- Oct 30, 2011
Bavarianrider said:Wow seriously, you are turning everything your way, right Ignorinring other statement completly.
At age 19 Ullrich was among the very youngest in that race by the way.
so who are those guys who would have won the Tour instead of Ullrich?
And what have they done at age 19 to back this up.
Who were those guys who were so much superior to Ullrich?
What did they do at age 19? Where are the quotes about them predecting their furture Tour de France glory.
I am waiting.
This just isn't a valid line of argument.
Cyclists tend not to turn professional until their early-to-mid twenties. One would not expect many future Tour winners. Carlos Sastre, for example, was born in 1975, so was 19 in 1994. Google 'Carlos Sastre 1994' and you get absolutely nothing. So one should not expect wide-spread press attention for future Tour winners when they are 19.
Even if it was normal to have identified future winners then, the line from the journalist doesn't stack up. What does winning a one-day race in non-mountainous terrain have to do with being a future Tour winner? The journalist clearly doesn't understand the principle here. If we look at the winners of the Junior World Road Race, we see a grand total of 1 future Tour winner (the great Greg LeMond) and a big fat zero in the EPO era. Winning one-day races at 19 doesn't make you a future tour winner.