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Old 08-07-17, 09:43 PM   #1
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Adios Alberto

Retiring after the Vuelta

Alberto Contador to retire after Vuelta a Espana | Cyclingnews.com

I used to root against him, but over the years his guts and determination won me over. He has arguably been the most interesting GC rider of the post-Lance era.
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Sad to see him go. He still had some left in this year's TdF but you could also tell hi time was coming to an end.
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One of the most watchable riders in cycling during the last decade, sad to see El Pistolero go.
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I'll miss watching him.
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The Vuelta is letting him wear #1.
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I'll miss Alberto. I was hoping to see him one more time at Paris - Nice and the Tour. I've enjoyed watching that face as he climbs.
Good luck to him.
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plenty of difficult finishes and mountains crammed into this year's edition of the vuelta. i wouldn't
bet against bertie winning (at least) one stage.
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maybe he will return in team management.
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Alberto Contador rode a stage of the 2010 (?, the year Andy Scheck had his famous bad shift) that will forever mark him in my book as a rider with smarts and pure grit. I look at his ride that stage as the ride of a true winner though his placing barely registered.

It was the early stage with some of the Paris Roubaix cobbles. Contador got caught behind a crash. Another rider hit his rear wheel and slightly damaged it. Once free, Contador set about minimizing the damage and there was a lot. Andy Schleck was way up the road surrounded by a large part of his team and they knew their biggest rider was minutes back. Contador chased for hours mostly alone, caught a group that wasn't hostile, went to the front and powered it. The whole time, his rear wheel was getting worse. It had started rub on the brake shoe before he reached that group. Eventually it was rubbing so much he could no longer work and finally fell out of the group shortly before the finish.

Now, Contador had a choice. He could have simply waited for a replacement wheel. But on Paris Roubais cobbles? Anyone with experience knows that due to the very limited abilities of the team cars and even the neutral support cars to be everywhere on those roads, he might well be waiting 2 to 5 minutes. If that happened, Tour over. So he gutted it out and chased. And in catching that group far up the road, then becoming their driving force, at least while he could, he finished seconds behind that group and 1 minute behind Andy Schleck and his group! That was perhaps Contador's biggest ride in a Grand Tour and nobody noticed. I was a fan before, but that made me a believer.

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Two great animators of a race gone this year...Tommy Voeckler and Alberto Contador. Wasn't always a fan, but I will miss them both.
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so long Alberto!
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oh we are celebrating dopers now ? cool
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haven't we always? in every sport?
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Alberto Contador rode a stage of the 2010 (?, the year Andy Scheck had his famous bad shift) that will forever mark him in my book as a rider with smarts and pure grit. I look at his ride that stage as the ride of a true winner though his placing barely registered.

It was the early stage with some of the Paris Roubaix cobbles. Contador got caught behind a crash. Another rider hit his rear wheel and slightly damaged it. Once free, Contador set about minimizing the damage and there was a lot. Andy Schleck was way up the road surrounded by a large part of his team and they knew their biggest rider was minutes back. Contador chased for hours mostly alone, caught a group that wasn't hostile, went to the front and powered it. The whole time, his rear wheel was getting worse. It had started rub on the brake shoe before he reached that group. Eventually it was rubbing so much he could no longer work and finally fell out of the group shortly before the finish.

Now, Contador had a choice. He could have simply waited for a replacement wheel. But on Paris Roubais cobbles? Anyone with experience knows that due to the very limited abilities of the team cars and even the neutral support cars to be everywhere on those roads, he might well be waiting 2 to 5 minutes. If that happened, Tour over. So he gutted it out and chased. And in catching that group far up the road, then becoming their driving force, at least while he could, he finished seconds behind that group and 1 minute behind Andy Schleck and his group! That was perhaps Contador's biggest ride in a Grand Tour and nobody noticed. I was a fan before, but that made me a believer.

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oh we are celebrating dopers now ? cool
I'm so tired of this argument.
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Contador good buy

I was never a fan, I always thought that he was a wheel sucker who would save his energy behind the strong cyclists and poor on the power at the end of a big mountain race.
This year now that his strength has gone due to age I came to finally respect him.
I saw him fighting with all he had even though he could not win the race.
This is the face of a champion.
The new young cyclists have some big shoes to fill to replace someone like Alberto.
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Old 08-17-17, 04:36 PM   #17
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Adios. He earned a lot of respect in this year's TdF.
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plenty of difficult finishes and mountains crammed into this year's edition of the vuelta. i wouldn't
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Good prediction
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