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And what are the exceptions? I know Indurain was pretty hefty for a good climber, but he managed as he had an immense power output.[/QUOTE]
Indurain had to get his weight to to become a decent climber. I believe he weighed about 180 when he won his tours--light for his height, over 6'2" I believe.
Sprinters tend to be of any body size, but one of the defining traits is a higher proportion of fast-twitch muscle fiber. There are also differences in metabolism, but I forget the specifics.
Time trialists are like climbers but usually heavier and more powerful, or like sprinters but with more slow-twitch fiber.
Baroudeurs are all-arounders who have physical traits of the other types, who need to use cunning to win.