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09-13-14, 12:45 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,829
Posted By paperbackwriter

I felt sorry for Froome but Sky and Froome...

I felt sorry for Froome but Sky and Froome himself are as bad tacticians as it gets
09-12-14, 02:16 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,829
Posted By paperbackwriter

Froome's a fighter but a monotonous one. I mean,...

Froome's a fighter but a monotonous one. I mean, if he really only cares about the victory - and that should be the case for someone who was already 2nd in La Vuelta and who won the Tour - he...
09-10-14, 02:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,285
Posted By paperbackwriter

"Whined big time" is a bit exaggerated, isn't it?...

"Whined big time" is a bit exaggerated, isn't it? He simply said he asked others to work and they weren't interested, which is a shame considering Froome is the strongest rider he's faced in his...
09-09-14, 03:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,285
Posted By paperbackwriter

I'm not sure this logic would resonate with some...

I'm not sure this logic would resonate with some Contador's fans. Of course a win is a win but many people have their reasons for prefering Contador over riders like Evans/Valverde/Leipheimer and...
09-09-14, 11:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,285
Posted By paperbackwriter

He's not Eddy Merckx and Eddy Merckx is not him....

He's not Eddy Merckx and Eddy Merckx is not him. Who knows - perhaps Contador still wouldn't have been a great all-rounder had he been riding in the Merckx era. But it's just as possible that if...
09-09-14, 06:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,285
Posted By paperbackwriter

I assume you've only watched about 3 racing days...

I assume you've only watched about 3 racing days in your life. I can help you with your problem though:

Tour 2009. Contador attacks on Verbier >5 kms from the finish line...
08-28-14, 04:00 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,829
Posted By paperbackwriter

There'll be SPOILERS in my post Wow, last...

There'll be SPOILERS in my post


Wow, last kms today were pretty spectacular. I guess the fact that there were question marks over pretty much every favourite's form added to the excitement. As...
07-28-14, 05:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,136
Posted By paperbackwriter

Wasn't it only days ago when Cookson tried to...

Wasn't it only days ago when Cookson tried to avoid making a fuss about Menchov's sanction? Either you're open about doping or you're not; you can't choose what suits you at the given moment.
...
07-28-14, 04:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,256
Posted By paperbackwriter

1. Majka's performance in Alpes and Pyrenees. For...

1. Majka's performance in Alpes and Pyrenees. For Polish people it was really special as the only Polish stage win was 21 years ago.
2. Crashes. I can't help it but think "what if", two of the four...
07-25-14, 05:47 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,126
Posted By paperbackwriter

It wasn't beyond good. He put 1'12" into a guy...

It wasn't beyond good. He put 1'12" into a guy who was in a break the whole day on Wednesday (and admitted he was feeling bad on Hautacam) and came 6th in the Giro earlier this season. On two other...
07-24-14, 09:05 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,126
Posted By paperbackwriter

I love what Nibali did.

I love what Nibali did.
07-23-14, 10:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,246
Posted By paperbackwriter

Eddy Merckx should teach TJ a lesson :) Funnily...

Eddy Merckx should teach TJ a lesson :) Funnily enough, during rest day Kwiatkowski said: "Well, so what if TJ finishes in top 10 and I don't, it's hard to notice that he's in this race" (quoting...
07-22-14, 01:43 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,254
Posted By paperbackwriter

I meant 4+ in the whole race. Also, where...

I meant 4+ in the whole race.

Also, where have I said that Nibali is an undeserving winner? Luck is a part of it, just like bike handling skills and countless other factors. I've just said that...
07-22-14, 10:13 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,254
Posted By paperbackwriter

The field is really weak, it's not strange at all...

The field is really weak, it's not strange at all that he's dominating. You should start wondering when he outclimbs Froome, Contador or Quintana by 4+ minutes.
07-20-14, 04:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,151
Posted By paperbackwriter

As for the numbers: the minimum wage for a...

As for the numbers:
the minimum wage for a ProTour rider is around 40,000 euros and for a ProContinental rider - around 30,000 euros (or it was last time I checked). Below that level there's no...
07-20-14, 03:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,359
Posted By paperbackwriter

Haha, are you serious about Valverde? When it...

Haha, are you serious about Valverde? When it comes to GTs, he's only good in La Vuelta. He's never ridden the Giro and as for the Tour, he's pretty much Mr Bad Luck and the only constant is him...
07-18-14, 10:13 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,190
Posted By paperbackwriter

As for the Tour being more open, it was always...

