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Carlos Betancur discussion thread

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But he had a horrible placement (again) when Gilbert started to attack. I think he was in 15th position then. He came back to 5th, but then exploded a little bit in the end. Could have finished top-3.

But on the other hand, he showed good legs after a hard stage yesterday. He's close to top form, which is great for cycling in general.
 
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Escarabajo said:
Had Betancur been disciplined this past winter he would be having a feast in this Giro. Probably 3 stages by now. I actually believe it!!
I think he's the comeback story of the year. I'm not sure what conversations went on behind the scenes, whatever they were sure worked! Looking forward to seeing his head catch up with his incredible talent. When that finally happens, lookout WT...
 
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Jspear said:
It's funny to see how happy some are when he gets a top 10 result. :D

this guy has an astonishing fan base for a rider who has never won anything. he's overweight all the time, totally undisciplined, always off the back, yet some people on here talk about him like he's the second coming of robert gesink or jvdb2.

i hope he wins something in this giro, if only to justify why people even talk about him.
 
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spanky wanderlust said:
Jspear said:
It's funny to see how happy some are when he gets a top 10 result. :D

this guy has an astonishing fan base for a rider who has never won anything. he's overweight all the time, totally undisciplined, always off the back, yet some people on here talk about him like he's the second coming of robert gesink or jvdb2.

i hope he wins something in this giro, if only to justify why people even talk about him.

He did win Paris-Nice, you know?
 
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spanky wanderlust said:
Jspear said:
It's funny to see how happy some are when he gets a top 10 result. :D

this guy has an astonishing fan base for a rider who has never won anything. he's overweight all the time, totally undisciplined, always off the back, yet some people on here talk about him like he's the second coming of robert gesink or jvdb2.

i hope he wins something in this giro, if only to justify why people even talk about him.
never won anything.... :eek:
 
For everyone over 200lbs, he's an inspiration. When I was playing tennis more often I'd look to David Nalbandian or Marion Bartoli or the immortal Diego Junqueira. Now I look up to Carlitos Betancur :p

On a more serious note redemption stories and mercurial talents have always been huge draws. Andy Schleck also had quite the fanbase, as did Jan Ulrich.
 
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SergeDeM said:
4:34 behind Kiryienka today which is close to what we'd expect from him at his best. I so hope he doesn't ever go back to Colombia.
He just had a child. Maybe the responsibility to provide for his new family is something that he recognizes would be easier making bigtime WT money over working in a field in Columbia or some other mundane job that don't pay very well. He doesn't exactly have transferable skills to the job market from cycling.
 
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Escarabajo said:
Don't reply to spanky wanderlust. He is a very well known troll.

that's hilarious!
can't tell which is funnier, that i'm a troll or that i'm well known.
thanks!

it's not actually a response to my point that betancur is highly overrated. although, i guess i understand why his fans would resort to ad hominems. how many minutes back was he today? :rolleyes:

fact is, i do route for the guy. pro cycling is a better place when betancur is on form and winning. i think everyone wants to see that.
 
AG2R knows that if they let him go to Colombia and wait until the Vuelta it would be a complete waste of time. Really. Why do it. If they do it might as well pay Betancur for they rest of the year for free. LOL.

In 1 month before the Tour it is harder to loose fitness. It is their choice whether they want to take the gamble.
 
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Escarabajo said:
AG2R knows that if they let him go to Colombia and wait until the Vuelta it would be a complete waste of time. Really. Why do it. If they do it might as well pay Betancur for they rest of the year for free. LOL.

In 1 month before the Tour it is harder to loose fitness. It is their choice whether they want to take the gamble.
Well they are stupid enough ;) ... I dont know if its a good idea to ride Tour tho, he will be very tired,he has lot of race days.
 
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Escarabajo said:
AG2R knows that if they let him go to Colombia and wait until the Vuelta it would be a complete waste of time. Really. Why do it. If they do it might as well pay Betancur for they rest of the year for free. LOL.

In 1 month before the Tour it is harder to loose fitness. It is their choice whether they want to take the gamble.
What's the point of sending Betancur to the Tour? He's racing non-stop for some months, and he has barely seen his child. And AG2R already have Bardet and Peraud (+ Pozzovivo?). The only thing AG2R should do is make sure he trains and lives like a pro in Colombia.

Anyway, he said already he's going back to Colombia after this Giro. :)
 
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Popchu said:
Escarabajo said:
AG2R knows that if they let him go to Colombia and wait until the Vuelta it would be a complete waste of time. Really. Why do it. If they do it might as well pay Betancur for they rest of the year for free. LOL.

In 1 month before the Tour it is harder to loose fitness. It is their choice whether they want to take the gamble.
What's the point of sending Betancur to the Tour? He's racing non-stop for some months, and he has barely seen his child. And AG2R already have Bardet and Peraud (+ Pozzovivo?). The only thing AG2R should do is make sure he trains and lives like a pro in Colombia.

Anyway, he said already he's going back to Colombia after this Giro. :)
Yep,he could be depressed he havent seen his son for a while.That would affect him in negative way surely.

edit: Can I ask you for the source of that last sentense?