what he and his team say with a grain of salt. Reading what he says about himself though is no worst then listening to everyone here trying to figure out how he is based on their perception of his body language....
 

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