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Old 03-27-10, 03:46 PM   #1
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Lance and Contador dropped on the last climb!... strategy?

Lance was dropped @ 5k to go and Contador @ ~3k! is it all part of the preparation plan for the tour?
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If this is a joke I don't get it, so forgive me.

Contador's saying he had an allergy attack. Lance is saying it's only March and he doesn't need to be on form yet. It's just training for both of them, so I wouldn't worry too much. On the other hand, Contador was looking good at Paris-Nice, so he probably could have won without the allergy issue.

Lance's new strategy: Find out what Contador was allergic to and stock up for July.
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I know Lance is 'racing for fitness' and his long term goals come later in the season, and he's a tad older than the others but, if all the other top riders can make a decent showing of this stage/race, why can't he?. It could have been mind games, underperforming & saving himself for July. The last shot of Armstrong on the climb had him sitting up and chatting away, so he clearly never even tried to do anything from the start. He was ill last week as well so just stayed at the back.


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If this is a joke I don't get it, so forgive me.

Contador's saying he had an allergy attack. Lance is saying it's only March and he doesn't need to be on form yet. It's just training for both of them, so I wouldn't worry too much. On the other hand, Contador was looking good at Paris-Nice, so he probably could have won without the allergy issue.

Lance's new strategy: Find out what Contador was allergic to and stock up for July.
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I wouldn't put to much stock in the stage. Its still real early in the season. The big contenders for the grand tours aren't going to be killing themselves in races like this if they're aren't 100%.
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Training in professional cycling has improved and become more sophisticated and systematic in the last 20 years, to the point that top cyclists train to "peak" at a specific time of the year (like other sports like track and swimming). For example, Pantani was the last cyclist to win both Giro and the Tour de France, and one may wonder as well just how much chemical help he was getting that season... In fact, the commentators on Versus for the Criterium International were originally questioning whether Contador might be peaking too early this season... Personally I think Contador is a class above the rest as a climber, which allows him to win Paris-Nice and still likely do much damage in the Tour de France later this year...

For me the most interesting part of watching Paris-Nice and the Criterium International is trying to gauge the level of support Contador can expect from his teammates this season. After the departures of Armstrong, Popovych, Leipheimer, etc., Astana recruited pretty aggressively (Pereiro Sio, Noval, etc.). But Contador's team looked weak during Paris-Nice, and even though it looked like Vino, Fofonov and others were pacing the field at some point in the stage yesterday, the reality is that none of these riders were anywhere to be found at the end of the stage. I also worry about Vinokourov's possibly disruptive attitude within Astana - "his team" as he is fond of reminding everyone... Not that Contador has had to deal with that issue before :-)

To me the strongest team so far this season looks like Caisse d'Epargne... I think Valverde could surprise a lot of people come summer time...
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Did Astana hire Ben Noval, or was he retained on an existing contract? Bit of a difference.
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To me the strongest team so far this season looks like Caisse d'Epargne... I think Valverde could surprise a lot of people come summer time...
That is if Valverde is even allowed to race come July. If the UCI makes his suspension global then its LLS to lead CdE and thats it. And strongest team is relative to what kind of racing - stages vs. 1 day events. CdE is strong for stages but the strongest? Not sure how many Team GCs they've captured but I don't think they are running away with that classification.

As Graham Watson put it - the result was more disappointing for AC than LA - AC was there to compete and win the race, LA was there to get race training in. However, the TT showed why AC is the best and so dangerous - the boy can hammer.

Also Fedrigo has a big honker. Whoa. But I digress...

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I was expecting LA to be climbing better at this point. He's had a full year to get the weight back down. From what I see so far a July podium is not in the cards.
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Oh oh! Now we are skipping Amstel Gold Race!.... not good
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/arms...stel-gold-race
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Appears Contador has some hand problem, article mentions hand surgery
and attributes the problem to his habit of making a pistol gesture with his
right hand, does it 2-300x per day and now has some overuse problems
with the thumb MC joint and index interosseus and thenar muscles.
Out of the Tour de Fr likely. Velonews had a mention, did not realize it was
AF? Similar to the article with LA using his yellow jerseys to wipe his car
off.

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Appears Contador has some hand problem, article mentions hand surgery
and attributes the problem to his habit of making a pistol gesture with his
right hand, does it 2-300x per day and now has some overuse problems
with the thumb MC joint and index interosseus and thenar muscles.
Out of the Tour de Fr likely. Velonews had a mention.
It is generally considered poor form to refer to april fools articles after the first.
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I seriously need to brush up on my Italian!
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