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  • lefthandside

    AMAZING. Even if I find out he had 3 bags of blood overnight – that was simply excellent. What a racer.

    • rocktheboat

      And therein lies the problem. Too many people looking the other way if/when the dark side has been employed. Same syndrome with Pantani who was every bit the drugs’ cheat that Armstrong was, heck he snuffed himself out with drugs. Yet he is revered in certain parts. Odd.

      I like Contador and I am pleased with what he did on the Angliru but be in no doubt he has an asterisk by his name and not just for the clenbutorol,, he was also implicated in Operación Puerto until the Spanish courts made it go away for him.

      • Michele

        Think you will find the hypocritical hatred that’s levelled at Armstrong [and not Pantani] is more to do with his bullying than anything else.

        • rocktheboat

          Don’t kid yourself with some romantic notion of Pantani being some flawed hero Michele, no difference between Armstrong and Pantani (as well as most of that era). All drugs’ cheats that should have their results expunged.

          In the case of Armstrong it’s the drugs and the lies, the titles he cheated his way too, the claims he made and then the subsequent admission. The bullying and the omerta is merely another confirmation of his character. The reason for the widespread antipathy is that his own people, Americans, do not forgive Armstrong and are first in the queue to throw him under the bus. By contrast many Italians still hold Pantani in reverence like some misjudged anti-hero and are in deliberate denial. Just look at his name scrawled all over the roads on the Giro for the evidence of that. As a drug cheat he is a shameful embarrassment so why on earth would you want to eulogise that?

          You have the same dynamic with Contador and Valverde in Spain, Jalabert and Virenque in France. Former two are not as heinous as the latter two but they have been to the dark side.

          • Michele

            Brilliant post Rocky.

            I’m amazed how you can derive so much about me and about how I view matters from my comments.

            It’s a gift. ????

            • rocktheboat

              A bit narcissistic to think I was commenting about you…

              • Michele

                Yeah, not sure why I thought that.

                After all, you did start your comment by saying:

                “Don’t kid yourself with some romantic notion of Pantani being some flawed hero Michele …”

                Very narcissistic of me.

                Sorry shippy.

  • Andrew

    Such a polarising rider through his career, but cannot help but feel such that cycling will be be losing one of the personalities in the time of droids

  • Luke Drummond

    I don’t understand all the love toward this guy. Sure, he will have a go and wants to win but for how long did he dope before getting caught? All his victories prior to being caught should be wiped.

    • Eric Crookston

      Fans don’t get up in arms over the clen due to the weird way in which WADA prosecutes it. Sometimes letting it get challenged and overturned, sometimes not prosecuting it at all. The love stems from him being an exciting rifer his entire career that always raced with panache. A quality that after tomorrow will be severely diminished in the peleton.

      • rocktheboat

        I like Contador and I am pleased with what he did on the Angliru but be in no doubt he has an asterisk by his name and not just for the clenbutorol,, he was also implicated in Operación Puerto until the Spanish courts made it disappear.

        • Michele

          Yes, we heard you the first time.

  • Ashok Captain

    Super riding! Zips up jersey before finish.Congratulations to the entire team (TREK included) and AC.

  • Larry @CycleItalia

    “A rider known to race on impulse and instinct rather than by what his power meter dictated,” Such a contrast to the guy (and team) who will be celebrating victory tomorrow. For now one can only wonder about the dodgy stuff they might be up to. The last time we saw an entire team dropping the GC contenders on big climbs it was BigTex and Co …and we all know how that turned out.

    • rocktheboat

      Poor comment Larry supposition full, fact-lite and ungracious. Bitterness oozing out of you. “Dodgy stuff”?! If you know something (unlikely) then put up, if you don’t (more likely) then shut up. Cheap, lazy words have no meaning.

      You also miss the irony. You acknowledge the performance of one (Contador) who does have a doping sanction yet denigrate one (Froome) who has nothing.

      Froome fully deserves his victory, he won two fine stages in fine style and showed courage and tenacity to battle through his bad days.

      • Michele

        Sky is a bit on the nose.

        Good news is they are addressing their shortcomings.

        I understand the Race Hub Sky introduced at the Vuelta came equipped with a filing cabinet and some USB Drives to back up their doctor’s very important medical data.

        Kudos to them.

        • rocktheboat

          The jealousy and envy knows no bounds. Exactly the same attitude as the indifference when Sky turned up with the smart team buses, the Jaguar support vehicles, the marginal gains, attention to detail etc etc. They set objectives to be winners, raised standards, set the bar high and what is the reaction? Moan, whine, bleat and deride winners instead of looking at themselves and their own shortcomings, seeking to learn and improve.

          It is the same formula and ethic that has seen Team GB cycling smash it for three Olympics in a row. Hard work, dedication and nurturing of talent. It won’t last forever and the Aussies are smart and determined enough to figure how to break that. Question is will the others (mainly Europeans) do the same or continue as they are to moan that there have to be subversive reasons behind the success rather than accede to the obvious.

          • Michele

            sky fan boy reply eh, boatman.

