3 problems for you.airstream said:It can't be an absolute justification as you are trying to present it. Cobo did almost entire climb alone whereas Contador attacked only about from 2-3 km's to go. Crap? Any thing to belittle works right? Ok.
1) Contador attacked at the base, it's just that he only got rid of Rodríguez and Valverde with 2-3kms to go.
2) Contador won the climb on this stage:
Cobo won it on this stage:
Though we can argue about the silliness of the Vuelta's mountains categorisations, there's an uncategorised and a 2nd category climb before the time honoured Cordal-Angliru combo in 2011. In 2008 there was a 3rd category climb and two more 1st category climbs in a much longer stage.
3) Your argument is completely moot anyway as Contador's time from 2008 was 43'12 and Cobo's from 2011 was 43'44, and so unless you contend that Cobo is capable of ripping the fabric of space and time, Contador did complete the climb quicker than Cobo.