Where is Denis Menchov?

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Fetisoff said:
Well, in the interview that I mentioned above he actually talks about it, and talks about being scared of losing time in the first week, hence the someone strange choice of the teammates for the TDF (Kuchynski, Paolini)
Paolini will be key to protect him in the flats.
 
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With Contadors DQ, Menchov is 2nd in 2010´s Tour officially.

Wiggins is born 1980, Menchov 1978... Wiggins has 2 years left for the win.

Wiggins might be too strong on the road, so honestly, I hope Wiggins crashes out like he did in 2011 (this time without getting serously injured) or has mechanicals or illness, so the road is free for Menchov to win this Tour.

Fingers crossed for Denis Menchov, it´s now or never.
 
Oct 19, 2010
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http://www.katushateam.com/2012/06/tour-de-france-menchov-8th-in-the-itt-prologue/


“I had very good feelings today before the start – said Menchov – and during the race I felt in a good shape, even if it’s not my kind of races: I prefer longer time trials, that was too short to do something better; moreover it was not a technical ITT, with just two difficult corners. I’m not at my top condition, but ‘Tour de France’ is still long and after this performance I can say I’m more and more confident about the rest of the competition”.
 
RHRH19861986 said:
With Contadors DQ, Menchov is 2nd in 2010´s Tour officially.
That's... irrelevant?

Wiggins is born 1980, Menchov 1978... Wiggins has 2 years left for the win.
:confused: What..? How do you know?

Wiggins might be too strong on the road, so honestly, I hope Wiggins crashes out like he did in 2011 (this time without getting serously injured) or has mechanicals or illness, so the road is free for Menchov to win this Tour.
That's just weird to hope.
 
Jan 11, 2010
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maxmartin said:
Menchov always have problem holding position in flat or hilly stages, lets's see how he does in the next couple of days. Somehow I think he will be exceptionally good in the mountains.
Usually when he's really good he ends up in the right group. Just think of the Tour 2010, Menchov was flying over the cobbles, his team didn't know what hit them.
 
Aug 12, 2009
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The Hitch said:
Menchov is past it. He will be lucky to finish top 50. Anyone who says otherwise knows less than tan kirby and liggett and should not be posting on a cycling forum.
Wanna take a bet on that?

Seriously though, Menchov is almost an assured top 10. Top 20 if he has something dramatic happen. Top 30...almost inconceivable.
 
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Galic Ho said:
Wanna take a bet on that?

Seriously though, Menchov is almost an assured top 10. Top 20 if he has something dramatic happen. Top 30...almost inconceivable.
He already has taken a bet ;) I think he is joking.
 
Galic Ho said:
Wanna take a bet on that?

Seriously though, Menchov is almost an assured top 10. Top 20 if he has something dramatic happen. Top 30...almost inconceivable.
No, i was sarcastically repeating what most of the forum has been saying about Menchov for the last 6 months anytime anyone has dared tip him for the overall.

Ive been one of those trying to remind people of Menchov's quality the whole time. I even put 30 squid on him to take the overall.
 
The Hitch said:
No, i was sarcastically repeating what most of the forum has been saying about Menchov for the last 6 months anytime anyone has dared tip him for the overall.

Ive been one of those trying to remind people of Menchov's quality the whole time. I even put 30 squid on him to take the overall.
you got to get some nice odds there right?

I put my usual 10 bucks on Vino for yellow in Paris for the last time yesterday :(
 
Dec 30, 2011
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A prologue perfomance shows that Menchov is in good form and is riding well, but it has no bearing on whether he can reproduce that in the mountains where he may very well have declined.

He is in good form but a prologue is such a totally different effort to the ones which are required later on that this is no indication of what really matters just that his body is in good shape which should be expected considering he has been made this race the pinnacle of his season and has used all other races as build up.
 
Froome19 said:
A prologue perfomance shows that Menchov is in good form and is riding well, but it has no bearing on whether he can reproduce that in the mountains where he may very well have declined.

He is in good form but a prologue is such a totally different effort to the ones which are required later on that this is no indication of what really matters just that his body is in good shape which should be expected considering he has been made this race the pinnacle of his season and has used all other races as build up.
Except that this is a tt tour so showing he can put a good time on a flat course is very important:rolleyes:

As for his climbing being in decline, if anything looked in decline it was Menchovs tt performances as he narrowly beat known tt specialists jose rujano and joaquim rodriguez in the giro tt and almost rodriguez, and his Vuelta tt was meh.

Climbing wise, this was a guy who following a chasing pack of gc contenders up angliru a piece of cake.

To come 6th in a proloogue like this, its not the accident you make it out to be.
 
Nov 16, 2011
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Froome19 said:
A prologue perfomance shows that Menchov is in good form and is riding well, but it has no bearing on whether he can reproduce that in the mountains where he may very well have declined.

He is in good form but a prologue is such a totally different effort to the ones which are required later on that this is no indication of what really matters just that his body is in good shape which should be expected considering he has been made this race the pinnacle of his season and has used all other races as build up.

True, but then you can make this argument equally against anyone else in the prologue. Fact is, the prologue is a true metric of a GC rider's condition, period.
 
Mar 13, 2009
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I can't remember menchov ever performing this well in a prologue, good sign for the rest of the race.
 
Sep 28, 2011
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blaxland said:
Calm down Menchov fans it was only a TimeTrial of 7kms...Wooow..lets see if the Pope has his legs when the Mountains are here??
just what I was thinking ... that being said, I would take Menchov over Cadel & Wiggo anytime so I hope he can deliver :D
 
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blaxland said:
Calm down Menchov fans it was only a TimeTrial of 7kms...Wooow..lets see if the Pope has his legs when the Mountains are here??
I think Menchov fans are actually calm right now. I'm as calm as the Pope himself. Now if he sucked in the prologue, that would be a totally different story. Everyone knows it's a 3 week race, but a good showing like this does just that - calm me down and give me cautious optimism
 
blaxland said:
Calm down Menchov fans it was only a TimeTrial of 7kms...Wooow..lets see if the Pope has his legs when the Mountains are here??
Menchov would not be performing above expectations in the mountains if he managed to outclimb Wiggins.

So confirmation of his tt ability being there is a very big deal.

This is to Menchov what managing to control Joux Planne was to wiggins and sky
 
The Hitch said:
Menchov would not be performing above expectations in the mountains if he managed to outclimb Wiggins.


This is true but we have only had a short 7km Timetrial so far...Lets wait and see?If he does outclimb Wiigins then yes i will eat my humble pie"
 

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