As for the Tour being more open, it was always only wishful thinking.
The problem is, the Tour is the biggest event of the year and for the racing, it doesn't always mean positive things. In La...
07-14-14, 08:07 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,911
Posted By paperbackwriter

This s**cks for everyone. For Contador and...

This s**cks for everyone. For Contador and Tinkoff-Saxo obviously but also for Nibali - not the kind of rider who would like to win with two best GC riders out. IMO would be best if some outsider won...
07-13-14, 03:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 943
Posted By paperbackwriter

I think Contador isn't worried after yesterday....

I think Contador isn't worried after yesterday. It was an easy climb AND a first mountain stage and he himself said (of course, he might have been bluffing) that he didn't think he'll manage to drop...
07-11-14, 07:13 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,970
Posted By paperbackwriter

Since when critical thinking is a bad thing? No...

Since when critical thinking is a bad thing? No one is saying Froome is soft, no elite level cyclist can be called "soft" (yes, even Andy Schleck). But that does not mean he can't be thought of as...
07-10-14, 02:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 970
Posted By paperbackwriter

Actually for a flat stage it wasn't so boring....

Actually for a flat stage it wasn't so boring. The peloton seemed pretty nervous at few points, there were bad weather conditions, some splits... and the last kilometers were great too, compared to...
07-10-14, 02:04 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 6,164
Posted By paperbackwriter

Yeah, the last time he outclimbed an in form...

Yeah, the last time he outclimbed an in form Nibali was in 2011 Giro but since then they weren't even racing together until this season - and this season Nibali simply wasn't in form. And you could...
07-10-14, 01:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,970
Posted By paperbackwriter

Contador won his first Giro with a fractured...

Contador won his first Giro with a fractured elbow. Cadel Evans once finished the Tour with a fractured wrist - even though it must have been a humilating experience (he lost yellow because of this...
07-10-14, 02:52 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,655
Posted By paperbackwriter

Andy crashed and was forced to abandon because of...

Andy crashed and was forced to abandon because of a knee injury (he had a surgery yesterday or the day before).
Frank is just scared of the cobbles, I suppose. And bad weather. That's why he lost 8...
07-10-14, 02:41 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 6,164
Posted By paperbackwriter

I don't think there'll be rivalry between Sagan...

I don't think there'll be rivalry between Sagan and Kwiatkowski. The only chance for it are classics-like stages but in general Sagan made it clear his main rival is Kittel as his goal is green...
07-09-14, 04:34 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 6,164
Posted By paperbackwriter

But with such doubts we go into Andy Schleck...

But with such doubts we go into Andy Schleck teritory (he used to like to say that it's unfair when someone attacked him on the descent or in the rain). You know what Nibali said today? "I know how...
06-16-14, 05:23 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 9,505
Posted By paperbackwriter

Well, you can attract just as much attention in...

Well, you can attract just as much attention in training clothes. I like to ride in my running shorts, even though of course for longer distances it can be kind of painful. Anyway, they are pretty......
06-16-14, 04:43 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,269
Posted By paperbackwriter

If a helper from a team fighting for GC gets into...

If a helper from a team fighting for GC gets into the break, he usually doesn't work and we don't have any confirmation that Nieve was working - he probably wasn't. If Froome wasn't cooked, they...
06-14-14, 12:18 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,269
Posted By paperbackwriter

Well, more people might have missed this: ...

Well, more people might have missed this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibVr481vCIk
06-14-14, 09:24 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,269
Posted By paperbackwriter

Did he really make up any seconds? When Porte was...

Did he really make up any seconds? When Porte was at the front, the time difference was 18", it was 20" at the finish. I might have missed something but from what I thought - Froome indeed made up...
09-08-12, 01:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 722
Posted By paperbackwriter

It's always the same story with Purito. Did he...

It's always the same story with Purito. Did he really give it his all today? Was he even trying to win the race? Chances of gaining so much time on Contador in the last 3 kms were close to none, he...
09-06-12, 01:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 722
Posted By paperbackwriter

In 2010 we all expected big differences and while...

In 2010 we all expected big differences and while the stage was surely entertaining, top guys weren't really able to put much time into each other. Even Peter Velits didn't lose that much.
And...
09-06-12, 01:00 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,265
Posted By paperbackwriter

I'm sure Contador would eventually manage to put...

