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    It's a good year in cycling

    Especially because Contador seems to be back at his best, placed 2nd in the GC of two one-week tours this year, and won the Tirreno-Adriatico. Also both of its mountain stages, on the queen stage he attacked 20 miles from the finish, collected the remnants of the breakaway along the way, didn't bother to ask them to share the pace setting but did it all on his own. It looked like racing in the time of Eddy Mercks.

    Froome didn't feature much this year yet, and I hope the praying mantis will be beaten at this year's TDF. It's boring to watch him being dragged by his team to within a mile of the finish, and then at long last to go on his own. A man like Contador who always attacks and doesn't need a team can lay waste to this sort of strategy.

    Today he won the first stage of the Tour of the Basque Country and took a commanding lead. This one has only mountain stages and a hilly time trial at the end where Contador also excels, best changes he's gonna win the GC. He's changed his style, though. Gone is the dancing up the climbs, now he turns a big gear.

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    Not 100% sure about your hero Contador, but I hope the TDF is a bit more competitive this year.

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    Giro starts in Belfast.

    Tour starts in Yorkshire.

    I wonder where the Vuelta will start. Southern Paraguay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainfall
    Especially because Contador seems to be back at his best...


    So, it's a "good year in cycling" when a talented and known cheater is on form?



    By that reckoning 2010 with Armstrong in the tour was a great year...




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    Cheating is when hundreds of thousands of spectators line the mountain tops, and millions watch on the TV stages of Grand Tours with a profile like the teeths of sharks, and nothing happens to mix up the GC. With Contador in the peloton, this doesn't take place.

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    He's won the Basque Tour, finishing 2nd in the closing time trial 7 seconds behind Tony Martin. Even if Chancellara who rides the spring classics wins Paris-Roubaix tomorrow, he can't overtake Contador as leader of the UCI World Tour.

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    I had a great ride today. The fact I rode at all was nothing short of a miracle.

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    ^ How far did you manage in that weather, Chaz?

    40 miles through the Surrey Hills for me this afternoon.

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    I did 24 km. First time out in 2 months. I had a fall and did some damage to a knee and a shoulder. One of the most bloody frustrating things about getting older is the longer recovery times.
    Well done on the 40 Surrey hills. Will be back in July for a month or so. Might need a beer recovery sesh.*

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    Alberto Contador said this week he's not afraid of anyone. Chris Froome better not take his eyes off of him during the weekend mountain stages. Froome has a 12s lead over Contador heading into Stage 7 (the queen stage).


    Excellent advice, but Froome couldn't do anything about Contador's attack on the queen stage, and the Spaniard took the yellow jersey with now 8 sec to his advantage. This year's Dauphiné sees the first meeting of the big three, Froome, Contador, and Nibali. Nibali fell short early on, but the other two matched each other step for step. Froome won the initial time trial and the mountainous 2nd stage, Contador finished second in both these stages with only 12 seconds behind.

    Due to the car race today the 7th stage was not yet on Eurosport, it'll be broadcast tomorrow 22:00 Thai time. One hour later the 8th and concluding stage of the Dauphiné, followed by the first two stages of the Tour the Swiss, the other TDF rehearsal. Wiggins' there and the big favourite. Gotta be interesting in team Sky if Froome doesn't win the Dauphiné, and Wiggins takes the Switzerland race.

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    never heard of the chap who won the dauphine, didnt see that coming and never did cuntador obviously with his bizarre tactics

    im just gutted my man qunitana isnt in this year's tour, as long TT's withstanding, he would fucking woop everybody's ass

    personally dont like either wiggins or froome. wiggins is a moody twat but froome has gone way down in my estimation with his perfectly timed extracts from his rather early autobiography, slagging off wiggins and dropping down to his level.

    still, we can all celebrate another non-french winner
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    It's also a good year in watching paint dry.


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