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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You need racing KMs in your legs before the Tour and it's 100% impossible for riders to get that without leaving the country they live in.
The problem isn't related to the country one is racing. The problem is racing and mixing with people outside of the Tour bubble. Racing the Dauphine is controllable and good. Racing Strade Bianche, MSR and the Nationals is not; there will be too many non-Tour related people involved. If more races are needed, then add some warm-up races that involve only the World and same Pro Teams as the Tour.

No need to scrap the Tour, everyone just needs to be more creative in the lead-up. They (UCI, ASO and the teams) have more than 3 months to prepare, so it shouldn't be too difficult to get it right. But if they mess up the Tour, THEN the whole season will be lost.
 
The problem isn't related to the country one is racing. The problem is racing and mixing with people outside of the Tour bubble. Racing the Dauphine is controllable and good. Racing Strade Bianche, MSR and the Nationals is not; there will be too many non-Tour related people involved. If more races are needed, then add some warm-up races that involve only the World and same Pro Teams as the Tour.

No need to scrap the Tour, everyone just needs to be more creative in the lead-up. They (UCI, ASO and the teams) have more than 3 months to prepare, so it shouldn't be too difficult to get it right. But if they mess up the Tour, THEN the whole season will be lost.
You can't force Tour riders to go to the Duaphine if they have no interest or intent on racing it. You have riders who much prefer other races to warm up for the Tour than the Duaphine. Also even the Duaphine WILL have non Tour riders in it as teams are not going to be sending their full Tour teams to it and there will be non Tour teams at it as well.
Also different riders need and want different build ups. One size most definitely does NOT fit all and you cannot intentionally harm riders by forcing that one them.

The reality is it's nothing more than a prayer they even race the Tour in the first place. Technically it's best to look at it as the entire season IS lost now. Alejandro has already said he doesn't actually expect to race at all this year.
 
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Multiple riders and staff have said if the Tour doesn't happen that spells bad things for sponsors of teams. Hopefully that doesn't happen. The biggest thing for cycling is no money from spectators like other sports.
Edit: also not as much jersey sales etc for teams and GTs. It would be nice if cycling had a cosport to work with.
 
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Yup, it might not be the most entertaining but it's the most important financially by far. It's the only race that gets worldwide exposure outside of people like us. Valverde fans should know this. That's why he's made his appearance at the Tour the last couple of years despite being disinterested.

Also, this is the race most possible to get right. A successful (COVID-free) Tour likely means we get the Worlds. Positives at the Tour would be disastrous and later races would be forced to cancel. No chance the Worlds, Giro or Vuelta would start. MAYBE a few of the one-day races could continue. Otherwise, it would only be smaller races featuring Pro and Conti Teams in less effected areas outside of Europe.

As far as preferences to prepare for the Tour, no one is "forced" to ride anything. But the choice is to wait until 2022 or whenever everything is perfect or to adapt to the current situation and work around that.
 
Either riders prepare how they need to with racing before the Tour OR NO racing at all before the Tour which every single rider has said can't work. There is currently ZERO guarantee the Worlds are even currently going on. The Worlds organizers have said they'll make a decision on whether they even intend on trying to have the Worlds or not this year in early June. They have no made a decision on racing or cancelling yet.

Don't want to let riders prepare they way they NEED to, then cancel the entire season NOW. You put out a calendar with overlapping races you CANNOT require riders to ride anything specific or not race anything specific to get ready for any other race on the calendar.

Also 2019 the ONLY reason Alejandro raced the Tour is because he was injured and could NOT race the Giro. The Tour was only added to his calendar because he had to skip the Giro. Last year he used to the Tour to get ready for la Vuelta, and he's doing that again this year. IF races happen. Using the Tour to get ready for later races.

2022? So what you're cancelling the 2021 season? On what exactly grounds are you cancelling 2021? We'll have treatments before the 2021 season starts. The currently situation is if they can race anything at all they have put out a calendar and riders and teams get to CHOOSE who goes where and that means riders going to different races to get ready for the Tour.
 
Yep, and actually with a little luck, and without motobikes in front of Scarponi, he could've even won the whole thing. That was really a strange Giro.
Agreed. There were a few issues that cost him that Giro. I think strange is an understatement for that one. I'm fairly sure that is part of why he had wanted to go back, but circumstances and an injury have prevented that. At least he did get that one Giro and got the two things he was after in it. The stage win and the overall podium.
 
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