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

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Netserk said:
1) No he hasn't

2) Has he won the same number of GTs as SK just better ones and won more monuments than SK? No he hasn't.
I just think you have to be careful comparing riders based solely on wins in monuments and GTs; while placing much less importance on all other races (including classics!) and not considering other variables.

There are loads more factors involved: the quality of the field at each race, the ability to win races (albeit smaller ones) on a different kind of terrain, the strength of the team etc... all of which can make one rider's win more impressive than that of another rider.

The thing about Valverde is that he has been on the podium in GTs and WC and has been winning major one day races for over 10 years. To have such longevity and consistency rules out that it was down to weak opposition, luck or just dominating one particular race. Obviously he should have won more, but tactics right at the end of the race is probably his only significant weakness as a rider - the problem for Valverde is it's a lot more visible than a rider who is weak during the rest of the race and rarely makes it into the final selection.
 
Netserk said:
Cunego has a better GT and more monument wins than Valverde. 'Nuff said.
Seems a waste to totally disregard the 3 weeks of suffering involved in all of those podium placements in the Vuelta and attempts to contend at the Tour, 1 week in big stage races and the single day events he suffered through making the podiums. Not to mention the training time it took to build the form to reach those podiums all because he didn't actually win. I would think that he's proud of the efforts he put in at every one of those events, as is most every rider. A rider's palmares is not just his victories. IMO of course.
 
Netserk said:
Why should a rider of Valverde's status be proud of losses? :eek:

Obviously palmarès only consists of wins.
Have you ever competed? You put in your best effort and someone ends up stronger than you that day or over the course of that event. You can still be proud of your effort and your team's. Palmares consists of gold, silver and bronze medals, jerseys won over the course of a stage race, podiums and wins.
 
Palmares includes good losses only if you are distinguishing between minor riders. At the top end - which is clearly where Valverde belongs - only wins matter. Valverde is too high up the ladder for third places to move him significantly. That's not an anti-Valverde attitude. It's an attitude that assumes he belongs with the top tier.

Meaningful results aren't just the "big nine" races (3GTs, 5 monuments, WC). Down the scale they also include, although with a lesser weight, the big non monument classics, the biggest one week races and GT stages. This year Valverde has out of all of those races Flèche and, if you are feeling generous, a second win in San Sebastián. Other wins are important for riders that aren't multiple winners of big races. They are a big deal for a Sonny Colbrelli or a Sam Bennett. They aren't important for a guy who has won the Vuelta and LBL twice.
 
Angliru said:
Seems a waste to totally disregard the 3 weeks of suffering involved in all of those podium placements in the Vuelta and attempts to contend at the Tour, 1 week in big stage races and the single day events he suffered through making the podiums. Not to mention the training time it took to build the form to reach those podiums all because he didn't actually win. I would think that he's proud of the efforts he put in at every one of those events, as is most every rider. A rider's palmares is not just his victories. IMO of course.
You're wasting your time. Netserk thinks only overall wins in 9 races are important.
Zinoviev Letter said:
Palmares includes good losses only if you are distinguishing between minor riders. At the top end - which is clearly where Valverde belongs - only wins matter. Valverde is too high up the ladder for third places to move him significantly. That's not an anti-Valverde attitude. It's an attitude that assumes he belongs with the top tier.

Meaningful results aren't just the "big nine" races (3GTs, 5 monuments, WC). Down the scale they also include, although with a lesser weight, the big non monument classics, the biggest one week races and GT stages. This year Valverde has out of all of those races Flèche and, if you are feeling generous, a second win in San Sebastián. Other wins are important for riders that aren't multiple winners of big races. They are a big deal for a Sonny Colbrelli or a Sam Bennett. They aren't important for a guy who has won the Vuelta and LBL twice.
Interesting points, I just don't agree with some of them. I tend to agree with you on the races that are important, but I place a lot more value on 2nd at the Tour, Worlds, Paris-Roubaix, etc...than you do.
 
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Interesting article on velochrono (maybe a bit OT) where they did a fictitious ranking of the World Cup that disappeared after 2004 for the UCI ProTour and that used to include 9 1-day races (but with some changes, they replaced the GP Zurich with the Flèche Wallonne). Valverde would be comfortably ahead of Kristoff and Cancellara, with Gerrans just out of the podium, just to show again the consistency of Valverde throughout the year, just for the big 1-day races.
I really miss pro cycling before the ProTour / World Tour era :(

http://www.velochrono.fr/actu/2014/coupe-du-monde-le-double-pour-valverde/
 
nobilis said:
Interesting article on velochrono (maybe a bit OT) where they did a fictitious ranking of the World Cup that disappeared after 2004 for the UCI ProTour and that used to include 9 1-day races (but with some changes, they replaced the GP Zurich with the Flèche Wallonne). Valverde would be comfortably ahead of Kristoff and Cancellara, with Gerrans just out of the podium, just to show again the consistency of Valverde throughout the year, just for the big 1-day races.
I really miss pro cycling before the ProTour / World Tour era :(

http://www.velochrono.fr/actu/2014/coupe-du-monde-le-double-pour-valverde/

Thanks for this.
Love it or hate it, the old World Cup jersey carried far more credibility than any tried on since.
Valverde walks away with it.
 
