Haimar Zubeldia: The Anonymous One

Aug 28, 2013
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I don't know why I follow Zubeldia's results each day. He never attacks. He's hardly ever noticed. One or two of his teammates are always picked to finish higher. Despite all that, the guy is consistent and many times ends up the highest on GC on his teams - Four top tens in the TDF and, most likely, a fifth top ten this year to go with two top tens in the Vuelta. And those top tens aren't built on accumulating time gaps in breakaways, they're built upon riding with the best. Is being consistently good in the Tour, but never winning, worthy of note?
 
Mar 14, 2009
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chiocciolis_calves said:
I don't know why I follow Zubeldia's results each day. He never attacks. He's hardly ever noticed. One or two of his teammates are always picked to finish higher. Despite all that, the guy is consistent and many times ends up the highest on GC on his teams - Four top tens in the TDF and, most likely, a fifth top ten this year to go with two top tens in the Vuelta. And those top tens aren't built on accumulating time gaps in breakaways, they're built upon riding with the best. Is being consistently good in the Tour, but never winning, worthy of note?
no, its not :cool:
 
chiocciolis_calves said:
I don't know why I follow Zubeldia's results each day. He never attacks. He's hardly ever noticed. One or two of his teammates are always picked to finish higher. Despite all that, the guy is consistent and many times ends up the highest on GC on his teams - Four top tens in the TDF and, most likely, a fifth top ten this year to go with two top tens in the Vuelta. And those top tens aren't built on accumulating time gaps in breakaways, they're built upon riding with the best. Is being consistently good in the Tour, but never winning, worthy of note?
Yes, it is :D

But I would imagine that most people will miss seeing this thread if it's anything like it's cyclist in question :p
 
Sep 8, 2009
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hehehe one of cycling's biggest enigmas

i think he will finish 8th in this tour even if no moto tv camera will follow him in the itt. what a legend! he's always back there and you'll never see him
 
May 20, 2010
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In 2003 Tour he even ended up in front of overhyped Mayo.

He always rides at his own pace. It wasn't unusual to see him drop from the group of favorites before 20 other riders only to end up 6th or 7th in the end, overtaking them one by one as they get cooked.
 
nesocip said:
In 2003 Tour he even ended up in front of overhyped Mayo.

He always rides at his own pace. It wasn't unusual to see him drop from the group of favorites before 20 other riders only to end up 6th or 7th in the end, overtaking them one by one as they get cooked.
Mayo isn't overhyped. He was literally the best climber of the last decade-and-a-bit. Zubeldia was better against the clock, but Mayo schooled the peloton between early 2003 and June 2004.

After that the team doctor left and he never quite reached that level again, but that's another story.
 
nesocip said:
In 2003 Tour he even ended up in front of overhyped Mayo.

He always rides at his own pace. It wasn't unusual to see him drop from the group of favorites before 20 other riders only to end up 6th or 7th in the end, overtaking them one by one as they get cooked.
Ten Dam said after he few stages he'd prefer to stick to Zubeldia "because he is strong and always keeps a good pace". Zubeldia never falters :D
 
Jan 13, 2014
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I love him! great diesel climber, but why he can't win at 1 week races? not the big ones, but langkawi-sanluis-utah-beauce
 
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Arnout said:
Yeah he seems to be riding own pace like 50 meters behind the front group all the time.
Yes, he does that intentionally, to not be labelled a wheelsucker.

It is known.
 
cineteq said:
Please change title to:

Haimar Zubeldia: The Anonymous One or How to Wheelsuck a Top-10 Result All the Way to Paris
A lot of top 10's in GT's wheelsuck anyway. Otherwise they would be close to the podium anyway. They don't usually have to do the work unless they are working for somebody else.
 

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