- Mar 13, 2009
I would disagree.isayic said:Contador was always a good time trialist. His first victory as a pro was a timetrial. But he didn't get much training in his early years. Also during the first year with Bruyneel he got no TT training because the "Mastermind" hired him as a gerario for Basso. (grrrrrrr) Later Bruyneel wanted him to help Leipheimer to win the Tour. The rest is history we all know.
Bruyneel wasn't happy with Contador's victory. Spaniards were in the team to help the top riders in the mountain but, oh goodness, not to win a GT.
If it would have been possible he wouldn't have Contador taken to the Giro. But Zomegnan insisted in Alberto's participation.
I don't think that Contador's TT skills have something to do with doping because you can recognize a development when he got real training.
Leipheimer on the other hand wasn't a great timetrialist when he was with Gerolsteiner. But suddenly when being with Bruyneel he was great against the clock. That makes me suspicious. And speaking of the mountains: Contador beat his brother Fran in the mountains with a bike made of steel that was too big for him -- he was thirteen. Think what you want. Sometimes you have natural born athletes or artists. Think of Mozart who gave his first big concerts as a child. And I assure you that EPO wasn't invented then.
Leepy on gear, and lets face it, they all are, was verging on a great chrono rider. Not many folk win a tour chrono.
Gonachar Honchar Ukraine H and Gs abound.
Great riders win Tour chronos.
Great chrono riders that is.
Leepy even on Gerolsteiner, targeted certain races, Queen, aka Criterium Dauphine Libere.
Then check his results at Deutschland.
Very good results too.
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