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Old 03-15-05, 01:16 PM   #1
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P-N Alberto Contador pedal "problem"

Does anyone know what was the issue with Alberto Contador's pedal near the end of Paris-Nice? I swear just as the camera cut to him I heard a loud click then he looked to be pedalling toe down at a weird angle and the cleat released. I haven't seen any discussion of the details in the media.

I'm just curious... it looked like he was riding Look Keo pedals (which I also ride) and I've been carefully watching the cleat's teflon inserts to see if they're going to come loose.
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Old 03-15-05, 02:31 PM   #2
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Nothing really to discuss. He just pulled out. It happens on occassion. I remember it happening during a bunch sprint at the TDF a couple years back.
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I played it back on the Tivo frame by frame and it looked like he twisted his heel out just enough to cause the pedal to release. It was a very scary moment, no doubt!
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my biggest crash to date on the bike is when i pulled out of my left pedal while powering up a short climb in a waaay too big gear. it happened sooooo fast cause all your weight is shifting downwards and thats the direction i went flying off in
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It happens all the time. It's just lucky a camera caught this example.
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What an amazing save though! Did you see how his back wheel popped up in the air?
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What an amazing save though! Did you see how his back wheel popped up in the air?

Good bike handling.

Would've scared the bejeezus out of the blokes behind.
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Good bike handling.

Would've scared the bejeezus out of the blokes behind.
Plus if I had been in Contador's place, I'd probably have needed to throw away those shorts after the race.
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Plus if I had been in Contador's place, I'd probably have needed to throw away those shorts after the race.
heck, i about had to change my shorts just watching it happen to him!
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What an amazing save though! Did you see how his back wheel popped up in the air?
Yup! That was an amazing save. I was impressed!
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anybody have a link to a clip of this? I don't get OLN...
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Nothing really to discuss. He just pulled out. It happens on occassion. I remember it happening during a bunch sprint at the TDF a couple years back.
Stage 1, 2003 TdF.
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Stage 1, 2003 TdF.
Jose Enrique Gutierrez - Kelme. I still cringe thinking about it... look at my avatar (Tyler's x-ray)
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I believe Erik Zabel had a serving of the Double Nut Crunch (and I don't mean ice cream) after he popped out of his pedal during a field sprint in the Tour de France several years ago. I don't recall the stage or which year, but I do remember him clearly fish tailing across the road in the middle of the pack, but miraculously keeping the bike upright.
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anybody have a link to a clip of this? I don't get OLN...


You'll see it in the final gallop of your local cat 5 crit this weekend....


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You'll see it in the final gallop of your local cat 5 crit this weekend....


Yeah, they won't make the nice save though, which is what i want to see...
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Yup! That was an amazing save. I was impressed!
If I remember right he went to put his foot down on the road then changed his mind. I wonder if he was clever enough to be conscious of potentially damaging the cleat...?
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i think he did put his foot down, i think paul sherwyn might have even said something about it, but i could be wrong....ill have to check my tape. not like it matters either way, it was a great save.
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I have seen it happen... it can be very nasty... nasty indeed!
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For a very limited time... Not the fattest pipe in the world, so be patient. File is a 8MB DivX AVI.
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thanks for posting the clip . . . wicked bike handling skills for the awesome recovery
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For a very limited time... Not the fattest pipe in the world, so be patient. File is a 8MB DivX AVI.
I'll mirror it for you for a while. I've converted it to MPEG and it's not 3.2 MB.

http://www.foosoftware.com/video/contador.mpg
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