Is Evans the new Zabel?

Discussion in 'Professional Cycling' started by thunder, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2004
    Messages:
    16,131
    Likes Received:
    115
    Also Zabels record of classification victories (6 times Points winner in the TDF)
    suggests that Evans has some way to go before he can even considered with the likes of Zabel.
    Add the number of wins by Zabel.

    Zabel is one of the all time great cyclists.
     


  2. Runitout

    Runitout New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2005
    Messages:
    197
    Likes Received:
    0
    Agreed that all are sullied by the brush, even if they don't jump into the tin of paint. But Thunder, by your quote above, I assume you mean to say that McGee and Gilbert are clean.

    I hope you aren't basing that view purely on their stated opinions. Things aren't always what they seem.

    It's true - if a cyclist doesn't condemn the dopers, he's unlikely to be clean. But those who shout loudest and proudest are sometimes the same ones doing Lady Macbeth impersonations at nights.

    Hope a real cyclist wins LBL.

    Cheers
     
  3. thunder

    thunder New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2006
    Messages:
    3,214
    Likes Received:
    0
    re: Mcgee and Gilbert.

    got some decent inside information lines on those guys.

    You are right tho, if you are a nice guy, speak English, you can develop a purely arbitrary reputation as a clean rider.

    See: Hamilton. Landis.

    Even Mancebo.

    It is very arbitrary. Well, not completely, those factors mentioned above, inform the function of "known to be a clean rider" :D
     
  4. strummer_fan

    strummer_fan New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2004
    Messages:
    239
    Likes Received:
    0
    Zabel continues to be extremely competitive at an age when many riders have already retired. As Lim points out, his Palmares are extremely impressive.

    He won stages last year (2007) in the Tour De Suisse, the Deutschland Tour, and the Vuelta. He beat sprinters including Bennati, Freire, and his teammate Petacchi.

    Evans is the new Poulidor, not the new Zabel.
     
  5. Crankyfeet

    Crankyfeet New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2007
    Messages:
    10,821
    Likes Received:
    0
    Let's see how he goes in this year's TdF. It's the first time he's been favorite. A couple of year's ago, he wasn't even mentioned as a chance. Last year he was hardly mentioned as a favorite. Nobody picked him as their likely winner of the Fleche Wallonne, yet he almost won it.

    Already we are branding him as a proverbial bridesmaid and non-deliverer of expectations when in reality, we've hardly had any expectations it seems.
     
  6. Cobblestones

    Cobblestones New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2007
    Messages:
    592
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hey, maybe he wins it this time. Then he'd be the new Zoetemelk! Go Cadel!
     
Loading...
Loading...