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Post AC - who to cheer for?

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Now that Contador has retired, in which rider should I emoti

  • Landa - strong climber, hints of panache, AC-approved, team leader next year

    Votes: 26 25.7%
  • Quintana - surely he'll return to form and beat Froome via attacks in style, right?

    Votes: 5 5.0%
  • Chavito

    Votes: 9 8.9%
  • Superman Lopez

    Votes: 14 13.9%
  • Zakarin

    Votes: 4 4.0%
  • Dumoulin - took a dump and won the Giro but a bit like Froome 2.0

    Votes: 14 13.9%
  • Bardet - openly admitted he's not willing to put in the work to excel at the TT - not exactly the at

    Votes: 4 4.0%
  • Nibali - a bit like becoming a Contador fane in April 2015

    Votes: 11 10.9%
  • Mas - play the long game

    Votes: 11 10.9%
  • Aru - that pain face though

    Votes: 3 3.0%

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King Of The Wolds said:
Pennino said:
HelloDolly said:
I dont think Landa is a champion...there I said it ...I think he ia a great climber but no champion and not one who will put it on the line ...no way

Zakarin I like better as he kinda throws himself into things ...quite literally

But when it comes to personality and presence and grit...it has to be Dumoulin ....he has it all going on..he is a champion

None of the young Spanish are near yet so hard to say

Chaves is a lovely guy and great on the short steep stuff but TT and longer MTNs are not great

Yates boys for me have a plateau of top 5...

Quintana has hardly set the World on fire but Lopez looks ot have more panache...but time will tell

I like Bardet & Pinot ....both try and attack ....Of the 2 Pinot is the more rounded and attractive (as a rider)plus he overcame that descending issue which took balls

Aru...pain face is impossible to watch and keep food down...plus he seems to fade badly in 3 weeks races ...not sure what that is about...plus heard pros dont like him and some think he is dodgy

Nibali is the man....great all round rider but maybe we have seen the best of him ...but definitely a champion worth shouting for

Landa is definitely not a champion. A real champ doesn't miss in two (!) GT's the opportunity to take the top step instead of staying with his vulnerable leader.

What, like Chris Froome?

Is Froome a real champ, apart from his results? Always nervous talking on the radio, always riding exactly according to plan. He is the leader because of his exceptional physical characteristics, but he is (almost) never fighting a real race. He takes the lead at some point and then defends, behind his awfully powerful team.

Otherwise he is just the exception that confirms the rule.
 
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Jspear said:
Durden93 said:
Anyone but Froome.

This is where I'm at right now. I do like other riders. Chaves, Aru, Pinot, and others. But....I'm not gonna just expect someone to take the place of AC. I'm not gonna force it. I didn't have to try and like AC. I just fell in love with him and the way he raced. I'll just wait for it to happen organically. (that sounds dumb :D )

It's not dumb at all, one day the one that ignites you shows up. We just have to wait until he does; watch the races, ride the bike. Sooner or later The One will show up. I waited from Pantani in mid 2001, just enjoying racing and rooting for whoever pre race, until I saw this young kid named Alberto Contador ride in 2006 and I was smitten. Then in 2010 I saw the young Nibali and I had a number 2.

Riders like Contador don't come around often, accept it and just be patient. It can't be forced; it happens when you see someone that leaves you with your jaw dropping and your heart pounding. That is organically :).
 
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DNP-Old said:
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I went with Mas, but there are a few up and comers with potential, like he and Bol.
Bol as in.... Jetse Bol?

Yep, and yes, I know he's 28, but I think he'll slot in well as an exciting rider for future classics more so than GTs, but who knows.
 
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RedheadDane said:
All of them. Why limit yourself to only cheer for one (or a few) guy(s)? Some completely unknown guy might do something that'll make you jump around, shouting at the screen.

this, all in their own way,
although I think Dumoulin, at this years Giro makes me think he'll be most impressive of all, if he wasn't already this year. Especially because of his charisma. On the bike and off the bike. He's special.
 
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Pennino said:
King Of The Wolds said:
Pennino said:
HelloDolly said:
I dont think Landa is a champion...there I said it ...I think he ia a great climber but no champion and not one who will put it on the line ...no way

Zakarin I like better as he kinda throws himself into things ...quite literally

But when it comes to personality and presence and grit...it has to be Dumoulin ....he has it all going on..he is a champion

None of the young Spanish are near yet so hard to say

Chaves is a lovely guy and great on the short steep stuff but TT and longer MTNs are not great

Yates boys for me have a plateau of top 5...

