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Who's your most disappointing grand tour rider?

Old 07-02-09, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
you do remember that euskatel-euskadi was about to lose euskatel as their sponsor at the end of '03, right?

bearing that in mind, his and zubeldia's results in the '03 tour shouldn't be such a big surprise.
And since then? What's the excuse?
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Old 07-02-09, 02:06 PM
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better testing
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Originally Posted by lotek View Post
better testing
coupled with the fact the Dr. Losa left EE.
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Old 07-02-09, 02:34 PM
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I'm disappointed that Wim van Sevenant is not riding this year.
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Old 07-03-09, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by TheKillerPenguin View Post
I'm adding Landis. Watching his epic breakaway and then hearing he failed doping control crushed me.
That was a disappointment
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Old 07-03-09, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by border reiver View Post
Agreed. And from the same era Jose Marie Jiminez -- once touted to be Indurain's successor -- and definitely one of the most tragic -- RIP

jose maria jimenez-maybe my favorite climber of all time; the guy could crush it when he was on
which was admittedly infrequently. wish i had the dvd of the vuelta (2001?) when he won several
mountaintop finishes. unfortunately, he was as fragile mentally as he was spectacular physically.
r.i.p. indeed...
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Old 07-03-09, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by rollin View Post
That was a disappointment

i named one of our kittens floyd right after the win.

back in the day when we were looking for "the next greg lemond" andy hampsten and then a young lance armstrong were disappointments.

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Old 07-03-09, 03:24 PM
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+1 for riccardo ricco
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Iban Mayo, but turns out he was doped out of his mind to do well.
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Old 07-03-09, 03:48 PM
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Old 07-03-09, 04:31 PM
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Old 07-06-09, 05:13 PM
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Cadel Evans.

Can't seem to get out of his own way, makes enemies wherever he goes. He seemed to have enough raw talent to win the Tour, though.
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Old 07-06-09, 05:28 PM
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bobby julich.
I like Bobby but I think he lucked into his '98 Tour place but was pretty much himself everywhere else.
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Cunego - thought he was going to be the next great GT rider. Now he's just a slightly above average GT rider.

And not truly a GT rider but I had big big hopes for Pineau. So far he hasn't quite lived up to my expectations.
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Old 07-06-09, 08:04 PM
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Dave Zabriskie has been lackluster.
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Old 07-07-09, 01:21 AM
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Alex Zulle.

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zulle had a couple of second places to indurain and lance in the tour de france.
not much shame there. he really shone in the vuelta winning it twice with a
second there too. didn't suck as a time trialist. seem to remember him doing
top 5 in the giro too. kinda lost out to rominger, indurain, bugno, armstrong,
pantani & ullrich during his career. not exactly the little sisters of the poor.
zulle was generally not as strong as those others with the exception of rominger
who got similar results.
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Old 07-07-09, 01:57 AM
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Sylvain Chavanel.. Long time ago, Bought his Bonjour jersey as s booster of the Mimosa rider.. Have to agree with CatV.. Long time ago many Americans had hopes Bobby might one day stand in Paris wearing Yellow.
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Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
Alex Zulle.

It just never happened.
his natural hematocrit must have been too high.
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