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Old 11-10-04, 05:43 PM
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Favorite rider(s)

Don's thread on Tchmil got me thinking. Who are your favorite rider(s) of ALL TIME? You can list your top three if you'd like.

All time:

Eddy Merckx
Claudio Chiappucci
Stephen Roche

Currently riding:

Damiano Cunego
Paolo Bettini
Jan Ullrich
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Old 11-10-04, 06:55 PM
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All time:
Fausto Coppi
Miguel Indurain
Marco Pantani

Current:
Alessandro Petacchi
Stuart O'Grady
Paolo Bettini
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Old 11-10-04, 07:13 PM
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brad mcgee (woulda been a great tour with him)
vinokurov (woulda been an even greater tour with him)
sylvain chavenal (the great french hope)
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Old 11-10-04, 07:17 PM
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Lance Armstrong

Eddy Merckxx

Marco Pantini

Yes i said lance
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Old 11-10-04, 07:28 PM
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I'm not gay or anything, but favorite is Felice Gimondi...

He always looked so elegant and composed in photos of him in the grand tours:
http://tinyurl.com/6re74

And he still looks great even today:
http://tinyurl.com/6x2hy
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Old 11-10-04, 07:57 PM
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1. Stephen Roche. He had absolutey the smoothest pedal stroke I have ever seen.

2. Sean Kelly. King of the hard men. My favorite story about Sean is the one about when he was boxed in between two riders in a sprint and he jumped his handlebars over theirs to get through them, causing a massive crash, and ending in his disqualification. The photo of that was unbelievable.

3. Roger de Vlaeminck. The coolest rider ever to ride a bike.

Current riders would be Freire, Hammond, Zabel, Celestino, Ekimov, and a bunch more.

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Old 11-10-04, 08:00 PM
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All time

Merckx
Kelly
Roche

Current

Rebellin
Bettini
Zabel
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Old 11-10-04, 09:04 PM
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Cipollini - The persona
Pantani - The rider and the tragedy
Cunego - The future
Basso - The present

Yes, I am biased towards Italian riders.
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All time: Anderson
Anderson
Anderson

Current: O'grady
Mcgee
Rogers

hmm, I think theres a common denomintor here somewhere!

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Old 11-11-04, 06:24 AM
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All time:
Sean Kelly -- Was there ever a tougher guy out there? Not in my estimation. Classy gentleman too.
Greg LeMond -- The first American hero. I'll never forget the '89 Tour, in which I actually broke into tears when he won the final TT, winning the Tour.
Mario Cipollini -- The coolest dude ever to ride a bike. What panache!

Current -- (excluding Cipo)
George Hincapie -- I know some Classics guys have better palmares, but I admire his selflessness in riding for Armstrong.
Erik Zabel -- Throwback and classy guy, and he rides the whole season.
Johan Museuww -- Technically retired, but one of the great hard men of cycling.
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Old 11-11-04, 08:39 AM
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Eddy
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Andy Hampsten for his ride up the Gavia pass.


Originally Posted by Hitchy
hmm, I think theres a common denomintor here somewhere!
Ya think?
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Old 11-11-04, 09:09 AM
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Greg LeMond: He opened my eyes to road cycling and we have to wonder if there would have been a LA without him.

Andy Hampsted: He won the freak'n Giro! How can you look at the photo of him with the snow caked on his body and not just be in awe of him. Also I have a soft spot for the entire 7/Eleven team, even Bobski!

Lance: Really any of us just has to love what this guy has done for American cycling and cancer survivors. Weather you think he's good or bad for the TdF he has done more to revive cycling in the US and turn us into a world power in cycling than any other Amrerican cyclist.
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Old 11-11-04, 09:29 AM
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Phil Anderson
Sean Yates
Ekimov
Lemond
Hincapie
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Old 11-11-04, 10:07 AM
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In no particular order, save one.

