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Old 07-23-07, 03:47 PM   #1
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Soler?

Why does this guy look so WEIRD when he rides. Looks like he has a huntchback...like he doesn't look comfortable at all lol.

Anyone else notice his position as REALLY WEIRD
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Old 07-23-07, 04:34 PM   #2
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He keeps a third lung tucked up the back of his jersey.
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Old 07-23-07, 04:37 PM   #4
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Does he have a condition or does he just like to ride that way?
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Old 07-23-07, 04:39 PM   #5
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he started riding at age 17, so maybe he had no real idea what he was supposed to be doing.. I heard he saw a race that went past his house, thought.. I can do that.. and then won it the next year.. sounds nuts i know.
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Old 07-23-07, 04:40 PM   #6
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thats pretty intense. Ya I heard one of the guys say, "He picked up a bike at 17 and said to himself 'hey this is interesting maybe i should try this'" and has been winning ever since...
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It looks like he's still riding the same bike he picked up when he was 17.
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you guys obviously don't remember Fernando Escartin or Francesco Mancebo.
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escartin looked like dracula, lol
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personally I lov ethis guy, I think he is great for the tour. he is probably the best climber in the tour, just no experience at all. I mean the rest of the GC contenders have scope many of these stages prior to the tour, I doubt " la Cucaracha" has a team budget for that.
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His riding style with his helmet and pointy face make him look all aerodynamic and stuff. Hes all over his rig when the going gets tough.
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I like the "Roach" for his nickname. Keep in mind, this guy rides a 60cm bike, so he is not short by any measure, which might explain the somewhat hunched over style.

What alarms me more is his labored pedal stroke style. Notice in these climbs that he will be in a pack, witht everyone else spinning away, and this guy's entire body is bobbing up and down. Either he really developed some odd cycling habits or he rides a lower gear ratio, causing him to have to really hammer up these hills.
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you guys obviously don't remember Fernando Escartin or Francesco Mancebo.
Mancebo. Oh yeah! Don't remember Escartin though.

They ride like how I imagine a hung-over Stephen Hawking would ride.
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How tall is he? Compared to the other climbers, he looks like Wilt Chamberlain, but he can't be that huge.
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he is kind of like escartin...skinny guy with a big shnozz.
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Escartin was awesome.
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a lot of really great climbers have kind of unorthodox styles...escartin was one. And remember Pantani? Hunched over and climbing in the drops...it looked completely impossible but he did it. Just shows how good he really was.
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Does Soler have boobs? or does he store stuff in the front of his shirt?
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Interesting he's not riding the ceramic bearing SI...that's the first side photo I've seen of him.

The best part was when he was offering water to Ras...if he was more experienced, I'd have thought it was a ploy to get into Ras's head, but he's not experienced enough to try stuff like that.

But it did make me really laugh.
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me too!
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+1

I think Soler is just having fun... like a little kid
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The best part was when he was offering water to Ras...if he was more experienced, I'd have thought it was a ploy to get into Ras's head, but he's not experienced enough to try stuff like that.

This is normal professional etiquette on a big climb.
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This is normal professional etiquette on a big climb.
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I can dig it. Phil and Paul called him "The Angry Spider" the other day. Also, "Mr. Gangley". He's like the new guy on the group ride who always attacks and is all over the road.
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