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Old 03-17-15, 03:26 PM
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Your Favorite Pro Cyclist (current/times past)??

Threads like this have been started before. I browse this sub-forum but rarely post.

So here's mine as of now:

Favorite American: Tejay van Garderen. (just because), Greg Lemond is a close second.

Favorite International: Bradley Wiggins. Chris Hoy, another second for me. Jens Voight is up there, too.

Floyd Landis... because he actually admitted what he did... on his own!!

Danny Macaskill: I want his autograph (google him!).


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I like Sean Yates; he was a tough rider.
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Irish........Seán Kelly
Others........Cadel Evans

Of those riding now, Gilbert, Dan Martin.
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Old 03-18-15, 09:50 AM
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Past: LeMond, Kelly, Hinault
Present: Cavendish, Contador, Quintana

I guess I like attacking riders.
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Almost a day has gone by, and no mention of Eddy Merckx yet?

Sure, he doesn't get any "underdog" points, but he worked hard and put a lot of thought into his bikes and riding, which I dig. And at nearly 70, he still rides a healthy amount.
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Originally Posted by jyl View Post
Past: LeMond, Kelly, Hinault
Present: Cavendish, Contador, Quintana

I guess I like attacking riders.
I was a big Chiappucci fan.

I liked Ullrich, too. Anyone who binges on beer, cake and recreationals in the off-season is ok by me. I wish people could still actually win major bike races with that kind of ethos.
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Old 03-18-15, 11:57 AM
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Hinault. You have to love a guy who would jump off his bike, and throw a decent punch at a jackass spectator---which the Badger did on more than one occasion.
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Originally Posted by Leinster View Post
I was a big Chiappucci fan.

I liked Ullrich, too. Anyone who binges on beer, cake and recreationals in the off-season is ok by me. I wish people could still actually win major bike races with that kind of ethos.
Just imagine how successful Ullrich could have been with a little more personal character/discipline. He was an incredible talent, but personal demons got in the way of being extremely successful. What a shame. He just could not muster enough discipline at controlling his demons, especially in the off-season.
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Old 03-18-15, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Jed19 View Post
Just imagine how successful Ullrich could have been with a little more personal character/discipline. He was an incredible talent, but personal demons got in the way of being extremely successful. What a shame. He just could not muster enough discipline at controlling his demons, especially in the off-season.
If liking a couple of beers and a 2nd helping of desert, and popping out to the occasional rave, is the only "demons" he has to deal with, I think he's gonna be fine. An objective pshychologist might be a bit more concerned about the obsessive and controlling behaviour (Lance) or self-destructive behaviour (Pantani) of some of his old rivals.
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Originally Posted by Leinster View Post
If liking a couple of beers and a 2nd helping of desert, and popping out to the occasional rave, is the only "demons" he has to deal with, I think he's gonna be fine. An objective psychologist might be a bit more concerned about the obsessive and controlling behaviour (Lance) or self-destructive behaviour (Pantani) of some of his old rivals.
No, a couple of beers and 2nd and 3rd helping of desert was not what I am talking about. It is the ridiculous weight yo-yo and lackadaisical attitude towards training and refusing to take his job seriously as a top-notch cycling professional.
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I'm really new to watching pro cycling and for some reason I've gravitated towards Contador. I Like climbing (not that I'm good at it) and I love watching his style of riding out of the saddle.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Almost a day has gone by, and no mention of Eddy Merckx yet?

Sure, he doesn't get any "underdog" points, but he worked hard and put a lot of thought into his bikes and riding, which I dig. And at nearly 70, he still rides a healthy amount.
I'm partial to Martin Vandenbossche. Without him Merckx would still have won the TDF in 69 and most likely still have won stage 17, but not by minutes with a solo break of 140 Kms. Without Martin as his insurance policy that would have been to great a risk.

For forgotten man points Felice Gimondi is a favorite also. If he had not had a career that covered exactly the same time frame as Eddy or was not Italian he would be in all the conversations about the best ever. Only 3 riders have won all 3 Grand Tours, the Worlds and Paris Roubaix and everyone else who knows anything about cycling knows the other 2.
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Old 03-20-15, 05:48 PM
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I also have a soft spot for Rudi Altig because of the 1962 Tropheo Baracchi.

CiclismoPassion- a passion for cycling history: TROFEO BARACCHI 1962.avi

Especially some of the echos. Some writers consider it humiliating for Anquetil, others call the performance of ANQUETIL one of the most impressive in cycling because anyone can push through when they are 'on' it is how a man performs when he totally 'off' that is the true test of a man.

After all most of the time when they talk of hitting the wall it is only figurative!
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no one favorite but a few here and there: pantani, ullrich, virenque, jose maria jimenez, laurent jalabert, zabel and kloden.
modern day-contador, valverde and gilbert.
the most exciting had to be vinokourov. what a crazy!
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Greg LeMond. Great rider and real gentleman. Met him briefly back in the day and he just impressed me as an overall great guy.
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Originally Posted by Caretaker View Post
Irish........Seán Kelly
Others........Cadel Evans

Of those riding now, Gilbert, Dan Martin.
Read an article in Lava Magazine. Superior magazine about all things triathlon. Kelly is a major proponent to lift Armstrong's lifetime ban.

I agree with him.

To answer the original question, old time fav Lucien van Impe. Had several opportunities to train with him because a team mate was friends with him. Belgian who won six King of the Mountain designations, and then won the Tour.

Newer riders, Contador for Grand Tours. He just rides and he is always there. I also have never seen a rider who stands up more than him. Never looks flustered.

Classics...Cancellara. Along with Boonen, has done the Flanders-Paris-Roubaix double twice, Even Eddy can't say that. Cancellara stays out of trouble, quietly goes about his business of winning.

Also Sagan.

Frankly, the real fun went out when Jens called it quits. I really liked watching him.

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i took a liking to Sagan after he grabbed that podium girl's you-know-what. i always thought it would present an awful temptation.
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I really like Niki Terpstra, on the road and the track.
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Since I love to climb ( at 125 lbs ) , my favor rider is Marco Pantani . I just love the way he could dance away from his rivals any time during the race .
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Originally Posted by roadwarrior View Post
Read an article in Lava Magazine. Superior magazine about all things triathlon. Kelly is a major proponent to lift Armstrong's lifetime ban.
I agree with him.
That's news to me.

Aren't you mixing up the great Sean Kelly with the not so great Sean Yates?
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Originally Posted by mapeiboy View Post
Since I love to climb ( at 125 lbs ) , my favor rider is Marco Pantani . I just love the way he could dance away from his rivals any time during the race .
Yes, Pantani is my favourite too. His aggression and guts up Mont Ventoux in 2000 are reason enough.

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Originally Posted by Caretaker View Post
That's news to me.

Aren't you mixing up the great Sean Kelly with the not so great Sean Yates?
Neither, but my error. It's actually Stephen Roche. Tour winner.

If you want to read the article...

Half of Tour de France winners say Lance Armstrong should get his seven titles back | road.cc

I agree with them and Roche.

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