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

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Nirvana said:
Koronin said:
Movistar and Alejandro just announced that he's signed a new 2 year contract plus some sort of addition in which he will remain with the organization through at least 2024. He's definitely racing for 2 more years. They haven't explained with the 3 years of the contract are for and it's likely they don't know yet, just that he's going to remain with them in some capacity. He did not say he is retiring at the end of the 2021 yet either.
Probably they didn't even know what will happen to the team after 2021 considering that the sponsorship extension they signed this winter with Telefónica is only for three years.

As the team has been around as a WT team since 1980 and was actually started in the mid '70's, I think they fully expect to either resign Movistar or be able to find a new sponsor.
 
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Koronin said:
Alejendro has added a third Spanish title to his palmares.

Here's a picture from the podium. Alejandro's 3 boys are with him and Luisle has his son with him.

I managed to watch the race on Eurosport player. Quite a nice little circuit.
Alejandros little girl Natalia is also in the photo but you can only see her hands on the shoulders of the twins as she is smaller. Amazing how different the twins are to each other.
 
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mariposa said:
Koronin said:
Alejendro has added a third Spanish title to his palmares.

Here's a picture from the podium. Alejandro's 3 boys are with him and Luisle has his son with him.

I managed to watch the race on Eurosport player. Quite a nice little circuit.
Alejandros little girl Natalia is also in the photo but you can only see her hands on the shoulders of the twins as she is smaller. Amazing how different the twins are to each other.

TY. Natalia his a good bit smaller and younger than the boys are. I've never thought much about how different the twins are from each other, although that's likely because my sisters are also fraternal twins and look nothing like each other.
 
In an interview today he said he not only is not going for GC at the Tour, but he has no intention on being there to help at end of the high mountain stages. Something about that's not his job. As for weight, he said he did lose weight and at Route d'Occitanie he was down to 58.6kg as an experiment to see how his body responded. One thing he specifically did was ensure he didn't lose any muscle mass. He also said he's gained a kilo back since then and likely will gain another 1-2 before la Vuelta. He was asked about any more goals for himself this year and he said la Vuelta is the only one has for himself for the rest of the year. He also said he will likely retire after 2021, but won't say he will definitely retire after 2021. Interview is with Marca.
 
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Koronin said:
In an interview today he said he not only is not going for GC at the Tour, but he has no intention on being there to help at end of the high mountain stages. Something about that's not his job. As for weight, he said he did lose weight and at Route d'Occitanie he was down to 58.6kg as an experiment to see how his body responded. One thing he specifically did was ensure he didn't lose any muscle mass. He also said he's gained a kilo back since then and likely will gain another 1-2 before la Vuelta. He was asked about any more goals for himself this year and he said la Vuelta is the only one has for himself for the rest of the year. He also said he will likely retire after 2021, but won't say he will definitely retire after 2021. Interview is with Marca.
So... What's his plan for the Tour? Enjoy the French countryside while coasting in the grupetto?
 
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Amazinmets87 said:
Koronin said:
In an interview today he said he not only is not going for GC at the Tour, but he has no intention on being there to help at end of the high mountain stages. Something about that's not his job. As for weight, he said he did lose weight and at Route d'Occitanie he was down to 58.6kg as an experiment to see how his body responded. One thing he specifically did was ensure he didn't lose any muscle mass. He also said he's gained a kilo back since then and likely will gain another 1-2 before la Vuelta. He was asked about any more goals for himself this year and he said la Vuelta is the only one has for himself for the rest of the year. He also said he will likely retire after 2021, but won't say he will definitely retire after 2021. Interview is with Marca.
So... What's his plan for the Tour? Enjoy the French countryside while coasting in the grupetto?

It sounds like stage hunting although he didn't say. He only really said he wants to enjoy himself and have fun.

One other interesting comment he made when asked about Landa and Quintana getting along. He said they should understand how to get along well enough with each other as they are professionals and adults. Then said, However, I'll be there so if need be I can step in mediate. Sounds like he'll be playing referee again. So maybe he's going simply as referee between Landa and Quintana?
 
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Amazinmets87 said:
Koronin said:
In an interview today he said he not only is not going for GC at the Tour, but he has no intention on being there to help at end of the high mountain stages. Something about that's not his job. As for weight, he said he did lose weight and at Route d'Occitanie he was down to 58.6kg as an experiment to see how his body responded. One thing he specifically did was ensure he didn't lose any muscle mass. He also said he's gained a kilo back since then and likely will gain another 1-2 before la Vuelta. He was asked about any more goals for himself this year and he said la Vuelta is the only one has for himself for the rest of the year. He also said he will likely retire after 2021, but won't say he will definitely retire after 2021. Interview is with Marca.
So... What's his plan for the Tour? Enjoy the French countryside while coasting in the grupetto?
Sponsor dollars for the jersey. Help leaders (a bit) on mtn stages and go for stage wins.
 
wheresmybrakes said:
Makes you wonder who the employer is and who the employee is.