            • rocktheboat

              Hardly, I don’t do the fanboy thing for anything or anyone but I do react when I see unsubstantiated nonsense written as, sorry to say, you have very much contributed to. Instead of being gracious and recognising achievement, even if it doesn’t align with your own prejudices, you take the low road and denigrate with lazy, fatuous commentary. Worse still you then descend further into throwing out defamatory accusations like cheap confetti. Seriously naff and low budget.

              • Michele

                A bit narcissistic to think I was commenting about you…

                (See what I did there). ????

                • rocktheboat

                  Er speaky English? You ask if I am a ‘sky fab boy’ and I make a reply on that and nothing more in respect of moi?! Odd. Think you might be a few spokes light on your wheel.

                  • Michele

                    That’s exactly what I did leakyboat. A few spokes light on my wheel … that’s one way you could describe it.

                    You obviously don’t realise I was highlighting the absurdity of the post you made to me 10 minutes earlier. Here’s a reminder.

                    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0070ba63c0dbaa7cd5c1470cd2b71f215ea4ebc4034ae6932f6b532f8160f7a9.jpg

                    • rocktheboat

                      Think you hit the corner flag with that one. Was that a shot or a cross? Darned if I know. Increasingly odd.

                    • Michele

                      I reckon there’s a lot that you don’t know.

                    • rocktheboat

                      What a dumb statement of the obvious.

          • pedr09

            Sky are a great team no doubt but they have also been to the dark side.

            • rocktheboat

              When was that? Other than Jonathan Tiernan-Locke being sacked and sanctioned for failing UCI bio passport regulations, prior to joining them, I am not aware of any sanctions. Did I miss something?

            • Michele

              Agree.

              What they have achieved is remarkable, their commitment in pursuing their goals is unrivalled.

              They are an amazing professional outfit.

              However, they’ve made some serious missteps along the way, and DB has rightfully been scrutinised for it.

              Unfortunately his answers and attitude both with the media and in he parliamentary inquiries have done himself no favours.

              And unfortunately, there are those who who believe you are jealous/envious/bitter etc of SKY, or anti GB, for bringing such matters up.

      • Larry @CycleItalia

        “Miss the irony”? The irony about missing a fun-to-watch, never-say-die racer who has a dodgy past vs a robot-like guy who stares at his stem most of the time on a team with plenty of signs of dodgy stuff? The list is long – but no accusations from me, just disbelief tinged with dislike of this team’s sponsor, their ostentatious displays of wealth, “Can’t beat ’em? Buy ’em!” attitude, phony platitudes, opaque transparency, etc.
        I don’t doubt for a moment the riders on this team are nice-enough guys who are there because the pay is good and they know a racing career is short, but one can say the same about everyone involved with BigTex – with the obvious exception of Tex himself along with the team boss. Plenty of us “knew” BigTex and Co. was a house of cards but we really didn’t know until it all fell down.
        Sorry, but I can’t shake the same feelings about this latest juggernaut in pro cycling. And since neither you or anyone else can prove they’re NOT cheating, all I can do is wait-and-see.

        • rocktheboat

          Even more pathetic and desperate than your first post. Emotion full and objective lite. My advice to you is carry on watching, weaping and grasping for straws that aren’t there.

          You have cycleitalia in your user name. You want to talk about dodgy stuff then you need to look much closer to home both recent and long term history if you want to see what dodgy stuff is all about. Dr. Ferrari ring a bell? Chiapucci, Bugno, Pantani, Simeoni, Casagrande, Massi, Forconi, Frigo, Garzelli, Mondini, Sgambelluri, Simoni, Casagranda, Di Luca, Guidi, Basso, Garbini, Rinaldi, Trentin, Ricco (the most absurd of them all) +10-20 others. Systematic, long term and widespread performance enhancing drug abuse.

          This is irony 101…

          • Larry @CycleItalia

            It’s amazing how similar your comments are to what BigTex defenders used to say and write. But more importantly – my apologies to all. I never should reply to any post or snarky reply made by someone without the guts to put their own name to it. In this case I stupidly provided an excuse for this “rocksinhead” fellow to launch a series of rants. This is the kind of stuff that ruins comments sections all over the web. Again, my apologies.

            • rocktheboat

              You seem rather full of your own importance – “my apologies to all” – how self indulgent is that? You make a series of unsubstantiated statements and accusations, then I come along and point out all the holes and contradictions with no little irony so you reply with this rude and insult laden effort whilst trying to maintain some pretence of being on the high ground. Comical and lamentable in equal measure.

        • Peter Galaxy1

          Well Froome is as boring as you could ever wish for. Good for him if that is his style but it aint entertaining watching him nor listening to him. It is a shame to see cycling dominated by the biggest money team. Sends a bad message to kids. Should be a salary cap for starters.

      • ebbe

        If you’re deriding people for posting “fact-lite” posts, maybe you should stop posting posts which consist of mainly insults, and put some facts in your own posts? Just saying

  • David Beckwith

    Have I missed something? Has Alberto been dropping barrel bombs on innocent civilians? Really hard to get my head around the peculiar hatred there is out there for those who cheat at sport. That is not to say I condone it in any form, but some sense of proportion wouldn’t go astray. And just to make it easy for people, I’ll climb atop the huge pile of kindling and tie myself to the stake – bring your own flame thrower.

  • Andy B

    LEGEND

  • binotto

    Great photo Cor!!

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