Major Taylor
Stephen Roche
Jeannie Longo
Museuww
Phil Anderson
Steve Bauer
Ekimov
Hampsten
Moser
Bartoli
Bahamontes
Anquetil
Joop Zoetemelk
Merckx (the dad)
Sean Kelly
Bobet
Sean Yates
Coppi
"Georgeous" George H.
Lance
Indurain
Gimondi
Graham Obree
...and all those brave enough to speak up about doping in the sport.

(Hell, let's just make it all of the original 7-11 boys. They broke the ground, in a sense even more so than Lemond or Boyer.)
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Old 11-11-04, 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by don d.
3. Roger de Vlaeminck. The coolest rider ever to ride a bike.
Yes, a great omission on my part. And while I'm at editing, I'll also ad Eric Vanderaaden.
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Old 11-11-04, 10:43 AM
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All time:
Eddy Merckx
Roger de Vlaeminck
Fausto Coppi

Current:
Paolo Bettini
Tom Boonen
Jan Ullrich
Erik Zabel
George Hincapie

I'm all conflicted.

Ok.

Magnus Backstedt.

And... Uh...

Cipollini. (& Vinokourov & PVP & Voigt & Chavanel & VanLooy & Poulidor & Pantani)

There.
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Old 11-11-04, 11:29 AM
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Lance-yes I wished he raced more but he plays the cycling game the way it is structured now
Tyler-I hope he is innocent
George H-testament to how good he could be but he still rides for Lance
Ekimov-will he ever stop?
Pantani-Angel of the Mountains
Basso-He is ready to win some big races
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Old 11-11-04, 01:46 PM
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All Time: Sean Kelly
Eddy Merckx
Robert Miller
Any one of a number of Flemish hard men, DeVlaeminck,VanHooedonk,Museeuw etc etc etc....

Current: Bettini
Zabel
OGrady
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Lance
Vino
Ullrich
Ekimov....i mean 13 tour finishes
Hincape
Hamilton
Mc Ewen...he does wheelies when crossing the line, just a cool guy
Cunego
Basso
......and the list could go on
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yah isnt that weird, lkance only does like three races not even. or maybe im wrong,
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Voigt (frankly most of CSC)
Horner
Mayo
Pettachi
Vinokurov
Cunego
Love watching Eric Saunders and Sierra-Ofoto on the US circuit
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Old 11-12-04, 07:06 AM
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All time:
Lucien Van Impe...KOM winner and for a Belgian, that's pretty good. Also TDF winner (finally)
Museeuw..I prefer to remember him as he was, not what it appears he turned into.
All of the Dutch climbers...not only is it funny to mention Dutch and climbing in the same sentence, but their fans REALLY started the party on the mountains in July. If you go to the Tour, look for Dutch fans and you have found the party.

Current:
Lance...as he survived cancer to dominate, arguably, the most difficult sport.
Simoni...the way he floats up the climbs
Landis...the "Mofo of the Mountains" not bad for a mountain biker
Chechu...who works harder???
Eki...maybe HE works harder
McEwen because he has the stones of a sprinter and, as Phil Liggett says, "he leaves the debris behind"

and last but not least...Salvatore Commesso...does anyone in the peloton work harder on his tan that Salvatore? Even if he goes in a break, the sleeves are rolled up to avoid those tan lines....
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Yeah, the people of my country ride in campers to Alpe d'Huez a couple days before the peleton arrives there. They just start drinking, barbecueing and partying. Just check out all the orange people on alpe d'huez, they are Dutch.
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Ludo Dierckxsens

I can relate.

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Originally Posted by lennyparis
Ekimov-will he ever stop?
Does anyone remember the alleged terms of his last contract with Postal? I may very well be wrong, but I remember it being for what I thought then was one hellava long tenure. This was like maybe 2 or 3 years ago. I have this vague recollection of it being either through 2007, or even "lifetime." I am not at all certain about either, but I remember a feeling of "Wow!" when I read about it. Jeesh, how old is he already, even if it's only through 2007?
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