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Who's your most disappointing grand tour rider?

Old 07-02-09, 07:31 AM
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Who's your most disappointing grand tour rider?

In terms of results that is.

When I started following pro cycling I was a Gianni Bugno fanboy -- kept on willing him to crack Big Mig, but he never could.

Today it's probably Levi--at one point I thought he might have what it took to be a contender, but unfortunately I think he's plateaued.
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Originally Posted by border reiver View Post
Who's your most disappointing grand tour rider?.

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In terms of results that is.

When I started following pro cycling I was a Gianni Bugno fanboy -- kept on willing him to crack Big Mig, but he never could.

Today it's probably Levi--at one point I thought he might have what it took to be a contender, but unfortunately I think he's plateaued.
wearing the maglia rosa from start to finish in the '90 giro wasn't good enough for you?

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Old 07-02-09, 08:29 AM
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1990 actually.

it was his dominating performance in that event that made me think he could win the TdF, hence the disappointment. But I didn't mean to imply that I did not and do not remain a fan--great one day rider too
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Originally Posted by border reiver View Post
In terms of results that is.

When I started following pro cycling I was a Gianni Bugno fanboy -- kept on willing him to crack Big Mig, but he never could.

Today it's probably Levi--at one point I thought he might have what it took to be a contender, but unfortunately I think he's plateaued.
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Old 07-02-09, 09:33 AM
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You beat me to it...So I'll pick Iban Mayo...
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Old 07-02-09, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by border reiver View Post
In terms of results that is.

When I started following pro cycling I was a Gianni Bugno fanboy -- kept on willing him to crack Big Mig, but he never could.


Today it's probably Levi--at one point I thought he might have what it took to be a contender, but unfortunately I think he's plateaued.
Not a big fan but at least he's been on the podium - my vote goes to Alejandro Valverde.
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Ivan Basso, so disappointed at this years Giro.
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Tyler Hamilton. Not because of his Grand Tour performances, but because of him getting busted for doping.

Edit: ... and how he handled it afterward.
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Cunego. Although he's probably been unfairly hyped as a grand tour contender when his strength seems to be the one-day races.
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abraham olano from the past and kloden from the present. klode has had some individual moments
of greatness here and there this decade. two great attacks: one in 2005 in the vosges where he got
pipped in a photo finish by peter weening, and another in 2004 where his brilliant counterattack ran out of
steam a meter or two before the finish with armstrong winning (the famous "no gifts" win) in the alps.
has consistently been in the top ten in time trials during the tour regardless of distance and is usually
in the top fifteen on mountain stages.

unfortunately, kloden seems to have had better form than some of those he was assigned to protect
(vinokourov, ullrich) certain years. by the time the respective directeur sportifs gave him the green
light, it was too late for him to exploit it. i don't blame kloden, just some of the teams/situations he's
found himself in. i feel that he could have won a grand tour given his tt & climbing ability had he
been on a quick step or rabobank this decade.
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Damn you stealing my thunder!
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Old 07-02-09, 11:38 AM
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I'm adding Landis. Watching his epic breakaway and then hearing he failed doping control crushed me.
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Damn you stealing my thunder!
In reality though isn't Tommy D just a disappointment all the way round? Not just in GT's but in general the guy's a total bust.
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Rico, I would love to see another rider with the explosiveness of Pantani but we all know where
that went.
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo View Post
In reality though isn't Tommy D just a disappointment all the way round? Not just in GT's but in general the guy's a total bust.
He won Tours in Georgia and Austria. As well as a Vuelta stage.

So, his career has not been a bust, but as someone with more potential than 95% of the pro peloton, I'd say he has deserved all of Dubbayoo's praise.
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Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
abraham olano from the past and kloden from the present.

Olano always had a few too many bad days. Good pick.

Kloden is fantastic in one-weekers. Too bad one-weekers don't pay the same respect as GT's. He'd be king of the world.

You either have to be a Classics/World's type, or a sprinter type, or a GT guy. One-week stage races have always been disrespected. As though they are purely for training towards other goals. It's BS.
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Rico, I would love to see another rider with the explosiveness of Pantani but we all know where
that went.
I feel like Contador is that guy.
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Olano always had a few too many bad days. Good pick.
Agreed. And from the same era Jose Marie Jiminez -- once touted to be Indurain's successor -- and definitely one of the most tragic -- RIP
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo View Post
You beat me to it...So I'll pick Iban Mayo...
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.
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Raymond Poulidor

Jan Ullrich is a close 2nd.

Oh the irony.
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Raymond Poulidor

Jan Ullrich is a close 2nd.

Oh the irony.
Nice...
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