Alejandro Valverde Discussion Thread

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Call me a hopeless dreamer for reviving this thread, but since Froome and Contador are getting a lot of discussion in advance of the Critérium du Dauphiné it seems only fair to me that Alejandro get some love (or whatever) in advance of the Tour de Suisse. I sincerely hope he's in the mix come July, but I'm interested in what wiser heads than mine have to say about that.

I'm also interested in what rabid fanboys and unashamed nationalists have to say about it. :D
 
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hfer07 said:
agreed with Ryo - what a dumb objective.:mad:

He should go for some legendary solo breakaway stage wins similar to what he did in 2012 on the Peyragudes stage
That post was from a year ago, written after Valverde had lost 10 minutes on that flat stage
 
How come the greated cyclist off all time has so many few posts in his Official Thread!

I'm rooting for him to win the overall. My life would be complete.

VAMOS BAALAAAA!
 
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BigMac said:
How come the greated cyclist off all time has so many few posts in his Official Thread!
Because this thread was created to have a thread on him with the proper title. There have been other threads on him, like the comeback thread for him.
 
Afrank said:
Because this thread was created to have a thread on him with the proper title. There have been other threads on him, like the comeback thread for him.
I know. But this thread has been around for almost two years. Discussion should be focused here.
 
ILovecycling said:
Possible oponents for Suisse or is he gonna dominate this thing?;)
Rui Costa, Bauke Mollema, Thibaut Pinot, Andy Schleck (?), and, apparently, Sir Bradley Wiggins. I'm cheering for Costa, personally, who is my new favorite rider purely because I'm coincidentally spending the first two weeks of July in Lisbon! :D
 
Oh, did not know Sir Bradley was racing. Looking forward to his performance then. This year's edition of Suisse is very mountainous though. I'm not sure he will be able to keep with the better climbers.
 
Just looked at the profiles for the first time. Definitely mountainous. That's gonna make things harder for Wiggo - Even the tt's are hilly which will give the climbers an advantage. I'm thinking Valverde, Kreuziger, Costa, and Wiggins (In that order) will be the one's to watch...assuming they all come with some amount of good form.
 
Dazed and Confused said:
Correct, a top TT'er who can climb well will be in pole position.

Still Valverde will not go down without a fight.
I agree Valverde will not go down easily. IMO Wiggins will have to be even better than he was in Cali to beat the other GC guys coming here. I could see Valverde taking it (gc).
 
Wallenquist said:
According to L'Equipe, Valverde won't ride Suisse but Route de Sud instead :confused: looks like he's avoiding his great rivals before Le Grand Depart.
Well that's a disappointment. Though I don't think Quintana rode even that last year as Tour prep, much less Suisse or Dauphine.
 
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