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Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Eight Miles High
Bikes: Time VXR ProTeam, Look 695, Pinarello Paris Carbon, Ridley Dean, Time ZXRS
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So, What's Up with Valverde?
ya know, i no longer think he's a grand tour contender. i think he's like karpets - a great one-week or maybe two-week stage racer, but just can't do it for three full weeks. obviously he's a great classics rider. he just doesn't seem to be consistently strong enough to last all three weeks. he does great in italy, but comes apart at hautacam and the time trial. i don't know - good enough to be top ten at the tour, but i no longer think he'll ever be able to win it
'In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us, "Make us your slaves, but feed us." '
-Fyodor Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor