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

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Another impressive attempt not to go for the GC. Finishing first among riders that didn´t belong to the initial 12 men group. Even catching Kelderman. 10th place but more than 9 minutes behind. Can he pull a Guillaume Martin and sneak away on one of the mountain stages?
 
Yes, he seemed to be quite strong actually, overtaking and distancing Arensman, Martin etc. who at some point where at least 1 minute in front of him.
Stronger than the guys behind him yeah, but not as strong as the guys in front of him.

Front group probably did much higher W/kg in the wheel than Valverde did on his own. W/kg estimates for Superga had drafting only save like 0.12W/kg
 
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Stronger than the guys behind him yeah, but not as strong as the guys in front of him.

Front group probably did much higher W/kg in the wheel than Valverde did on his own. W/kg estimates for Superga had drafting only save like 0.12W/kg
But Valverde basically rode on his own for the last 60 kms. If you cannot save energy on the flat sitting in the wheels, it's clear that you will not push the same W/kg on the climbs as those who can.
 
Sorry, but this is really lame. Name one person ever in the position Valverde was in yesterday who managed to not lose chunks of time.
Contador on Mortirolo.

But it's 8 minutes, and he was climbing with guys like Lucas Hamilton adn Guillaume Martin. If he 1 minute back and loses 3'30 or something, then maybe. It was mostly 1 or 2 domestiques pacing at a time at the max anyway.
The only argument that's legit is maybe Valverde stopped trying 100%.
 

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