Riders You Hate

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Jun 13, 2009
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Alpe d'Huez said:
I like Marmot's answer. :)


They got caught doping?
That's only a part of it. Its more that they got caught and made such terrible excuses. Excuses that were an insult to the average persons intelligence. Stuff like 'I took the blood out, but didn't put any back in ...... yet' or 'My injuries caused a false positive', 'I've came back positive because I have a genetic clone' or w/e lame excuse that Hamilton tried.
My favorites though (and hence most disliked, like others have said, I don't hate these guys, how can I? I've never even met them) are Valverde and Kash. These guys are so shameless that they don't even try to claim that they are innocent. Rather they say they can't be punished because the means by which they were caught infringed their civil liberties. And yes, I realise that legally Valverde probably has a point when he says this. But that doesn't mean I have to like it or him!

Given my reasoning, I could easily add guys like schumacher, LA etc. But those were the names that came to mind first.
 
Mar 19, 2009
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grumpy mongrel said:
Hate, as someone said is a strong word, I dont think I hate anyone, (even the guy who tried to sent me up as a child molester)
Ah... dont you hate it when that happens?
 
Apr 12, 2009
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I like to think that sports is where we reward people for personality traits we wouldn't approve of in other contexts. I would never want Hinault or Armstrong for a roomate, but out in the jungle of cycling they were majestic like bull elephants.
 
Mar 10, 2009
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franciep10 said:
Let's officially change the thread to dislike, so it's riders you dislike okay.
How about riders you enjoy seeing dropped?

In the early 90's, I hoped for someone to beat Indurain - the Pete Sampras of cycling at the time. Paint drying indeed! I suppose many felt/feel the same about Armstrong. I must admit I enjoyed seeing Marco Pantani spank Bjarney Riis, and every time Richard Verinque, Cadel Evans, or Alexandre Vinokorov bonked. Watching Petacchi and Farrar nip Cavendish was enjoyable.

But my favorite schadenfreude moment was watching ChickenLegs, Michael Rassmussen absolutely crater in the TdF ITT several years ago.
 
Jun 28, 2009
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RDV4ROUBAIX said:
I don't hate any of them either, but one guy that I couldn't stand to watch was Fernando Escartin. Dude had one of the ugliest pedaling styles ever.
Hey, thanks. I was trying to think of Escartin's name earlier today. On topic, I certainly don't hate anybody, and that includes cyclists. S**t, I don't even know 'em, I just watch 'em race and read what the tabloids write about 'em. And I certainly believe every single thing I read because I know it's all true. :p
 
May 18, 2009
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Martin318is said:
Grahame Brown - I don't hate him as thats a waste of energy - but its hard to name someone else with as big and ugly an ego, who only delivers excuses and not results on the road.
Don't know how you can hate him, have met him a couple of times and he seems like a really nice genuine bloke.
 
May 6, 2009
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AFAIC Frank Schlek was cleared and there was nothing proven against him. Maybe he actually was innocent?
 
Don't know how anyone could hate, or even really dislike Perico. Very affable, and friendly guy with an easy smile and a great riding style.

Blakeslee said:
The UCI and the Spanish Cycling Federation are also up there for me continuing to drag their heels on taking action against Valverde.
You mean "every rider, doctor, and person associated with Operation Puerto, (including futbol and tennis players)". Instead of just "Valverde", right?

With Indurain from about 1990 through 1995 he seemed to never attack in the mountains, just tag along with other riders at the front. It was really dull to watch. So in 1996 when he finally cracked, it had me with a smile on my face.

Though I'm not a Lance fan, I wasn't a Jan fan either, and watching Lance drop him, at least through 2002, was good. In 2003 I found myself cheering for Jan, as he was such an underdog then.

Loved watching Vino get dropped. Kloden too.

In today's world, I'd like to see Lance get dropped, sure. Same with Ricco when he comes back. Mazzolini if he ever comes back. Even though I kind of like Levi and Cadel, Menchov...but I guess anyone who just sits near the front and never does anything bold I'm going to cheer them getting dropped.

I was never a big Pantani fan, but I liked the way he dropped others, if that makes sense. Same with Heras, Simoni & Jiminez.
 
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Alpe d'Huez said:
Don't know how anyone could hate, or even really dislike Perico. Very affable, and friendly guy with an easy smile and a great riding style.


You mean "every rider, doctor, and person associated with Operation Puerto, (including futbol and tennis players)". Instead of just "Valverde", right?

With Indurain from about 1990 through 1995 he seemed to never attack in the mountains, just tag along with other riders at the front. It was really dull to watch. So in 1996 when he finally cracked, it had me with a smile on my face.

Though I'm not a Lance fan, I wasn't a Jan fan either, and watching Lance drop him, at least through 2002, was good. In 2003 I found myself cheering for Jan, as he was such an underdog then.

Loved watching Vino get dropped. Kloden too.

In today's world, I'd like to see Lance get dropped, sure. Same with Ricco when he comes back. Mazzolini if he ever comes back. Even though I kind of like Levi and Cadel, Menchov...but I guess anyone who just sits near the front and never does anything bold I'm going to cheer them getting dropped.

I was never a big Pantani fan, but I liked the way he dropped others, if that makes sense. Same with Heras, Simoni & Jiminez.
So who are you cheering on then in the Tour?
 
Mar 18, 2009
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In keeping with the thread topic: Armstrong

"The Tour was a bit of a joke this year. I've got nothing against Sastre … or Christian Vande Velde. Christian's a nice guy, but finishing fifth in the Tour de France? Come on!" - Armstrong

He's such a nice fella this Lance, ain't he?
 

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