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Official Thread: Le Tour de l'Ain - La route du Progrès 2009

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my mistake

sorry for reporting incorrect rankings ... relied on incomplete reporting ...


But Chris does take the points jersey.

& some much for Vino helping out Astana ... NOT
 
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So Damien Monier's just shown he's undergone the same transformation as Wiggins.

Of course, his power being lower, as shown by his TTs being worse than Wiggins', his climbing is not as good....but it's just as big a transformation....

Where are the doubters that were so quick to scoff Wiggins?
 
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With his team crumbling, Chris Horner put in a solid statement for a good contract next year. And after being outshined by the other french teams in the big tour, Cofidis put down some results.

Thanks Bala for bringing to the fore this intriging "minor' race.
 
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benpounder said:
With his team crumbling, Chris Horner put in a solid statement for a good contract next year. And after being outshined by the other french teams in the big tour, Cofidis put down some results.

Thanks Bala for bringing to the fore this intriging "minor' race.

who were the other riders on the Astana team for this race ? You could argue if he wasn't good enough to win on his own he didn't deserve the win
 
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issoisso said:
So Damien Monier's just shown he's undergone the same transformation as Wiggins.

Of course, his power being lower, as shown by his TTs being worse than Wiggins', his climbing is not as good....but it's just as big a transformation....

Where are the doubters that were so quick to scoff Wiggins?
Here I am. If it makes you feel better, I will doubt this guy, too.
 
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sherer said:
who were the other riders on the Astana team for this race ? You could argue if he wasn't good enough to win on his own he didn't deserve the win

51 HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ Jesus Spain
52 HORNER Christopher United States
53 MORABITO Steve Switzerland
54 NAVARRO GARCIA Daniel Spain
55 RUBIERA VIGIL José Luis Spain
56 DMITRIYEV Valeriy Kazahkstan
 
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sherer said:
who were the other riders on the Astana team for this race ? You could argue if he wasn't good enough to win on his own he didn't deserve the win
I suppose one could make that argument. It is not the case I am making.

IMO, The strongest team Astana could have put into the Tour would have included Chris Horner. I'm suggesting that Horner was out to prove this very point. That he did not win the race may be important to fickle fans, but that he was second will not be lost on the good DS's.
 
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I haven't seen the race, so I don't really know what happened. It was a mountain top finish, long (15-16k?) and quite steep, so in the end it was a man to man endeavour. Apparently the estonian showed himself to be the strongest uphill. I don't think you can blame the team for that, nor Horner.
 
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benpounder said:
I suppose one could make that argument. It is not the case I am making.

IMO, The strongest team Astana could have put into the Tour would have included Chris Horner. I'm suggesting that Horner was out to prove this very point. That he did not win the race may be important to fickle fans, but that he was second will not be lost on the good DS's.

lol no horner at the tour, didn't really matter, astana were still the best team at the tour and still got 2 men on the podium.
 
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Timmy-loves-Rabo said:
lol no horner at the tour, didn't really matter, astana were still the best team at the tour and still got 2 men on the podium.
Missing my point. Think of it from Horner's POV, not Astana's.
 
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Missing my point. Think of it from Horner's POV, not Astana's.

i was refererring to "IMO, The strongest team Astana could have put into the Tour would have included Chris Horner." Wheater the team would have been any stronger doesn't really matter, they were strong enough.

and in terms of horner, well it is the same for any rider who missed the tour (with expectations). obviously they are gonna be a bit dissapointed. take weening for example, miss out on rabo selection. won a stage and placed high at tour of austria... obviously will be dissapointed. that is cycling.