Julian Alaphilippe

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How Alien is Julian Alaphilippe?

  • Contador/Nibali (almost plausible)

    Votes: 45 34.9%
  • Geraint Thomas (pushing it)

    Votes: 35 27.1%
  • Armstrong/Froome (over the top)

    Votes: 18 14.0%
  • Chris Horner (glows in the dark)

    Votes: 24 18.6%
  • Vino

    Votes: 7 5.4%

  • Total voters
    129
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Guybrush said:
Uphill bunch sprint - check
Murito uphill sprint - check
35 minute itt - check
Mountain goat - check
Winning M-SR against likes of Sagan in a flat sprint from the first position 4 months ago - check
 
Alaphilippe could win every mountain stage left and he would still be the most credible winner of the last decade.

Saying things like 'it can't get any more obvious' is ludicrous when you think back to things like Froome in 2013 or even Thomas last year.
 
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DFA123 said:
Alaphilippe could win every mountain stage left and he would still be the most credible winner of the last decade.

Saying things like 'it can't get any more obvious' is ludicrous when you think back to things like Froome in 2013 or even Thomas last year.
So you think Alaphillippe is more credible than Nibali, Schleck and Evan's?
 
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Hayabusa said:
DFA123 said:
Alaphilippe could win every mountain stage left and he would still be the most credible winner of the last decade.

Saying things like 'it can't get any more obvious' is ludicrous when you think back to things like Froome in 2013 or even Thomas last year.
So you think Alaphillippe is more credible than Nibali, Schleck and Evan's?
He did win the 4th GT. :twisted:
 
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DFA123 said:
Alaphilippe could win every mountain stage left and he would still be the most credible winner of the last decade.

Saying things like 'it can't get any more obvious' is ludicrous when you think back to things like Froome in 2013 or even Thomas last year.
:lol:

You are in full denial
 
I'm going to phrase it this way:
FOR NOW - Alaphilippe is pulling a Voeckler despite what took place today in the Tourmalet ......because apart from his outrighteous ITT win, He's done what is within his capabilities - YET
IF he manages to keep yellow in the 1st stage in the Alps next week, in the same fashion he did today- THEN I must say he's got a good program going on aside from the "normal doping" practices in Pro Cycling
 
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F_Cance said:
Dekker_Tifosi said:
wtf.. i guess he can win sprints, time trials and pure mt stages and contend for gc in the biggest gt of the year now.
should this be possible?
Not really but look how much British Cycling improved under a British UCI president and we have a similar pattern happening now with French president Lappartient. The most powerful man in cycling can play all the games he wants to. Pat McQuaid and Hein Verbruggen before them are living proof.
 
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hfer07 said:
I'm going to phrase it this way:
FOR NOW - Alaphilippe is pulling a Voeckler despite what took place today in the Tourmalet ......because apart from his outrighteous ITT win, He's done what is within his capabilities - YET
IF he manages to keep yellow in the 1st stage in the Alps next week, in the same fashion he did today- THEN I must say he's got a good program going on aside from the "normal doping" practices in Pro Cycling
Within his capabilities??

On a HC climb, with only a few exceptions everyone of the best climbers and GC specialists in the world were being shelled out of the back. JA was riding along making it look easy until the last few k when someone had a word in his ear to tell him to start pulling a few faces to make it look at least like he was suffering....all of this the day after he pulled off the TT of his life...

Since when was that within his capabilities :confused:
 
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Red Rick said:
Remember when people thought he could win Tirreno but those 2km hills were too long for him?
At freakin LBL this year he couldn't keep up with Jakob Fuglsang on RaF because that climb was too long for a pure puncheur. That was like 3 months ago. Now he outclimbs Fuglsang on a 20 kilometer climb.
 
ClassicomanoLuigi said:
From the Pau ITT - there are speeds in km/hour (vertical axis) for 165 finishers
  • The right side of the graph below 41 km/hr tapers off - mostly people who are soft-pedaling and not trying
    In the middle all the way up to the left edge is a mostly-smooth curve resembling some sort of power-function
    Then two guys, Geraint Thomas and Julian Alaphilippe, who don't quite fit that curve. 'Gapping' everyone close
Anomaly? Fluke statistical outliers? Natural extension of a power curve, which only conspiracists would question ?

Let the 'Jalien Alienphilippe' speculation begin, throw some fuel on the fire, y'all
:p
In fairness I think power curves of TT's usually look like this. It's quite common for one or two riders to completely smash everyone elses times.
 
I genuinely didn't find his TT that suspicious. It was very good but the field was really weak and he pulled of pretty incredible TT's before. I'd argue yesterdays performance wasn't much more impressive than this from Paris Nice a couple years back.(Contador was always extremely good at uphill time trials and he beat him by 19 seconds)

However I absolutely agree this climbing performance is very hard to believe. I mean I guess the way the climb was raced benefited him a lot but still this is just so much better than anything else he has ever shown on a comparable climb. I don't know it just seems too good.
 

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