....join the fun....BigMac said:I could swear we have 63735723 other threads like this or implicitly similar. May be just my impression, though.
Come on, boys will be boys.jsem94 said:Riders I've seen (since 2006):
Vino (love his racing style, but otherwise.. no thanks)
Sagan (also love his racing, but questionable character at least early on in his career, he's getting better)
Society does? I see many douchebags being celebrated. Society doesn't mean anything, 99% are sheeps anyways doing what they've being told by the media.hrotha said:
Bravo says a female who has been subjected to that idiocy!hrotha said:
How is it common behaviour? Things happened, he was 23, let it be. Gosh, I have never heard so much about such a relatively minor incident.jsem94 said:
Aurélien Duval : Duval was a big French hope by 2006 to 2008 both on the road and in cyclocross until a positive test for norfenfluramine, a mere stimulant possibly the cause of food poisoning. He nonetheless paid two years for this. When asked whether it was an injustice he answered: “Yes, no, maybe… I’m not gonna mope”. Aurel accepted his plight with dignity, with a low-profile and without whining: “In life just as in cycling, it’s the same. Everybody has to sort things out themselves.”. It seems obvious to me that he was the victim of an injustice but you wouldn’t hear him say it. He had few friends, none in the cycling world, there he only had acquaintances. During his two-year ban, Aurel first lived on unemployment benefits but then also worked for his father’s public engineering company. Aurel is a lorry driver. He’s always up at 7.00am and in bed at 9.00pm, not his cycling rhythm, he’s been raised that way. He doesn’t watch TV, listen to music nor go out at night but still cycles 750km a week. His return to competition in 2013 was encouraged by the few friends he had because he was not interested at all. He raced for the club of his youth UV Aube which had become Club Champagne Charlott’, with its very attractive jersey. He prepared it with training sessions of 25 to 30 hours a week, madness. Aurel shocked everyone when he became French champion. I still remember his post-race interview: a lot of self-control and appeased with himself. Low-profile, as always. He said clearly that it was not a revenge and that criticism made him laugh. I still remember his last season in 2013/2014. Saw him in Overijse but then though he was selected for the Worlds in Louisville, Aurel declined the offer because out of form his presence there and the trip across the ocean would cost too much money for the federation and anyway he already knew that within a month he would no longer be a cycling rider. Indeed he put a brutal end to his pro career after cyclocross season. Aurélien Duval is a rider who deserves to be remembered by true cycling fans but probably won’t.What you give to the land, the land gives it to you. That’s the reality of the farm.
Eddy Merckx : Many things have been said of course. Though I don’t like what he has lately become (defence of Armstrong, organizer of the Tour of Qatar) but nothing to say about the rider and not even about the bike manufacturer. The Luis Ocaña tribute says it all:I’m wondering what I’m doing here. The guy who told me that it was an easy route must have recoed it by night and in a state of drunkenness.
Herman Van Springel : A complete rider, one of the most underrated rider in history. Roger De Vlaeminck remembered his ITT skills when he teamed up with him at the Baden Baden GP. The problem with Van Springel was the mind. He was too good and did not have the personality of a leader. That’s how he became a luxury helper for Merckx or Maertens. Maybe the only outburst of his career came when he raced the 1969 Baracchi Trophy when scheduled to team up with Davide Boifava, trained with him and at the last moment the organizers decided to ally Boifava with Merckx while Van Springel was now planned to race with an already off-seasoned Joaquim Agostinho. Irony is that he won that race with Agostinho. Van Springel’s name will always be linked to Bordeaux-Paris, 7 times a winner. Even though these were editions with depleted fields, you still needed to get balls to cover those 600km, a race that required a one-month preparation after the spring classic campaign, few had the balls to do that but Herman did. As his best fan – Mac Uytterhoeven – said: “always racing for what he was worth”, if you are not fast in a sprint you have to know how to knock. Herman learned that. That’s how as a non-sprinter, he won Paris-Tours and Ghent-Wevelgem.Oh, goodness! I’d give several hectares of my lands to see him back in the peloton for a fortnight. Just for a fortnight. He would show all these cuties what racing against Merckx was like. They would have no time to pierce their ears or dye their hair. All they would have time for is laying on a couch and have a rest.
. Whether he is not sufficiently egoistic to be a winner, Jurgen answered he probably is not enough so but that he can be hard for himself and his teammates too. But that year Jürgen won the respect of all true cycling fans. He raced with his heart and his guts!Yes, it’s one of the biggest disappointments of my career. Correction: the biggest one
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