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

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Valverde should get a lot of respect for his stage 6 victory. Did most of the work on the final climb and still had the most left at the finish.

As far as the overall goes though, I don't see him winning. That will be his Vuelta peak, and having come off a full TDF it's hard to see him matching the best climbers in week 3. Good chance at top 5; slight chance at podium.
 
gregrowlerson said:
Valverde should get a lot of respect for his stage 6 victory. Did most of the work on the final climb and still had the most left at the finish.

As far as the overall goes though, I don't see him winning. That will be his Vuelta peak, and having come off a full TDF it's hard to see him matching the best climbers in week 3. Good chance at top 5; slight chance at podium.

It was a tremendous win. Valverde I thought would be tired from the Tour but he is riding really well.
 
ILovecycling said:
yes,that was just brutal!!!!:eek:
tour
1.Nibali
2.Peraud
3.Pinot

vuelta (est)
1.Contador
2.Quintana
3.Froome

Yes and Contador/Quintana/Froome are definitely at the level they would have been in the tour/were in the Giro.

It seems to me one of the strengths of Valverde is that he can be at a very high level a lot of the time. However he doesn't have that extreme peak some other riders have.

So in races like the Vuelta (and smaller tour races) the competition is either of a slightly lower level or it consists of great riders not at their best (see Cobo beating Wiggins/Froome/Menchov and Horner beating Nibali). Because Valverde can be a lot closer to his best he performs much better here than in the TDF, where everyone is at their best.
 
Just want to state a bit late how impressed I was with Valverde on stage 7, although he only paced for 1.5km's or so, he rode for Nairo and won the stage, against very tough opposition (on a finish that suited him of course) and showed himself to still be a GC threat at this race.
 
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Great ride from him today,i think he's got a big chance to win this.He looked better than Contador or Purito,hope he doesn't fade in the end.
 
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MBotero said:
Great ride from him today,i think he's got a big chance to win this.He looked better than Contador or Purito,hope he doesn't fade in the end.

that is about right, Tour near podium wins the Vuelta. AV has amazing form all year around, this time TP was no where to be seen.
 
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LaFlorecita said:
He's going to win the race but it'll be one of the ****tiest victories of the last decade. Good for him, I guess. He doesn't deserve any better.

You always put yourself (or AC) in the underdog-position. Piti is no way going to beat Contador. Come on. Keep faith.
 
LaFlorecita said:
He's going to win the race but it'll be one of the ****tiest victories of the last decade. Good for him, I guess. He doesn't deserve any better.

What are you talking about :confused: It's the only way he can win it. He doesn't stand a chance if he is to attack, say, like Contador. You have to understand that different riders have to use what's available to them and do the best they can with it. This applies in one's everyday life too. The merit is subjective to one's capacities. This kind of' 'reasoning' of yours makes no sence at all. At all. And why do you have to come in here and write '**** him' anyway?
 
Arredondo said:
You always put yourself (or AC) in the underdog-position. Piti is no way going to beat Contador. Come on. Keep faith.

3 uphill finishes, 3x 10-6-4 bonus seconds, several intermediate sprint points with extra seconds up for grabs, Alberto who's riding like an idiot, tiring himself out with useless attacks, and just a 31s gap.
 
BigMac said:
What are you talking about :confused: It's the only way he can win it. He doesn't stand a chance if he is to attack, say, like Contador. You have to understand that different riders have to use what's available to them and do the best they can with it. This applies in one's everyday life too. The merit is subjective to one's capacities. This kind of' 'reasoning' of yours makes no sence at all. At all. And why do you have to come in here and write '**** him' anyway?

Yeah, all fine and dandy, but that doesn't make him any less of a coward and wheelsucker.
 
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3 uphill finishes, 3x 10-6-4 bonus seconds, several intermediate sprint points with extra seconds up for grabs, Alberto who's riding like an idiot, tiring himself out with useless attacks, and just a 31s gap.

Then he just has to follow Valverde, lose in total 30 seconds due to sprints and boni's, and decide the Vuelta in the TT.

I don't see any problems. I can't see Valverde really drop Contador.