- May 6, 2009
Personally the TDU will be a great way for him to come back or even the Tour de San Luís, but I don't think he will though. He could do the TDU and still back in time for the early races in Spain and Portugal.
My post is only about a duel between Phil and Valverde. Hence I don't talk about GTs. Yes, it's impressive someone can win classics and GTs. Although Valverde has always been an inconsistent climber. Phil is also not a worthless guy in stage races however, he only races the ones that are more suited to him.The Hitch said:Scared already
You are right, Piti wont challenge Cauberg or Huy but the rest of your comment acts as if GTs were totally worthless.
Id say its quite impressive to perform as he did in the classics in 09 and 10 while winning stages left right and centre, and podiuming or winning all stage races he entered + winning La Vuelta.
The guy won 2 stages and came 2nd on another 3 in Pais Vasco for example.
Theres no duel between Gilbert and Valverde. Piti is the strongest to challenge Phil but Valverde also has other things beside 1 dayers on his mind.
I was talking about this article which says: As a former suspended rider, Valverde won't be allowed to score UCI points for his team until 2014, according to new UCI rules. However several team managers believe it is worth signing him.hughmoore said:Did UCI end up bringing some rule about returning dopers not accruing points for first year, or was that just a possiblity?
That would obviously affect things, no point winning if doest earn points for the team
I'll cry myself to sleep if that happens. Hopefully he has a puncture on Wilunga Hill while on the lead and the australian neutral servce screw him ovre with a bike change.Sasquatch said:Valverde will win the Tour Down Under.
He'll win that stage into Stirling and then he'll win up Willunga hill.
dlwssonic said:Sorry Aussies but TDU isn't a real important race.
The Aussies do because it is their home race. Greipel does. A few of the top riders in the world take it seriously because they are competitors. Other than that you are right.El Pistolero said:I don't think a lot of non-Australian pros take TDU seriously. I think only Contador does. And even he doesn't go there anymore.
Probably Contador's stage victory in TDU was and will be his best in his sport life.El Pistolero said:I don't think a lot of non-Australian pros take TDU seriously. I think only Contador does. And even he doesn't go there anymore.
It was Phil's first pro win though
If not for that stage win it would have been an utter disaster of a season. He has looked pretty terrible the whole season at rabo, luckily he got his breakthrough with the stage win. Can understand how a rabo fan feels, when they spent so much money on him.nobilis said:winning the spanish TT and a stage in the tour for the 3rd time is far from being mediocre.
ACF's just scared because he remembers many years of poor Evans scrambling for a new excuse for being beaten by Valverde yet again.nobilis said:yeah, this is the only way you hope he gets beaten.
valverde is really an unique cyclist... if he was born in other era without the super specialized machines he would easily be considered the best ever for the same "kind" that considers merckx the best ever.Libertine Seguros said:ACF's just scared because he remembers many years of poor Evans scrambling for a new excuse for being beaten by Valverde yet again.
I remember somebody posting something about great photos, and ACF posted a picture of the Valverde-Sánchez-Sagan-Evans break, with Valverde placed first and Evans 2nd. I noted that it was nice to see Evans in his traditional place - behind Valverde. ACF went schiz.
Oh, good times, good times.
Why doesn't he prove it then? Let him do the world hour record and let's see if he can beat Merckx his time. I tell you this: he won't be able to do itc&cfan said:valverde is really an unique cyclist... if he was born in other era without the super specialized machines he would easily be considered the best ever for the same "kind" that considers merckx the best ever.
the truth is, valverde is unique.
Because even Valverde himself doesn't believe that propaganda?El Pistolero said:Why doesn't he prove it then? Let him do the world hour record and let's see if he can beat Merckx his time. I tell you this: he won't be able to do it
Miguel Indurain broke the world hour record back when modern bikes were still allowed. ChrIs Boardman broke Big Mig's record with a modern bike as well. The UCI decided to make these records unofficial and everyone now has to use the same bike Merckx used. Chris Boardman broke Merckx his record finally with only a few meters better. So someone who beat Big Mig in the time trial could only barely beat the record of a guy who already won the Giro/Tour that season and before his big injury(Merckx had a very nasty crash in '69 and was never his former self again). Chris Boardman prepared his entire season for the Hour record. Merckx of course did not and already had a long season behind him.c&cfan said:he already proved it.
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