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

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SevenTimeTdfChamp said:
That was really samrt raceing. sending riders up the road forceing the others to chase. Also he looks to be in pretty good shape for the giro. Think he is gonna win
FW is one thing, the Giro is another. Age forgives no-one unless your name is Chris Horner.
 
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ice&fire said:
CheckMyPecs said:
SevenTimeTdfChamp said:
That was really samrt raceing. sending riders up the road forceing the others to chase. Also he looks to be in pretty good shape for the giro. Think he is gonna win
FW is one thing, the Giro is another. Age forgives no-one unless your name is Chris Horner.
Valverde is still 35 years young
He'll be 36 on Monday, and the oldest rider to have EVER won the Giro was 34.
 
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CheckMyPecs said:
SevenTimeTdfChamp said:
That was really samrt raceing. sending riders up the road forceing the others to chase. Also he looks to be in pretty good shape for the giro. Think he is gonna win
FW is one thing, the Giro is another. Age forgives no-one unless your name is Chris Horner.
Well he finished 3rd in TDF last year in front of Nibali, who is probably gonna be the main contendor along with landa. This year Valverde seems to ride as strong as ever plus he is by far the smartest of all of them so i dont see why not. Also strong team
 
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Valverde is no ordinary rider.
Last years Tour and this season indicate that he's at his very best right now.

Giro is his biggest goal next to Rio, so he should go even stronger in may.
 
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Rollthedice said:
SeriousSam said:
4 victories:
Alejandro Valverde (SPA) 2006, 2014, 2015, 2016

3 victories:
Marcel Kint (BEL) 1943, 1944, 1945
Eddy Merckx (BEL) 1967, 1970, 1972
Moreno Argentin (ITA) 1990, 1991, 1994
Davide Rebellin (ITA) 2004, 2007, 2009
Ten years after his first win.
Already a legend. Should we restart the debate about the best Ardennes rider ever?
 
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Red Rick said:
Btw, must be kicking himself now for not riding and winning AGR Sunday. No way he doesn't win that imo
Needed race days, he only did T-A and the mountain stage was cancelled. Castilla is way better for preparing for F-W and L-B-L. Also no reason to take part in a risky race as AGR IMO, altho it would look good on his palmares.
 
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Red Rick said:
Valverde's problem with the Giro is not his age, or his form.

It's weather, and the possibility that Landa and/or Nibali in the high mountains
Valv looked better at FW than Nibali at Trentino (or Landa too, for that matter). If there has ever been a Giro route suited to Valverde, this edition looks to be it.
 
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Billie said:
"Best rider of our generation" - Tom Boonen

Contador for me but I can argue with Boonen beeing it. All the rest its not even close and to the point its totally *** to even debate it so far behind are they!
 
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Nirvana said:
IMHO there are only two stages in the Giro that could create some problems for him, Risoul and the day after, but before there are plenty of occasions to gain time with hilly and medium mountain stages.
He did ok in the Lombarda-Bonette stage in the 2008 Tour when he was a baby. His GC failures in the Tour do not follow a consistent pattern: 2007 was the mid-race ITT, 2008 an early mountain stage, 2013 the echelons, 2014 he faded in the last MTF and ITT.
 
I can't wait to watch Valv. win L-B-L this weekend.

Both Cyclingnews and VeloNews doing everything possible to work backhanded compliments into their coverage of Valverde's awesomeness, and present sour grapes generally. I love it. Suck it, haters!
 
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ice&fire said:
Nirvana said:
IMHO there are only two stages in the Giro that could create some problems for him, Risoul and the day after, but before there are plenty of occasions to gain time with hilly and medium mountain stages.
He did ok in the Lombarda-Bonette stage in the 2008 Tour when he was a baby. His GC failures in the Tour do not follow a consistent pattern: 2007 was the mid-race ITT, 2008 an early mountain stage, 2013 the echelons, 2014 he faded in the last MTF and ITT.
Wait what? He was 28.
 
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LaFlorecita said:
ice&fire said:
Nirvana said:
IMHO there are only two stages in the Giro that could create some problems for him, Risoul and the day after, but before there are plenty of occasions to gain time with hilly and medium mountain stages.
He did ok in the Lombarda-Bonette stage in the 2008 Tour when he was a baby. His GC failures in the Tour do not follow a consistent pattern: 2007 was the mid-race ITT, 2008 an early mountain stage, 2013 the echelons, 2014 he faded in the last MTF and ITT.
Wait what? He was 28.
You need one of these ;)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSy5mEcmgwU
 
The weather got the better of Valverde today considering he was in good shape.A Giro with bad weather will seriously diminish his chances to get a decent result.I still find strange his decision to ride it.
 
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Arredondo said:
Like i said, he can't handle bad weather.
Valverde will be in for a tough Giro with this shitty European weather, hopefully it gets better. At least the weather was nice in Trentino. He is turning into a shell of himself under these conditions..... The Tour 2013, 2014 and 2015 probably being the best examples.
 

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