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Tom Danielson is back

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BikeCentric said:
He's back because he says he is? Can we wait for him to get a result or at least finish a race first maybe?

Do not defy the word of Danielson or thy will be smoten...
....or something.

I like how he says he can win "any climb, any day in any situation". Lay off the pot Tom, it's killing your brain cells.
 
ggusta said:
He needs a sports psychologist. Seriously.

No no no, remember what JV said: the problem is merely that he's 20% Eskimo and tends to get "wicked fat" (said with Boston accent) when he eats sugary foods. JV put him on a protein-rich Atkins style diet and he got really skinny and was climbing with the best of 'em again! Right up until he DNF'ed again that is.

But seriously, I agree with you.
 
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He's back until the season starts, then the rubber of ambition will meet the road of reality. Sadly the last chapter of the drama will play out in the autobus.

Hubris, nemesis and catharsis.
 
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Tom is the US rider you always want to see pull through, but then he has a bad day. It's so frustrating and makes it impossible to be a fan.

It's also so frustrating to hear his Stuart Smalley reaffirmation even if it helps him. "...and doggone it, people like me!" To win in this game it has to be "...and doggone it, I'm going to kick your a**!"

As an example, he's the opposite of Cavendish, great on the erg trainer, but fragile on the road. Cavendish stinks on the erg, but crushes all on the road.

Maybe Cav can put together a tape for Tom with some better affirmations that work out on the road more effectively:

"Get the f#*& out of my way, I'm going to win today."
"I'm going to pass, so your view will be my a##."
"I don't need luck, because all of you s^@%."
"This yellow jersey's a great fit, and the rest of you can just...

You get the idea. Maybe these will help you kick it in 2009 Tom. I hope so.
 
Psalmon said:
Tom is the US rider you always want to see pull through, but then he has a bad day. It's so frustrating and makes it impossible to be a fan.

It's also so frustrating to hear his Stuart Smalley reaffirmation even if it helps him. "...and doggone it, people like me!" To win in this game it has to be "...and doggone it, I'm going to kick your a**!"

As an example, he's the opposite of Cavendish, great on the erg trainer, but fragile on the road. Cavendish stinks on the erg, but crushes all on the road.

Maybe Cav can put together a tape for Tom with some better affirmations that work out on the road more effectively:

"Get the f#*& out of my way, I'm going to win today."
"I'm going to pass, so your view will be my a##."
"I don't need luck, because all of you s^@%."
"This yellow jersey's a great fit, and the rest of you can just...

You get the idea. Maybe these will help you kick it in 2009 Tom. I hope so.


You left out cav's quote about how far he had his seat up his @$$

that one was the best
 
350Watts said:
He needs to not be a 3 week racer, he sucks at it. He should target something like Paris-Nice at the far outside or maybe just the Ardennes classics.

But he also has no sprint so one-day races are out. I agree that shifting his focus to one-week stage races would be the way to go. I don't understand why his handlers haven't directed him to do this already; success in the one-week races could also be a stepping stone for him to maybe finally find consistency in a Grand Tour.
 
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Wholly sh*t, strike my statement regarding the one day races from Tom's targets, I just read some of that interview. From Tom regarding one day races, "not 100 percent accustomed to one-day racing" and "I’ve got a lot to learn". Someone needs to tell him that he isn't an up and coming racer anymore, he's 31!
 
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tommy d is great you see

tommy d will crush thee

tommy d is the tour master, just wait until tomorrow or the day after

with the help of the man JV, he'll be flying up those mountains gluten free!

with Conta as his lead out man this is TD's logical masterplan.

stomich flus and crazy viruses when will this luck end, can he make it to at least week 2...well that all depends
 
Tom Danielson's Return

I don't think it's all in his head.........totally. It seems to me it's all in his body. He was doing great in the Vuelta until he got sick.........again. This time though it seemed the whole team picked up something. Maybe he just doesn't have the physical capability to back up day after day. I would like to see him back to his best. A few new faces at the top of the leader board makes the racing more interesting. He has always promised a lot, now he has to deliver otherwise the contracts may dry up altogether. He should be at his physical peak for a cyclist and needs a few results to get some confidence back.
 
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Danielson is always set to make a comeback after:
illness, dietary changes, change of team, increased strength and stamina, newfound focus...

Blahbity blah blah. You read it a couple of times, you think, 'well, that's a reasonable explanation'. You read it every season, sometimes more than once during a season, and you think, 'sounds like another excuse for substandard performance'.

His head is his weakness. Unfortunately, it goes everywhere he goes.
 
Well, after the entire Garmin team was stricken with celiac's disease this year, I'm expecting some huge results from them, maybe Tom most of all.

Seriously, I can't get behind the guy at all, he's been one hyped up disappointment after another, with the occasional surprising result. I wouldn't even say Tom has a chance winning something like Romandie or Pais Vasco, where his climbing would be best suited, as he's so likely to have a bad day.