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Old 07-20-13, 02:02 PM   #26
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Incredible Tour debút for Quintana, what a prospect.
My god! I'm trying to remember......Has anyone ever made the GC podium in their debut before ?
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My god! I'm trying to remember......Has anyone ever made the GC podium in their debut before ?
LOL. Ever heard of Fausto Coppi? Or Eddy Merckx? Or Jacques Anquetil? Or numerous other notables who won first time out?
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I hope not; he's great. Love it.
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LOL. Ever heard of Fausto Coppi? Or Eddy Merckx? Or Jacques Anquetil? Or numerous other notables who won first time out?
OK that's past my memory (which forgot about Anquetil) and I'm short on my cycling history. But it's quite a feat in the modern era.
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OK that's past my memory (which forgot about Anquetil) and I'm short on my cycling history. But it's quite a feat in the modern era.
Well, I don't know what you call "modern" but both Hinault and Fignon also won first time out, and LeMond podiumed on his first two starts before winning his third. FWIW, I don't think the modern era is any more competitive than the fifties, sixties, seventies. Back then in various continental European countries cycling had a similar status to boxing in the States - it was a route out of poverty for a lot of working-class kids. There was fierce competition.

None of that detracts from Quintana, he did very well. Good to watch, too.
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Well, I don't know what you call "modern" but both Hinault and Fignon also won first time out, and LeMond podiumed on his first two starts before winning his third. FWIW, I don't think the modern era is any more competitive than the fifties, sixties, seventies. Back then in various continental European countries cycling had a similar status to boxing in the States - it was a route out of poverty for a lot of working-class kids. There was fierce competition.

None of that detracts from Quintana, he did very well. Good to watch, too.
Wow I didn't realize that about Hinault and Fignon and forgot about Lemond.....Not unusual for me to forget stuff anymore, lol. And having read Anquetil's bio I know there were some hungry competitors then for sure. I think, as in some other sports, the hungrier cyclists are often going to be coming from places like Colombia and the former Soviet Republics now.

I've been a lot more attentive to the stateside scene since about 1978 or so until more Americans were involved in Europe in the mid to late '80s. So thanks for the info.

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I hope not; he's great. Love it.
Oh, I agree entirely. As long as he learns some decorum after he tattoos his torso solid green.
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Jens Voigt gets to wear the red on white numbering going into Paris tomorrow as the most aggressive rider on this stage, well done.

He's also the unofficial gray jersey winner (oldest rider to finish the race)
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