Thought it was common knowledge at this point that Valverde has a lot of say in what goes on at that team. It's well known that if you want to know what is going on there you ask either Mr Unzue or Valverde and listen to both what they say and what they do not say. It's also fairly well known at this point that as far as calendar goes Valverde gets his calendar done first and everyone else has theirs done after his.
 
I have heard two predictions now that Valverde will win the Tour. The first one from the legendary Greg LeMond, the second one from the legendary Claus Elming, a Danish NFL-fan who makes a podcast about... cycling. Thats enough for me. All this working for Landa and Quintana is a smokescreen.

I belieeeeeeeeeeeeeve
 
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Valv.Piti said:
I have heard two predictions now that Valverde will win the Tour. The first one from the legendary Greg LeMond, the second one from the legendary Claus Elming, a Danish NFL-fan who makes a podcast about... cycling. Thats enough for me. All this working for Landa and Quintana is a smokescreen.

I belieeeeeeeeeeeeeve
I wonder if he is allowed to join the early break tomorrow under the disguise of being a non-threatening stage hunter.

Could be the best thing ever if he got 6 minutes on the other GC riders. :lol:
 
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Velolover2 said:
Valv.Piti said:
I have heard two predictions now that Valverde will win the Tour. The first one from the legendary Greg LeMond, the second one from the legendary Claus Elming, a Danish NFL-fan who makes a podcast about... cycling. Thats enough for me. All this working for Landa and Quintana is a smokescreen.

I belieeeeeeeeeeeeeve
I wonder if he is allowed to join the early break tomorrow under the disguise of being a non-threatening stage hunter.

Could be the best thing ever if he got 6 minutes on the other GC riders. :lol:
Haha yeah, but thats very unlikely. Would be a dream scenario, but I dont think Ineos is stupid enoiugh to do that even though chances are Valverde wouldnt be able to hold on to that anyways.
Dont really know what his role is even gonna be this Tour. No clue about how he is approaching this race.
 
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Valv.Piti said:
I have heard two predictions now that Valverde will win the Tour. The first one from the legendary Greg LeMond, the second one from the legendary Claus Elming, a Danish NFL-fan who makes a podcast about... cycling. Thats enough for me. All this working for Landa and Quintana is a smokescreen.

I belieeeeeeeeeeeeeve
Elming's companions don't give much for that prediction, though xD

By the way, a better podcast than Souplesse, if you ask me. At least more entertaining, although their knowledge is limited as highlighted by the quiz where they never know the answers which I always do...

And not as much Valverde-bashing.
 
Sky wouldn't allow him in a break a couple years ago. Something about if he goes in the break and stays away he could win the whole thing.

Valv.Piti, they are forgetting to take into account all the high altitude of this year's Tour and we know how much he struggles in the high altitude. I'm hoping this is just training for la Vuelta again and he's putting together another shot at a Vuelta title.
 
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Velolover2 said:
Valv.Piti said:
I have heard two predictions now that Valverde will win the Tour. The first one from the legendary Greg LeMond, the second one from the legendary Claus Elming, a Danish NFL-fan who makes a podcast about... cycling. Thats enough for me. All this working for Landa and Quintana is a smokescreen.

I belieeeeeeeeeeeeeve
I wonder if he is allowed to join the early break tomorrow under the disguise of being a non-threatening stage hunter.

Could be the best thing ever if he got 6 minutes on the other GC riders. :lol:
No, I don't think big favorites would allow that. He's still way too dangerous for something like that.
 
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tobydawq said:
Valv.Piti said:
I have heard two predictions now that Valverde will win the Tour. The first one from the legendary Greg LeMond, the second one from the legendary Claus Elming, a Danish NFL-fan who makes a podcast about... cycling. Thats enough for me. All this working for Landa and Quintana is a smokescreen.

I belieeeeeeeeeeeeeve
Elming's companions don't give much for that prediction, though xD

By the way, a better podcast than Souplesse, if you ask me. At least more entertaining, although their knowledge is limited as highlighted by the quiz where they never know the answers which I always do...

And not as much Valverde-bashing.
You dont get it, its totally fine to bash Valverde because you-know-what, but at the same time absolutely love Contador for everything he does, all the panache he had.
I dont really like Kim Plesner much, I think Elming and Djurhus is good fun, so yeah, agree.
 

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