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Last Post 09/16/2013 10:04 AM by Ronald Gibson. 22 Replies.
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Inferno7

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09/14/2013 03:37 PM
I mean c'mon, did that just happen? Could not have shot it for a movie any more dramatically. The battle, the kill, the parade. +1 Cerv
Orange Crush

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09/14/2013 05:10 PM
Posted By CERV __ on 09/14/2013 01:40 PM

I gained even more respect for Nibali. He is a true champion, put it 100% on the line, rode to win, and gave it everything he had.

Absolutely agree. Until today I was lukewarm on Nibali but he's won me over as a fan.
Ride On

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09/15/2013 08:26 AM
Nibali's attack was great. Made for a great last stage but from a tactics don't seem sound. He of course had good legs yesterday. He only needed 3 seconds. He has proven he can out sprint Horner. Why not have the team pull in everyone and go for the time bonus for first? Sure sure it would have been a non manly way to win.

His attack got him lots of fans but not the win. If he had attacked with 1K to go he probably would/might have gotten the win.

I applaud his attack from far out, but he acted like he needed to make up 1 min not 3 sec. If you are going to win I respect the way you win. Style points count.
Inferno7

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09/15/2013 09:48 AM
He didn't have the entire team pull because they would have slowed him down. He had two teammates and they couldn't hang either. What makes you think the guys on the team who can't climb, could suddenly climb the steepest climb in a GT? The stage came down to the final 5 K and no "team" was going to be at the front pulling at that point.
Master50

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09/15/2013 11:23 AM
Chris has earned my unqualified praise. I have always seen him as a top rider under the clean heading. He did have an odd career path but the talent was always there. A credible if long time coming victory. He was also very luck that race profile so suited his talents. Another TT and different result.
jacques_anquetil

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09/15/2013 08:53 PM
what master said. youse guys are too cynical. there's no way he'd resort to preparation, given the risk.
Cosmic Kid

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09/15/2013 09:07 PM
I dunno, Jacques.....I think you can argue that the risk was too great not to "prepare".....last year of his contract with no significant results the last 2 years and spending almost all of this year injured.

It was "all or nothing" for Horner. If he didn't get a result, he was out of a job. H had nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain.

He will now get a contract for at least another year, and should be a fairly decent paycheck.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
RNDDUDE

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09/16/2013 10:04 AM
I have to agree with Master and Jacques also....with one caveat: IF we are talking the known PED protocols from the past, way too risky for him to use, so I must disagree with the Kid that he had nothing to lose, recent history shows quite the contrary. BUT, given that new substances are constantly being developed, I cannot rule out the possibility of a relatively test-free, risk-free, new protocol that might be very enticing to use. But until such substances are exposed and linked to him, I have to give him the benefit of the doubt, and say this Vuelta was the perfect set of circumstances for CH to excel.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistant one. -Albert Einstein
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