He's coming home!!!! Alejandro Valverde comeback thread.

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What will Valverde's impact be the cycling world in 2012

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portugal11 said:
Koronin said:
Here's one in Spanish that has even more reactions from other cobble specialists.
http://noticiclismo.com/2018/03/28/valverde-sorprende-al-mundo-del-ciclismo-con-su-actuacion-en-dwars-door-vlaanderen/

It seems yesterday he was saying no to racing Flanders, now he's saying he's undecided. We will see. I hope he does. I won't expect anything from him there. I want to try it.
he won't racing. pais vasco will talk louder
I don't know why they keep insisting he's racing Pais Vasco when we all know he's not.
 
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Apparently it will depend entirely on Unzué's decision

Valverde was talking about meterological conditions in Flandes for the weekend, but if he is told not to race or to race GP Miguel Indurain he will be in Pamplona.
 
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KyoGrey said:
Apparently it will depend entirely on Unzué's decision

Valverde was talking about meterological conditions in Flandes for the weekend, but if he is told not to race or to race GP Miguel Indurain he will be in Pamplona.

If he really wants to race Flanders he'll talk himself into the lineup. That's what happened at Strade Bianche. Unzue and the rest of the management had no intention him racing there and he talked them into his racing. The team has also come out and stated no decision until Friday at the soonest.
 
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armchairclimber said:
What a racer. I have gone from wincing at the sound of his name to applauding him. So many more arrows in his quiver than Alberto. Only Nibali is in the same league for completeness.
Contador has won a wider variety of races than Valverde lol.
 

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armchairclimber said:
What a racer. I have gone from wincing at the sound of his name to applauding him. So many more arrows in his quiver than Alberto. Only Nibali is in the same league for completeness.
He is definitely a more versatile rider than Contador.
 
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armchairclimber said:
What a racer. I have gone from wincing at the sound of his name to applauding him. So many more arrows in his quiver than Alberto. Only Nibali is in the same league for completeness.
I'd add Kwiatkowski and Gilbert, although Gilbert is not able to win stage races, his versatility in all sort of one-day races is amazing.
 
Honestly I don't put too much value in an 11th place in DDV. Sure it looked impressive, but he clearly ran out of gas in the last 25 km. And I don't buy that he'd necessarily do better in a tougher race when all the deciding climbs are on cobbles.
 
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Red Rick said:
Honestly I don't put too much value in an 11th place in DDV. Sure it looked impressive, but he clearly ran out of gas in the last 25 km. And I don't buy that he'd necessarily do better in a tougher race when all the deciding climbs are on cobbles.
Ridiculous. It looked impressive because it was impressive. He held his own against the best cobbled riders in the world, who are at their absolute peak form right now. And he did it by attacking and forcing selections in terrible weather conditions. It wasn't a case of finishing 11th from a bunch sprint of the also rans. He was an active protagonist in the race until missing the final move. Couldn't really ask for more in a very rare race on cobbles and from such an inexperienced cobbles rider.

His competitors today were clearly impressed judging by their comments. They know how hard it is to finish in one of the front groups in a race like that, even if you are a specialist.
 
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DFA123 said:
Red Rick said:
Honestly I don't put too much value in an 11th place in DDV. Sure it looked impressive, but he clearly ran out of gas in the last 25 km. And I don't buy that he'd necessarily do better in a tougher race when all the deciding climbs are on cobbles.
Ridiculous. It looked impressive because it was impressive. He held his own against the best cobbled riders in the world, who are at their absolute peak form right now. And he did it by attacking and forcing selections in terrible weather conditions. It wasn't a case of finishing 11th from a bunch sprint of the also rans. He was an active protagonist in the race until missing the final move. Couldn't really ask for more in a very rare race on cobbles and from such an inexperienced cobbles rider.

His competitors today were clearly impressed judging by their comments. They know how hard it is to finish in one of the front groups in a race like that, even if you are a specialist.

It was an impressive ride. I'll go with what the fact the Quickstep DS and many of the cobbled specialists are saying about how impressed they are with his race as proof it was impressive. It's hard to get into the front group to begin with and he was there even though he's truly very inexperienced in these type of races. I'd venture the biggest reason he ran out of gas at the end was simply due to inexperience in these type of races.
 
