- Sep 19, 2009
Fourier said:I still think he gets overlooked as a TDF winner.
Greg Johnson said:I think you're right. I think to dismiss it as a by-product of circumstance is perhaps not entirely correct – after all he was the highest ranked rider to finish the race within the rules governing the race. However, I do think this is a burden that will forever be carried unfortunately.
Bottom line. he still won the Tour.ergmonkey said:I have to disagree, guys. Pereiro gets exactly the sort of treatment you'd expect for a classic anonymous Top-10 Tour finisher--which, at heart, is what he is. Another supremely talented and accomplished rider like Haimar Zubeldia who, nonetheless, has clearly never been as good as the sport's biggest stars. He has also never pretended to be as good as them, and I respect that.
Given his performances pre- and post-Tour 'victory,' it shouldn't come as a surprise that, for most fans, Pereiro just doesn't feel like a Tour winner. In some ways, it's even been unfortunate that he's had to ride under that tag since 2006. He's a great rider, and simply continuing his pre-2006 performances might have gotten a lot more respect if he hadn't fallen ***-backwards into the weirdest Tour victory in recent memory.
forty four said:flandis won the tour pereiro beat the ped tests. non the less he won under odd circumstances gaining much time under no pressure in 1 stage.
Not really. I'd say he gets about the same recognition in Spain. He's not seen on the same plane as other Spanish Tour winners.Elverde said:I think a lot of your lack of recognition is because Ocsar is Spanish.