nobilis said:
Interesting article on velochrono (maybe a bit OT) where they did a fictitious ranking of the World Cup that disappeared after 2004 for the UCI ProTour and that used to include 9 1-day races (but with some changes, they replaced the GP Zurich with the Flèche Wallonne). Valverde would be comfortably ahead of Kristoff and Cancellara, with Gerrans just out of the podium, just to show again the consistency of Valverde throughout the year, just for the big 1-day races.
I really miss pro cycling before the ProTour / World Tour era :(

http://www.velochrono.fr/actu/2014/coupe-du-monde-le-double-pour-valverde/
Why did they cancel the World Cup anyway? It could still be done with the WT/PT right? I used to love it when I was a kid and I was so happy when my favourite rider (Maarten den Bakker) scored a few points for the World Cup.
 
Mellow Velo said:
Thanks for this.
Love it or hate it, the old World Cup jersey carried far more credibility than any tried on since.
Valverde walks away with it.
It carried exactly 0 credibility. No Fleche, no GW, 2 real classics not included, instead "local semi classics" like AGR and San Sebastian? Not even to speak of Brighton etc.
 
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DFA123 said:
Yes, Cunego is another good all-rounder; I agree that he is very much under-rated, probably because he has had years where he has been off the radar. I guess you could throw Vino in there as well (GT, 2xLBL* and an Olympics is pretty handy).

All of those guys though seemed to get their results during a 4 year spell. Valverde has been strongly competitive in pretty much every race he has targeted for over 10 years (albeit with a 2 year break!).
But back in 2004, the Giro was no more then a Italian party with some good, but rather poor GC contenders (Cioni, Popovych, Valjavec etc.).
 
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Arredondo said:
But back in 2004, the Giro was no more then a Italian party with some good, but rather poor GC contenders (Cioni, Popovych, Valjavec etc.).
Well, the 2009 Vuelta field also wasn't that great, only Valverde and Sammy had that race as a their main goal and peaked only for the Vuelta and 2009 Evans wasn't that great.
 
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Mayomaniac said:
Well, the 2009 Vuelta field also wasn't that great, only Valverde and Sammy had that race as a their main goal and peaked only for the Vuelta and 2009 Evans wasn't that great.

But still a 2009 Evans is better then Cioni and Valjavec.
 
Zinoviev Letter said:
Palmares includes good losses only if you are distinguishing between minor riders. At the top end - which is clearly where Valverde belongs - only wins matter. Valverde is too high up the ladder for third places to move him significantly. That's not an anti-Valverde attitude. It's an attitude that assumes he belongs with the top tier.

Meaningful results aren't just the "big nine" races (3GTs, 5 monuments, WC). Down the scale they also include, although with a lesser weight, the big non monument classics, the biggest one week races and GT stages. This year Valverde has out of all of those races Flèche and, if you are feeling generous, a second win in San Sebastián. Other wins are important for riders that aren't multiple winners of big races. They are a big deal for a Sonny Colbrelli or a Sam Bennett. They aren't important for a guy who has won the Vuelta and LBL twice.
Might be, but 6 podiums in the WCRR is actually a sick achievement, and he's also won the WT 3 times
 
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It seemed to me that Valverde really enjoyed this year's racing. Having fun in addition to results is what makes your season even better.
 
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G-W is still a classic that 90% of the peloton would love to be able to win. Has anyone asked Degenkolb what his biggest win was this year? Or of his career?
 
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El Pistolero said:
G-W is still a classic that 90% of the peloton would love to be able to win. Has anyone asked Degenkolb what his biggest win was this year? Or of his career?
lol even Cav has won G-W, it is well easy race. Even Cippolini has wonit ill say no more.
 
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TANK91 said:
lol even Cav has won G-W, it is well easy race. Even Cippolini has wonit ill say no more.
Cippo won in 2002 thanks to incredible racing. He closed the gap to the leaders in no time and on his own. He showed what for a great bike rider he was in that particular race.

I don't care about GW, but i guess that's just me. I think the cobbles classic are nice because of the racing, not because of the general level there.

I would love to win 1 FW or Amstel instead of 2 GW's.
 

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