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Contador

Because there's no thread with his name on it in the first page of the road racing forums, I'm posting one.

Bruyneel saying " Could be the 'next Lance' " over in the Velonews.com interviews.

Pretty bold statement, but I gotta admit that he's got charisma, excitement and ability. There's something much more fun about watching him race than I see in many of the big contenders throughout this year. More than just the TdF (so this doesn't get moved, damnit), Contador just plain rocks.
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>>Bruyneel saying " Could be the 'next Lance' " over in the Velonews.com interviews.<<

If I had $100 for every time Johann had predicted this for one of his riders over the past several years I could replace Disco as their sponsor.
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One thing I like about Contador is that he can break his opponents with repeated attacks. That makes for exciting racing that is also easier for the public to "get". Guys like Levi are also talented (maybe not as much so) but he isn't as "exciting" of a racer. He tends to do better by keeping the pace steady but very high. This does *not* (edit) usually make for the most exciting reports...
needless to say the next few days of the TdF are going to be fun to watch...

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Old 07-23-07, 08:08 PM
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This just in from the Clue Store:

there IS no 'next Lance'.

That is all.
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Old 07-23-07, 08:09 PM
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He's an amazing rider and has tons of power and skill, but I'm not quick to jump on bandwagons. I'm still rooting for the alien.
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Old 07-23-07, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
>>Bruyneel saying " Could be the 'next Lance' " over in the Velonews.com interviews.<<

If I had $100 for every time Johann had predicted this for one of his riders over the past several years I could replace Disco as their sponsor.
Unlike his last "next Lance" Tom Danielson, Alberto Contador can actually deliver the goods. You are right there is no next Lance but AC is, along with Andy Shleck, Thomas Dekker, and a few others, the future of our sport.
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Old 07-23-07, 08:25 PM
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BTW I give this thread about 10 more minutes before it gets moved to the TdF forum. Apparently we can no longer discuss pro racing on this forum during July.
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Old 07-23-07, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo View Post
Unlike his last "next Lance" Tom Danielson, Alberto Contador can actually deliver the goods. You are right there is no next Lance but AC is, along with Andy Shleck, Thomas Dekker, and a few others, the future of our sport.
There is no 'our' here you steer sucking putz. The only thing we share is our mutual disdain.

That being said, you remain on my Xmas card list.
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo View Post
BTW I give this thread about 10 more minutes before it gets moved to the TdF forum. Apparently we can no longer discuss pro racing on this forum during July.
I don't mind, it keep the idiots and drug trolls out.

btw - if bob roll, phil ligget, or paul sherwin parrot bruyneels 'contador is the fastest uphill accelerator in the peloton' line one more time, i'm going to send them a ted kaczynski package.
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Old 07-23-07, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo View Post
Unlike his last "next Lance" Tom Danielson, Alberto Contador can actually deliver the goods. You are right there is no next Lance but AC is, along with Andy Shleck, Thomas Dekker, and a few others, the future of our sport.
Dekker's not in the same league.
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When you guys say "the next lance" do you mean multi-year winner? If so, there have been alot of riders that have won 3+ and even 5 tdf's. Hitting 6 or 7 will happen again, but not for a while.
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Youth and the Disco doping program....yeehaw an' such.
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
I don't mind, it keep the idiots and drug trolls out.

btw - if bob roll, phil ligget, or paul sherwin parrot bruyneels 'contador is the fastest uphill accelerator in the peloton' line one more time, i'm going to send them a ted kaczynski package.
I always dislike those sorts of comments from those guys. Like when they talk about Rasmussen, they will mention that he gets rid of his water and bottle on climbs. Like no one else ever does it.
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
Dekker's not in the same league.
meow listen up. dekker is really good. take it back, botto. take it back right meow.
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Old 07-23-07, 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Snicklefritz View Post
One thing I like about Contador is that he can break his opponents with repeated attacks. That makes for exciting racing that is also easier for the public to "get". Guys like Levi are also talented (maybe not as much so) but he isn't as "exciting" of a racer. He tends to do better by keeping the pace steady but very high. This does *not* (edit) usually make for the most exciting reports...
needless to say the next few days of the TdF are going to be fun to watch...
I just can't get on the Levi bandwagon, he lacks a powerful presence. He doesn't exactly peg the excite-O-meter, unfortunately. I like the guy, but to be an endearing sports figure, one requires ATTITUDE.
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Old 07-23-07, 10:32 PM
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I just can't get on the Levi bandwagon, he lacks a powerful presence. He doesn't exactly peg the excite-O-meter, unfortunately. I like the guy, but to be an endearing sports figure, one requires ATTITUDE.
Exactly my point in saying that Contador's ability to attack repeatedly makes for a more exciting race.
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With apologies to Botto.

Haven't seen climbing like that since Pantani...hmmmm

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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
>>Bruyneel saying " Could be the 'next Lance' " over in the Velonews.com interviews.<<

If I had $100 for every time Johann had predicted this for one of his riders over the past several years I could replace Disco as their sponsor.

Links?

I am curious about whom he has said ths...
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Originally Posted by runtimmyc View Post
When you guys say "the next lance" do you mean multi-year winner? If so, there have been alot of riders that have won 3+ and even 5 tdf's. Hitting 6 or 7 will happen again, but not for a while.



At a minimum, 6 or 7 years....

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Looking at the results from Albi, Contador doesn't seem to be a top TT'er like LA.
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
He's an amazing rider and has tons of power and skill, but I'm not quick to jump on bandwagons. I'm still rooting for the alien.
He is, isn't he? Geez, when they showed a closer look at his face as he crossed the line with Contador, he looked like something from the Outer Limits. I've thought this to my self for a couple of years, but have never seen anyone else share that opinion until now.
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Originally Posted by NomadVW View Post
Because there's no thread with his name on it in the first page of the road racing forums, I'm posting one.

Bruyneel saying " Could be the 'next Lance' " over in the Velonews.com interviews.

Pretty bold statement, but I gotta admit that he's got charisma, excitement and ability. There's something much more fun about watching him race than I see in many of the big contenders throughout this year. More than just the TdF (so this doesn't get moved, damnit), Contador just plain rocks.
He must be doping! There... I said it before anyone else. Next unsubstantiated speculation.

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Originally Posted by botto View Post
Dekker's not in the same league.
Incorrect.

He's won the U23 TT WC, been Dutch TT champion, won the Tour of Romandie, and the Tour of de l'Avenir.
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Incorrect.

He's won the U23 TT WC, been Dutch TT champion, won the Tour of Romandie, and the Tour of de l'Avenir.
U23 means something, but it's not everything, hell Hushovd won the U23's in '98.

Dutch TT isn't that impressive to me. Just sayin'

As far as the week long stage races*, that's where he's suited for. Maybe the Vuleta one day.





*you forgot to include Tirreno-Adriatico
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Originally Posted by NomadVW View Post
Because there's no thread with his name on it in the first page of the road racing forums, I'm posting one.

Bruyneel saying " Could be the 'next Lance' " over in the Velonews.com interviews.

Pretty bold statement, but I gotta admit that he's got charisma, excitement and ability. There's something much more fun about watching him race than I see in many of the big contenders throughout this year. More than just the TdF (so this doesn't get moved, damnit), Contador just plain rocks.
VS aired prerace interview yesterday and i thought bruyneel was going to pee on himself as he seemed so excited to talk about AC being the next great TDF champ. later.
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