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Cadel Evans: Officially a Champion!

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"the gayest"

Yes the gayest pro cycling has at the end reached his only big victory. Now the gay comunity will be very proud to see the rainbow jersey in him...
 
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Delighted to see Evans win it, Aussie team rode very well and Evans put in massive effort to get up to Cancellara group. To all those who talk about attacking riders, where were all the "attacking" riders today?
 
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Congratulations to Cadel Evans! Finally he gets some of the succes he actually has long deserved.

What an attack! No subtle tactics or mindgames, just no-nonsense power and strength. Also the other Australians did hard work to catch the breakaway and make it possible. Well done!

After all the near-misses, bad luck, the world press ganging up against him in last years tour, flat tyre at the worst possible moment in the vuelta etc. etc. - I can understand why he didn't dare raise his arms. With his usual luck, it would probably have caused his bike to selfcombust one meter before the finish line causing the officials to give him a four hour time penalty.

Hopefully the rainbow tricot will give him confidence. I am beginning to suspect that it is bad tactics from Silence-Lotto's DS that has been holding him back...
 
Just watched the race highlights on Eurosport, the World Championship has been a good race the last few years. Well done Cadel Evans, not a big fan but could have a worse champion(Vainsteins, Astarloa anyone).

Cancellera definitely was the strongest rider the last few laps but the Spanish numerical advantage neutralised him and his tactics were a little bit dodgy I think. Evans barely made the final selection but picked the right wheel when he went after Rodriguez, Kolobnev attack. They were probably the weakest riders in the lead group which is why they were let go.

After they went, the favourites just looked at Cancellera and he looked at the Spaniards. Evans definitely got the tactics right and put in a good attack, not sure what Rodriguez was thinking sitting on Kolobnev other than hoping Valverde would come back up. The Italians dropped away badly, thought they would be better than this other than Cunego.

Really good to see the top guys battle it out at the WC again, so much better than the late 90s/early 00s races.
 
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BroDeal said:
The aussie team's DS lied to him. He told Evans that there was a wheel up ahead he could suck.

LOL. This post wins the thread.

Maybe SIL need to consider this idea as well.

Congrats to Cadel. I hope it boosts him on to more big wins, and less focus on TdF.
 
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Anyone who says he doesn't attack has not been watching much cycling the last two years. Gratuitous, even vindictive, comment to make. An urban myth.

Just a FEW of many examples:

* Liege Bastogne Liege - first guy to attack at bottom of Muur this year.

* Tour this year - first guy to attack Conti on the first mountain stage. Another stage, tries to blow the race apart with surprise attack when behind on GT. Prudhomme of all people still congratulates him for this, sowing "panic in a peleton", in Prudhomme's words, which was marching like a bunch of pedestrians. Showed real cojones not resigning himself to a fake "fate".

Remember all the whining mid tour this year about a pedestrian procession: well it was Cadel who tried to break it up.

* Ah, yes, and the Dauphine. He must have attacked Conti and Valvi 15, 20, 30 times, but was double-teamed by them, with negative racing from Conti (Valvi and Conti on diff. teams, but playing the nation card in a PRO race, LOL).

For that, am glad some Spaniards ate crow at this year's WC. Cadel really gave them a good diet to feed on at the end. Just desserts for them today. But next time it's another day.

Congrats!
 
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Anyone who says he doesn't attack has not been watching much cycling the last two years at all. Ridiculous/vindictive comment to make.

Just a FEW of many examples:

* LBL - first guy to attack at bottom of Muur this year

* Tour this year - first guy to attack Conti on the first mountain stage. Another stage, tries to blow the race apart with surprise attack on innocuous stage when behind on GT. Prudhomme of all people made a pt. of congratulating him for animating the race, sowing "panic in a peleton", in his words, which was marching like a bunch of pedestrians. Showed real cojones not resigning himself to "fate".

Remember all the whining mid tour this year about a pedestrian procession: well Cadel tried to break it up.