I'm sure Contador would eventually manage to put Sky train on fire.
Remember that he'd be in better shape than he's now (not lacking racing rhythm). And Sky aren't the greatest team when it comes...
09-05-12, 08:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,265
Posted By paperbackwriter

Whatever happens next, someone shows true...

Whatever happens next, someone shows true greatness here.
09-05-12, 04:57 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,884
Posted By paperbackwriter

Rodriguez won't demoralize Contador- Contador...

Rodriguez won't demoralize Contador- Contador lacks racing days but he's doing everything he can to make up for that. There are few (if any) GC riders who would be able to fight like him in his...
08-22-12, 12:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 831
Posted By paperbackwriter

It's easy to show good sportsmanship when you...

It's easy to show good sportsmanship when you already have the race in the bag.

Anyway, Movistar aren't complaining that Sky didn't wait. However not only Movistar but also other guys do complain...
08-19-12, 01:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 589
Posted By paperbackwriter

Anyway, I liked the technical course- even though...

Anyway, I liked the technical course- even though of course it was so short, it wasn't really important for the GC (only for Talansky, unfortunately). I'm glad that Contador and Purito lost next to...
08-13-12, 01:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 985
Posted By paperbackwriter

Not only San Luis- he also rode Eneco Tour (which...

Not only San Luis- he also rode Eneco Tour (which finished yesterday). What he achieved there was pretty amazing actually- despite the race being almost completely flat and despite 6 months of not...
07-16-12, 03:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,201
Posted By paperbackwriter

I guess they can't do much more- and it's a...

I guess they can't do much more- and it's a combination of a route that doesn't give many opportunities in the mountains and the race lacking both elite climbers and decent domestiques to back them...
07-14-12, 03:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,485
Posted By paperbackwriter

You do know that Basso won the Giro after his...

You do know that Basso won the Giro after his suspension, don't you? Plus he's 34 now so his decline is probably not only about doping.

And saying that AC won't be as good as in 2009-2010 doesn't...
01-11-12, 03:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 695
Posted By paperbackwriter

It's true sponsors probably prefer their biggest...

It's true sponsors probably prefer their biggest stars to ride the Tour but like they couldn't tell Contador to skip the Giro (even though it was obvious it would mess with his Tour) or they can't...
01-06-12, 05:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,298
Posted By paperbackwriter

It's probably unfair to call Andy "a second rate...

It's probably unfair to call Andy "a second rate GC contender"- if someone who can finish 2nd in the Tour for 3 years in a row is 2nd rate, then everyone apart from Contador is. Many DSes would kill...
12-15-11, 03:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,228
Posted By paperbackwriter

On the other hand, the advantage that doping...

On the other hand, the advantage that doping products can give now seems bigger than the gap in talent. If a rider like Kolobnev is caught and it's been a while since he actually won something, it's...
11-04-11, 04:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 772
Posted By paperbackwriter

I'm worried that Cobo will slip into mediocrity...

I'm worried that Cobo will slip into mediocrity again- he has a difficult character and who knows what will happen when he's forced to leave his favourite DS again. Would be a shame if the Movistar...
11-03-11, 09:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,088
Posted By paperbackwriter

I don't think it's such a bad thing that 1t4i...

I don't think it's such a bad thing that 1t4i will spend another season as Pro Continental. The team is going through some changes and they can't even reveal the sponsor yet- IMO it wouldn't be good...
10-25-11, 03:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 818
Posted By paperbackwriter

He will still win more than any other sprinter...

He will still win more than any other sprinter but less than with HTC. The combination of him not having the team built around him and new talents coming into the scene (well, I hope Guardini will...
10-15-11, 08:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 619
Posted By paperbackwriter

Whoever wins, Nibali is awesome.

Whoever wins, Nibali is awesome.
10-14-11, 11:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 742
Posted By paperbackwriter

It's really annoying that national federations...

It's really annoying that national federations take care of that, there's absolutely no consistency. Some are given two year ban, others one year, some are acquitted. In few cases WADA apealed the...
10-14-11, 11:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 619
Posted By paperbackwriter

Uran would be awesome. Or Samuel Sanchez, he's...

Uran would be awesome. Or Samuel Sanchez, he's been good in this race before but has yet to win. Anyone other than Gilbert would be pretty cool, his dominance is getting boring. Shame that toughest...
10-14-11, 10:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 712
Posted By paperbackwriter

Sorry, you're right about his age. How can you...

Sorry, you're right about his age.
How can you get your ban shortened through "good behaviour"? ;) And Ricco already had to appeal the original decision to have his ban reduced after 1st offence-...
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