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Old 06-08-10, 08:43 AM   #1
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Sastre's gimpiness about the Tour

http://velonews.competitor.com/2010/...ce-tour_120124

The guy has no chance anyway but behind closed doors I guarantee Cervelo mgt is super pissed right now he's trying to skip out on the TDF.
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they proly are but methinks they are gonna kill the golden goose if they "force"
sastre to race the tdf; he's not 28 anymore. guess they would rather have him
finish tenth in the tdf vs a potential podium place at the vuelta (as always, the vuelta
gets no love).

i can't think of anyone off hand who's raced more gt's in the
last decade and most of them in a top ten capacity-underrated.
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Old 06-08-10, 11:41 AM   #3
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Uhm... sounds like he's hedging because of a crash-induced back injury. I can't see how they can be ticked off at him for that, especially since he kept going in the Giro despite the injuries, at least in part for the sake of the team.

http://velonews.competitor.com/2010/...ut-july_119448
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Old 06-08-10, 02:17 PM   #4
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yeah, this article too...

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/sast...herniated-disc

can't even begin to imagine doing that last week of the giro with that. lots of people
say sastre can't do this, is too old, doesn't attack enough, blah blah blah. guy has
no lack of guts though.
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guy has no lack of guts though!! I agree...
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Short term - not so good for them. Flip side - would give them a chance to either give everything to earning stage wins, or grooming a new GC candidate.
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true dat, since sastre is no spring chicken. methinks haussler would be a good candidate; he strikes me as an all-rounder
that could be turned to the dark side...er...converted into a better climber.
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Old 06-09-10, 11:25 AM   #8
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Found new respect for Sastre... they should let him heal for the Vuelta and focus on stage wins and the green jersey for Thor.
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true dat, since sastre is no spring chicken. methinks haussler would be a good candidate; he strikes me as an all-rounder
that could be turned to the dark side...er...converted into a better climber.
Doubtful. Haussler has pretty much said that he doesn't have the desire to train as much as is needed to be consistently on top form, and I think he said he doesn't plan on being a pro cyclist for much longer.
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maybe a fatty contract would change his mind-albeit short-term???
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To me, he came off as someone who just really loves to party; he mentioned that the night before he won a stage of the Vuelta a España he was out at a discothèque, and I think he recently got busted for a DUI. But, like you said: you never know.
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not to totally get off sastre but...

think you're right about haussler's "committment." seems like he's not the type to
totally drink the kool-aid and walk the team line. tremendous talent though.
most of the time-in any sport-these kinda guys lose interest, burn out, get
involved with things/people they shouldn't and just make all-around bad choices.
every once in a while though, one of them can harness that "healthy skepticism"
and do it their way-at least for a time...hopefully haussler will figure it out.

along with kreuziger, nibali, ebh, gilbert and a few others, he's one of my favorite
younger riders to watch.
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Agreed. But to be successful at that level in this sport requires a lot of training.
Look at fighters: after they fight, they party for days--weeks even. For pro cyclists it's death in your profession if you gain 15lbs in the "off-season." Cycling, in my opinion, doesn't get anywhere near the respect--for the effort of the athletes to just make it there--it deserves [in the US]. I can see where Haussler is coming from. What other sport demands so much from its athletes, and for relatively little pay?
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Agreed. But to be successful at that level in this sport requires a lot of training.
Look at fighters: after they fight, they party for days--weeks even. For pro cyclists it's death in your profession if you gain 15lbs in the "off-season." Cycling, in my opinion, doesn't get anywhere near the respect--for the effort of the athletes to just make it there--it deserves [in the US]. I can see where Haussler is coming from. What other sport demands so much from its athletes, and for relatively little pay?


touché. 100% agree. in cycling, i see more of the overused "for the love of the sport/game" dedication than i do in other professional sports; it's proly magnified precisely because
of the relatively inequitable time/effort expended to $ earned. that is part of the appeal for me. the suffering (sastre's giro is a prime example) is another component.

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Old 06-14-10, 02:25 AM   #15
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nice win for haussler-stage two in the tour of switzerland. not too shabby...
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I saw that.
He did mention in that inrterview that he was going to start being more seriious with his training.
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I agree that they should let him focus on the Vuelta. He obviously ran into problems at the Giro and he deserves the chance to rest up and get healthy. They have a good enough team to focus on stage wins at the TDF.
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If his back is truly herniated in l4/l5 area, he won't make the Vuelta. Been there, done it, got the scar.
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Rumor has it that Contador will be bringing a real pistol to the tour this year, and Sastre wants to be away from the gunfire.

Crazy Alberto...
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Cervelo's got Xavier tondo,with a little work this guy can be a GC,look at his win in paris nice,and his riding in the giro.
And yeah if alberto wins he's going to just shoot dickstrong and be done with it.
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Cervelo's got Xavier tondo,with a little work this guy can be a GC,look at his win in paris nice,and his riding in the giro.
And yeah if alberto wins he's going to just shoot dickstrong and be done with it.
he's gotta work on his time-trialling and consistency. tondo can fade badly in a big tour but he could win any mountain stage in any gt.
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"he's gotta work on his time-trialling and consistency. tondo can fade badly in a big tour but he could win any mountain stage in any gt."

I agree, but when he's on he's on and look at all the former "Domestiques" that switch teams and become GC contenders "Sastre","van de velde" i'm sure there are more.
I'm routing for Thor in the green jersey again.
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looks like sastre is riding the tour after all:

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/sast...los-tour-squad


yeah, i'd rather have hushovd win the green jersey again. hell...anyone but cavendish.
hushovd's foray in the mountains to solidify/clinch the green jersey last year was
impressive.
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That's good news.
He seems like a nice guy.
I'll be pulling for a top 5 finish for him.
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