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What about Klöden?

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What about Klöden?

I must says he looks very strong, he was impressive in the TTT. Today he made also a very good impression. But I think knowing him as a non-winner, a choker. He will not dare to attack, he will do what the team wants even when he is strong. Andreas is not very strong mentally
 
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Columbiafan said:
I must says he looks very strong, he was impressive in the TTT. Today he made also a very good impression. But I think knowing him as a non-winner, a choker. He will not dare to attack, he will do what the team wants even when he is strong. Andreas is not very strong mentally

It might be his last chance to do anything with the Freiburg report looming. He could just surprise everybody and go full out. And I agree, he does look strong.
 
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It might be his last chance to do anything with the Freiburg report looming. He could just surprise everybody and go full out. And I agree, he does look strong.
Well, if his days are numbered anyway, he might as well help the others win by getting all jacked up and totally destroying the competition. By avoiding stage wins and yellow, his chances of being tested now are relatively low.
 
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Columbiafan said:
I must says he looks very strong, he was impressive in the TTT. Today he made also a very good impression. But I think knowing him as a non-winner, a choker. He will not dare to attack, he will do what the team wants even when he is strong. Andreas is not very strong mentally

yeah, klöden has always seemed totally content with being a high-level support rider. he had the chance to leave t-mobile and didn't, and then he joined astana to support vino. he seems not to want a leadership role. he could probably find one if he wanted it.
 
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I think Andreas Klöden likes money. I don't blame anyone for taking a good deal over a chance to maybe win the Tour (cf. Carlos Sastre) because after all, these guys have to earn their living with cycling. But I've never really seen so much motivation and ambition in him.
Another example for his liking of money is that he is officially listed as a Swiss rider, although he's German, because you have to pay less taxes in Switzerland.
I think he could have won the tour if he had wanted to, or at least the Vuelta, but I kind of get the impression that he's just not that into cycling.