Contador - I Will Never Admire Armstrong

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  1. TheDangerMan

    TheDangerMan New Member

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    Well I did show you a link which had the independent, International Monetary Fund (IMF), saying Ireland has the worst recession in Europe, so I don't know why you are still denying it.

    I suspect the whole event this year would have been scrapped if Armstrong wasn't coming. He's likely saved it for you. You should be grateful instead of down playing everything he does. I don't know what he wrong with you people.
     


  2. limerickman

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    Wrong again.
    In February 2009, organisers that there would be a 5 day race.
    Your man confirmed his participation in the race in January 2009.

    In May 2009, it was announced that the race had been shortened by 40%.

    Commerical reality is that sponsors go to where there is the best coverage and profile.
    Sponsors are just not interested in ToI.

    The irony is hilarious.
     
  3. TheDangerMan

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    It's not wrong. If he wasn't already booked it would probably have to be scrapped. Armstrong has saved your national tour - you owe him an eternal debt.
     
  4. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

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    He announced that he would race ToI, in January 2009.

    The organisers said the race would have 5 stages in February 2009

    The race was shortened in May 2009 by 40%.

    Ironic.
     
  5. beloki

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    he is better than LA he won the Giro and Vuelta which autmatically I pput ahead of LA. Wining one race only deosnt impress me enough
     
  6. slovakguy

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  7. TheDangerMan

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    I suspect it is one of Armstrong's regrets that he missed out those tours completely to foucs entirely on the tour de france. He could have quite easily won them in his prime. The riders who do win those tours are always way down in the Tour de France.

    I wonder if he will have a proper go at one of them next year, injury free.
     
  8. gtm

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    & on the 6th day Lance saved the Tour of Ireland after the iri****es had spent all their money on a recession. On the 7th day Lance rested (in the Bahamas)
     
  9. beloki

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    the vuleta is harder than the TDF
     
  10. gtm

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    He showed up the Giro this year - finished 12th (16 minutes down on the winner).
     
  11. TheDangerMan

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    Yeah I know that. After he broke his collar bone he was never going to compete in it. He used it to get up to fitness and prepare for the Tour. That's why I was wondering if he will have a proper go at it next year without injury.

    As you know, the Giro winner was way down the listings at the Tour de France.

    At any rate, i'm not saying Armstrong could easily win the Giro now, but he certainly could at his prime. He must regret not doing so. But I suppose Contador only did so because his team was suspended from France.
     
  12. gtm

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    He won 2 Grand Tours last year - no mean feat & certainly something Armstrong never attempted to do.
     
  13. TheDangerMan

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    Yes, because he team was banned from the Tour de France. Like I said.

    Given that the ToF comes bang smack in the middle of the other main tours, it's not something those looking to win the Tour de France would usually try to do. They might use it to gain fitness or something, but they wouldn't be in contention. You'll note that Contador did not enter those tours this year - after the ban was lifted.
     
  14. limerickman

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    No, he couldn't.

    Nor did he.

    No, they don't.

    Indurain won both races, twice, in successive season.
    Pantani won both races in the same season.
    Fignon finished 2nd in the Giro, and won the TDF in the same season.
    Merckx won the Giro and the TDF in the same season.

    The really great riders can and do compete in both races in the same season
     
  15. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

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    The same team your man joined.:confused:
     
  16. TheDangerMan

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    It's very rare - it's something from a different era now. I doubt if Contador will try to do it. The Tour has become so difficult to win, in large part due to Armstrong transforming the preperation for it, that it now goes without saying that riders will not attempt to win the ToF and another grand Tour in the same season.
     
  17. TheDangerMan

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    Yes?
     
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    Contador saying that he never has and never will admire Armstrong strikes me as "the pot" saying that it never has and never will admire "the kettle" because it's too black. That's just my opinion.
     
  19. limerickman

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    There seems to be a complete breakdown in communication.
     
  20. thebluetrain

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    Menchov rings a bell.
     
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