* Ah, yes, and the Dauphine. He must have attacked Conti and Valvi 15, 20, 30 times, but was double-teamed by them (and they were on different teams, LOL).

For that, am glad some Spaniards ate crow at this year's WC. Cadel really gave them a good diet to feed on at the end. Just desserts for them today.

Congrats!
 
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If cycling was all about who is the strongest our sport could take place on turbotrainers. Tactics, luck, teamwork, and of course strength all have to go together to get a victory. Today these all fell Cadel's way, congratulations on a great ride.
 
Parrot23 said:
Anyone who says he doesn't attack has not been watching much cycling the last two years. Gratuitous, even vindictive, comment to make. An urban myth.

Just a FEW of many examples:

* Liege Bastogne Liege - first guy to attack at bottom of Muur this year.

* Tour this year - first guy to attack Conti on the first mountain stage. Another stage, tries to blow the race apart with surprise attack when behind on GT. Prudhomme of all people still congratulates him for this, sowing "panic in a peleton", in Prudhomme's words, which was marching like a bunch of pedestrians. Showed real cojones not resigning himself to a fake "fate".

Remember all the whining mid tour this year about a pedestrian procession: well it was Cadel who tried to break it up.

* Ah, yes, and the Dauphine. He must have attacked Conti and Valvi 15, 20, 30 times, but was double-teamed by them, with negative racing from Conti (Valvi and Conti on diff. teams, but playing the nation card in a PRO race, LOL).

For that, am glad some Spaniards ate crow at this year's WC. Cadel really gave them a good diet to feed on at the end. Just desserts for them today. But next time it's another day.

Congrats!

+1 agreed parrot23 .....and it was truely great to see the italians and spaniards going nowhere....favourites crack under pressure..
 
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Parrot23 said:
Anyone who says he doesn't attack has not been watching much cycling the last two years. Gratuitous, even vindictive, comment to make. An urban myth.

Just a FEW of many examples:

* Liege Bastogne Liege - first guy to attack at bottom of Muur this year.

* Tour this year - first guy to attack Conti on the first mountain stage. Another stage, tries to blow the race apart with surprise attack when behind on GT. Prudhomme of all people still congratulates him for this, sowing "panic in a peleton", in Prudhomme's words, which was marching like a bunch of pedestrians. Showed real cojones not resigning himself to a fake "fate".

Remember all the whining mid tour this year about a pedestrian procession: well it was Cadel who tried to break it up.

* Ah, yes, and the Dauphine. He must have attacked Conti and Valvi 15, 20, 30 times, but was double-teamed by them, with negative racing from Conti (Valvi and Conti on diff. teams, but playing the nation card in a PRO race, LOL).

For that, am glad some Spaniards ate crow at this year's WC. Cadel really gave them a good diet to feed on at the end. Just desserts for them today. But next time it's another day.

Congrats!

Now this is the quote of the thread.
So suck it up all you Cadel knockers out there. If you whine about Cadel not attacking when you want him too for the sake of your own entertainment.....then you know nothing about cycling.
How could you doubters not have picked him as a favourite????? Prior form in the worlds? tick. Form late in the year? Tick. Recent grand tour form? Tick. Form in the right classics? Tick.

What a champion to weather all the mindless criticism over the last 2 years. And a great team ride..... fired their bullets at just the right time
 
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ALBERTIÑO said:
Yes the gayest pro cycling has at the end reached his only big victory. Now the gay community will be very proud to see the rainbow jersey on him...

I hesitate to comment on this, but it seems someone else thinks this, too. After having watched Evans in interviews, I had always assumed he was gay, as well. I was surprised to read on Wikipedia that he is married.

Gay or not, great race! A well-deserved champion.
 
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gregod said:
I hesitate to comment on this, but it seems someone else thinks this, too. After having watched Evans in interviews, I had always assumed he was gay, as well. I was surprised to read on Wikipedia that he is married.

Gay or not, great race! A well-deserved champion.

Listening to Cuddles interviews you have to assume that he is a 14 year old girl!