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Koronin said:
DFA123 said:
Red Rick said:
Honestly I don't put too much value in an 11th place in DDV. Sure it looked impressive, but he clearly ran out of gas in the last 25 km. And I don't buy that he'd necessarily do better in a tougher race when all the deciding climbs are on cobbles.
Ridiculous. It looked impressive because it was impressive. He held his own against the best cobbled riders in the world, who are at their absolute peak form right now. And he did it by attacking and forcing selections in terrible weather conditions. It wasn't a case of finishing 11th from a bunch sprint of the also rans. He was an active protagonist in the race until missing the final move. Couldn't really ask for more in a very rare race on cobbles and from such an inexperienced cobbles rider.

His competitors today were clearly impressed judging by their comments. They know how hard it is to finish in one of the front groups in a race like that, even if you are a specialist.

It was an impressive ride. I'll go with what the fact the Quickstep DS and many of the cobbled specialists are saying about how impressed they are with his race as proof it was impressive. It's hard to get into the front group to begin with and he was there even though he's truly very inexperienced in these type of races. I'd venture the biggest reason he ran out of gas at the end was simply due to inexperience in these type of races.
Agreed. If anyone would know, it would be them. Those guys are all at their absolute peak now so they know it was impressive. I don't think he could top 5 at Flanders but a top 15 would be doable if Movistar let him ride it.
 
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El Pistolero said:
armchairclimber said:
What a racer. I have gone from wincing at the sound of his name to applauding him. So many more arrows in his quiver than Alberto. Only Nibali is in the same league for completeness.
Contador has won a wider variety of races than Valverde lol.
Hilarious. Bless Contador, great rider, but a one trick pony compared with Valverde (and Nibali ... even Kwiat). :D
 
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armchairclimber said:
El Pistolero said:
armchairclimber said:
What a racer. I have gone from wincing at the sound of his name to applauding him. So many more arrows in his quiver than Alberto. Only Nibali is in the same league for completeness.
Contador has won a wider variety of races than Valverde lol.
Hilarious. Bless Contador, great rider, but a one trick pony compared with Valverde (and Nibali ... even Kwiat). :D
doesn't Chang the fact that he has won a wider variety of races than valverde (95% of his wins are the Same boring stuff)
 
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El Pistolero said:
armchairclimber said:
El Pistolero said:
armchairclimber said:
What a racer. I have gone from wincing at the sound of his name to applauding him. So many more arrows in his quiver than Alberto. Only Nibali is in the same league for completeness.
Contador has won a wider variety of races than Valverde lol.
Hilarious. Bless Contador, great rider, but a one trick pony compared with Valverde (and Nibali ... even Kwiat). :D
doesn't Chang the fact that he has won a wider variety of races than valverde (95% of his wins are the Same boring stuff)
Yeah, Valverde won solo on a climb, solo after a climb, solo after escaping on the downhill, won from breakaway, won bunch sprints, won reduced sprints on the flat, uphill sprints, won ITT's, but it's nothing compared to Contador's wider variety :lol: It's a fact :D
 
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armchairclimber said:
El Pistolero said:
armchairclimber said:
What a racer. I have gone from wincing at the sound of his name to applauding him. So many more arrows in his quiver than Alberto. Only Nibali is in the same league for completeness.
Contador has won a wider variety of races than Valverde lol.
Hilarious. Bless Contador, great rider, but a one trick pony compared with Valverde (and Nibali ... even Kwiat). :D
contador isn't a one trick pony... a rider who wins 9 gt's (on the road) has to be a decent all rounder. Contador was good in descending, time trialing, mountains and windy stages. a one trick pony is quintana who only can climb well, at the rest he is just mediocre. But of course valverde is a better all rounder
 
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armchairclimber said:
What a racer. I have gone from wincing at the sound of his name to applauding him. So many more arrows in his quiver than Alberto. Only Nibali is in the same league for completeness.
Why the constant comparisons to Berto and Nibs - what is the point - other than to bait El Pisti
 
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portugal11 said:
armchairclimber said:
El Pistolero said:
armchairclimber said:
What a racer. I have gone from wincing at the sound of his name to applauding him. So many more arrows in his quiver than Alberto. Only Nibali is in the same league for completeness.
Contador has won a wider variety of races than Valverde lol.
Hilarious. Bless Contador, great rider, but a one trick pony compared with Valverde (and Nibali ... even Kwiat). :D
contador isn't a one trick pony... a rider who wins 9 gt's (on the road) has to be a decent all rounder. Contador was good in descending, time trialing, mountains and windy stages. a one trick pony is quintana who only can climb well, at the rest he is just mediocre. But of course valverde is a better all rounder
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