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The official debate: Should Contador have waited for Schleck?

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Moose McKnuckles said:
Andy: "I would not have raced like that. My stomach is full of anger. I will take my revenge."

Awesomeness. Game on.

More power to you Andy! Contador does not deserve to win after this.:mad:
 
Straßenrennen said:
Okay when Andy gives back this little time he won on stage 3 and alberto gives back the time he won today Alberto is still leading..... They both took advantage of when there opponenent was in trouble. And alberto is an obvious opponennt, it was clear from the start he would be one. When you want to preech about riders having respect make sure both have acted by the same standards. The score for "not waiting" stands at 1:1.

For the reasons I stated already there is no comparison between stage 3 and this one. That early in the race you think anyone is going to wait because a possible opponent for the GC crashes? Meanwhile many other GC contenders, spread out in various small groups as they were when all the problems hit on the cobbles, may keep going. It would never work. There's no feasible way for the many contenders at that stage of the race to come to an agreement.

Stage 15 with the four top riders together is a completely different situation.
 
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Your thread title is wrong.
"got a mechanical"?

It should be

"The Moment the Mailo Jaune f-ked up a shift while attacking and his opponents pushed on"
 
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khodder said:
Maybe just ride tempo and keep the group the same until Andy Rejoined.

However Alberto got himself to the front, out of the saddle and pushed himself to the extent that he dropped all but Menchov and Sanchez.
That's exactly what I saw, and I trust that is what the replays will show.
 
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Could not believe AC did this. I thought they were “friends” ???
No respect…..

With that, maybe all these threads should be merged?
 
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Sad Day for Andy

Classy would have been to assert to Sanchez and Menchov the correctness of waiting for the yellow jersey. Where's a hyper-doped Hamilton when you need him???
 
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This thread betrays to complete idiocy of just about every poster so far, the Tour is a race of traditions as much as who crosses the line first. And it appears that ... just like Berto, you guys have no respect for the maillot jaune either!

Its more than a prize, regardless of who's wearing it. Berto sullies it.

Liggett says it was a great race?
Had Berto and Menchov and Sanchez sat up up for a bit,
THEN we'd have seen a great race.
 
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maybe they just should have neutralized the race all the way to Paris? Is that enough "respect for the jersey"? ridiculous...

He's only in the yellow jersey because of the charity of others, otherwise he'd by 6 minutes behind, and because of time he gained because of the gap caused by his teammate crashing and causing the split.

Enough is enough, it's a bike race.
 
It's very obvious that Contador didn't realise Schleck had a mechanical when he attacked. He only saw that Schleck slowed down a little in his attack and that's what he attacked based on. We could see that when he realised what had happened he didn't know what to do so he was looking back and wasn't driving hard in the group but merely followed Sanchez and Menchov.
 
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Arnout said:
I mean, in Formula 1 if someone gets a puncture or a mechanical or something the others don't stop racing either. That's racing, nothing more, nothing less.

Exactly. People booing the yellow jersey on the podium: classless.
 
Closest comparison is 2003 when Armstrong attacked fell and the peleton waited. It was Contador doing the work when Schleck stopped. He really is desperate to win.

I have to love people booing Contador now as he puts on the jersey.
 
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ingsve said:
It's very obvious that Contador didn't realise Schleck had a mechanical when he attacked. He only saw that Schleck slowed down a little in his attack and that's what he attacked based on. We could see that when he realised what had happened he didn't know what to do so he was looking back and wasn't driving hard in the group but merely followed Sanchez and Menchov.
What are you smoking when you watch the race?