Has Zabel lost the kick?

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by easyrider, Feb 17, 2003.

  1. easyrider

    easyrider New Member

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    It's a long way from July and the pursuit of the green jersey, but Zabel has been beaten by Rabobank's Oscar Freire the last two days. Are we seeing a changing of the guard? Or did we see it in le Tour last year?

    Just who are the top sprinters going to be this year?
     
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  2. steve

    steve Administrator
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    How old is Zabel now? 34? 35?

    Remember it is early in the season, he could come good later on
     
  3. maarten

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    He's getting older, he's getting better up hills and in the classics.
    Thats partly a choice and partly time which make him slower the last years. As a sprinter he's already on the way back a time, he's very consistent but he's rarely number one.

    That are choices he made which earnt him nice results in the World Cup and other.

    Cipo is also slower then a few years ago. But he compensates with a team which is a great machine that gives him the edge. Although when you consider pure speed and acceleration, the old cipo is gone and will never be back.
     
  4. kaj1973

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    I find it very well said of you, Maarten. I think Zabel is still a great racer. But because of his age he isn't that fast anymore.
    But when he is racing he is still finishing high in the ranking.

    Kaj
     
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