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Jun 17, 2009
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I remember watching Gert Jan Theunisse and being amazed, I think that was my 1st tour in about 88-89 and Sean Kelly was an amazing rider but would have to say my favorites were Sean Yates, he was a monster of a domestique and Laurent Jalabert who i think was a enormous talented all rounder...... shouldn't forget Abdoujaparov !!
 
Apr 11, 2009
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Ok, I am going to get TRASHED for saying this, but mine is first, Mario Cipollinni and second Sean kelly. I am a sprinter and usually an arrogant buffoon, also way too big to be any good on the climbs, so I tend to like people who are like me! (LOL). Yeah, I like Cavendish, but not yet my fave. He's arrogant enough but needs some more wins before that happens. Cipollinni also actually took ten or fifteen minutes to bull**** with me when I was in Italy researching a novel several years ago.
 
Jun 23, 2009
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My favourite is definately Michael Boogerd. He was always in the front in almost every race he joined. Coloured classic finals and grand tour finals. Next to that a very nice person, he had always something funny to say after the race. You could see he just loved to cycle, a pure cyclist.
 
Jun 22, 2009
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I think every Dutch cycling fan was always a Boogerd fan. :cool:

He worked his socks off, wore his heart on his sleeve and never won nearly as much as he probably should have done - dare I say it, possibly because he was clean?

Much respect!
 
Jun 24, 2009
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First = Jens Voigt - who puts in more consistent effort from start to finish of any race or any season?

Chris Horner
Hincapie
Zabriskie

Last = LeMond - what a dingleberry he has become. He's clearly just bitter because Lance gets more media. I was never a fan, and I have followed this sport for over 20 years and watched the hype ... Davis Phinney was 1000 times better.
 
Jun 24, 2009
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only if you like dopers

Nikoloz said:
Jan Ullrich, Joseba Beloki
how can you figure this using any logical progression?

One is an east German on the sauce and the other one only had modest success before he crashed out.
 
Jun 9, 2009
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gianni bugno the smooth operator
pascal richard another classy act
pascal lino one of the smoothest bike pedalers i've seen
 
distant past: Coppi, Bartoli
far past: Merckx......the greatest, Fuente
near past: Lemond, Fignon, Roche, Hampsted
past: Indurain, Chiapucci, Pantani, Rominger
near present: Armstrong, Heras, Rubiera, Hincapie
present: Contador, Sastre, Di Luca
 
Jun 9, 2009
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Bala Verde said:
Heard he is a helicopter pilot now. Do you reckon he flies those guys in the Giro? :D
actually he did as well as the tour of lombardy. suppose it beats sitting backwards on a motorbike. :D
 
Apr 10, 2009
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39*23t said:
what about allan pieper :cool:
Allan Pieper is a GREAT guy. Rode for 2 weeks with him in 2004 during the Tour on the Bikestyles trip. We sat on the front for hours, him talking and me trying to keep pace. Descended with him one day and Neil Stephens another day. One of the best moments on the trip was when they asked me to accompany them on their "descending ride". It was invitation only. I was very flattered.
 
Apr 1, 2009
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Tangled Tango said:
distant past: Coppi, Bartoli
far past: Merckx......the greatest, Fuente
near past: Lemond, Fignon, Roche, Hampsted
past: Indurain, Chiapucci, Pantani, Rominger
near present: Armstrong, Heras, Rubiera, Hincapie
present: Contador, Sastre, Di Luca
No Ocana or Bahamontes and you have Rubiera and Heras?
 
Mar 18, 2009
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Wow there a too many to choose from....being Aussie, I have to say Phil Anderson for the olden days, Cadel, Stuey and Robbie cause they have been doing us proud....but I also like very much Voigt, Kirchen, Big Thor (as Phil and Paul call him lol),Di luca (who until the Giro, didn't think much of really) and Haussler. :)
 
Mar 16, 2009
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Faves...

Dim past: Merckx, Moser, Hoban

During my own racing days: Lemond, Hampsten, Phinney, Kelly

Contemporary riders: Boonen, Cancellara, Gilbert
 
Apr 12, 2009
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Zoncolan said:
No Ocana or Bahamontes and you have Rubiera and Heras?
His opinion zoncolan although I disagree as well these are his favourites. You know what I'm going to start a most hated thread, I wonder how many times LA name pops up
 
Apr 1, 2009
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franciep10 said:
His opinion zoncolan although I disagree as well these are his favourites. You know what I'm going to start a most hated thread, I wonder how many times LA name pops up
To each his own, of course. The question I raised was in relation to the guy being from Spain and picking Spanish climbers, yet leaving those two greats out.

As for the most hated, I always had a few I disliked.
Past:
Giuseppe Guerini always rubbed me the wrong way as did Stephen Roche. I can't explain why, I just never liked those two guys.
Present:
Schumacher-same as the two above, there was always something that bothered me about him. Maybe his head shape?
 

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