Quintana has hardly set the World on fire but Lopez looks ot have more panache...but time will tell

I like Bardet & Pinot ....both try and attack ....Of the 2 Pinot is the more rounded and attractive (as a rider)plus he overcame that descending issue which took balls

Aru...pain face is impossible to watch and keep food down...plus he seems to fade badly in 3 weeks races ...not sure what that is about...plus heard pros dont like him and some think he is dodgy

Nibali is the man....great all round rider but maybe we have seen the best of him ...but definitely a champion worth shouting for

Landa is definitely not a champion. A real champ doesn't miss in two (!) GT's the opportunity to take the top step instead of staying with his vulnerable leader.

What, like Chris Froome?

Is Froome a real champ, apart from his results? Always nervous talking on the radio, always riding exactly according to plan. He is the leader because of his exceptional physical characteristics, but he is (almost) never fighting a real race. He takes the lead at some point and then defends, behind his awfully powerful team.

Otherwise he is just the exception that confirms the rule.


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railxmig said:
Pantani_lives said:
Valv.Piti said:
I obviously also have to throw Marc Soler in the mix, lets see if my hype pays off, but I genuinely think he will be a big thing.
I expected more of him in the Vuelta, a stage win or a top 10. But he will only turn 24 in November and he was in several breakaways, so he has potential.
I find 24 quite old this day&age. Many youngsters were these years in several breakaways, so i guess they also have potential. But then, AC himself did a kaboom at 25, so he still has a year to catch up big time. Miguel Lopez is a year younger and this Vuelta he showed much more, than just several breakaways. For now, when it comes to Spaniards, Enric Mas seems to have a bit more to offer, while being 2 years younger. Also, what happened to Ruben Fernandez, as he was a big deal like a year to two years ago, and now i don't hear much about him? Maybe a crash, and i just missed it.
Berto exploded at 24
I think Berto showed more climbing talent before his breakthrough than Soler so far, but of course Soler could still turn out to be a star.
 
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Durden93 said:
Anyone but Froome.

How can you not love this face:

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Pennino said:
There is an advantage though. We can spend more time on our bikes instead of watching hours of useless television, listening to clueless commentators, wasting heaps of precious time, waiting for those last 3km warriors to maybe (!) pull off something only in the very end of the stage (or classic, once Phil the Great retires). Just go up the road yourselves, imagine you're training or racing like Alberto.

Vamos grandes contadoristas!
This. Mas (AC connection) & Dumoulin (true grit)
 
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kingjr said:
I cheered for Contador between 2010 and 2013, am I allowed to vote?

Anyway, it's between Chaves and Zakarin for me, but I gave it to Zakarin, seeing how he only had two.

I followed on from that. I was pretty neutral for Contador for many years, being such a big Kloden fanboy. Fuente De made me sit up and take a little more notice, and then I liked him a little more still after he struggled in the 2013 Tour (I am attracted to the underdog....rather than the dawg :D ). Klodi retired and so there was a hole in my cycling fanboy heart, available to be filled again.

T-A in 2014 helped, but I think it was really the disappointment of the 2014 Tour, followed by the miraculous recovery to win that Vuelta, that made me a full blown Alberto fan.

And if he didn't have me then, then he certainly had me after 2016 and 2017 Paris-Nice! :)
 
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gregrowlerson said:
kingjr said:
I cheered for Contador between 2010 and 2013, am I allowed to vote?

Anyway, it's between Chaves and Zakarin for me, but I gave it to Zakarin, seeing how he only had two.

I followed on from that. I was pretty neutral for Contador for many years, being such a big Kloden fanboy. Fuente De made me sit up and take a little more notice, and then I liked him a little more still after he struggled in the 2013 Tour (I am attracted to the underdog....rather than the dawg :D ). Klodi retired and so there was a hole in my cycling fanboy heart, available to be filled again.

T-A in 2014 helped, but I think it was really the disappointment of the 2014 Tour, followed by the miraculous recovery to win that Vuelta, that made me a full blown Alberto fan.

And if he didn't have me then, then he certainly had me after 2016 and 2017 Paris-Nice! :)

Very scary.... after Ulle also I've been full gas Klödi fanboy, although always appreciated Berto. And seeing him crashing out of that 2014 Tour made me absolutely desperate.