Andreas Kloden's Final Bid For Another Coveted Top 10 Tour Finish, 'Official' Thread

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The jinx continues...

But what a great ride!!! Very strong on the final climb, and it looks like he's been working on his descending skills since 2009 ;-)

2nd place Klodi, but that felt like a victory. Chapeau indeedy.
 
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Techically yes, officially not.

Yes, a much better descent than in 2009 when he lost bags of time, wasn't the same exact descent though (Col de la Colombière)
 
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Serves him right for racing like a journeyman since 2010 in spite of his obvious talent. Really shameful for a former TDF contender.
 
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search said:
not many old friends left in today's peloton. Let's hope Vino will sign him
I thought he was more Ulrich's friend. Certainly seemed that way in the tour when the three of them were riding for T-mobile and Kloden was there to help Ulrich and not Vino.
 
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Dazed and Confused said:
These type of guys make some of the worst domestiques imo. Rarely committed to dig deep for others and sacrifice own chances etc.

The likes of Monfort and Tiralongo are much more effective support riders.
Seriously? the guy is criticized for never being able to lead for himself, his best races he has been a domestique for Ullrich, Armstrong and Contador. However who would he have sacrificed himself for in the past few years? Monfort, Zubeldia, Horner? The biggest question in his ability to domestique effectively is his age and form. Certainly not will.
 
karlboss said:
Seriously? the guy is criticized for never being able to lead for himself, his best races he has been a domestique for Ullrich, Armstrong and Contador. However who would he have sacrificed himself for in the past few years? Monfort, Zubeldia, Horner? The biggest question in his ability to domestique effectively is his age and form. Certainly not will.
Nah, not effective. Can't set a high pace for attacks for a potential leader, seems too fragile etc.

Much better support riders around. Probably cheaper too. Kloeden is done and not just because of age.
 
webvan said:
Serves him right for racing like a journeyman since 2010 in spite of his obvious talent. Really shameful for a former TDF contender.
Most riders naturally become journeyman when they get to 35, 36, 37, 38 years of age.

They don't have the option to choose to be a contender.

I'd be more harsh on those years when Klodi was 26, 27, 28 & 30.
 
ElChingon said:
Yeay! Yet another nail to the coffin of this thread! ;)
I'd doubt that this thread will die in the foreseeable future. What about when the clinic confessions come out of the closet? :D

He may just win Colorado yet! At least Froome and Porte are already out of the running :)

But no matter what he should retire at seasons end.
 

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