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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:05 pm 
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Mara has always been a pure climber...she laid down a great attack on the final climb of that race and built a big enough lead that she was almost able to take the gold.


Maria has battled eating disorders for a long time, something that has a significant detrimental effect on her career. She most likely would be stronger, happier and fitter a few kilos heavier. For women operating at such a low body fat percentage the associated female athlete triad of related conditions is definitely not healthy and most definitely has repercussions for both her current and future health after retirement.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:20 pm 
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Erm, being that thin works!
She won the Giro Rosa twice.

Yes, there are issues, and yes, there are races were it can be a hindrance. But it works.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:32 am 
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Let's see how Kennaugh goes once he moves on from Sky and the pressure's on.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:21 am 
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Contador's legacy. To me, he is/was by far the most exciting and entertaining GC contender of the past decade. I am a bit conflicted by the clen incident, but I am sorry to see him go.

Discuss.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:47 am 
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Badluck for Rowe, fractures to his Tibia and Fibula on a bachelor party.
https://www.teamsky.com/article/luke-ro ... ry-lay-off
I wonder if badluck injurys like this could be prevented if cyclist try other "heavier impact" sports more often to strengthen te bones.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:08 pm 
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dj97223 wrote:
Contador's legacy. To me, he is/was by far the most exciting and entertaining GC contender of the past decade. I am a bit conflicted by the clen incident, but I am sorry to see him go.

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Definitely an exciting/ attacking GC rider. Even as he lost his step the last year he still didn't stop attacking (2017 Paris-Nice) and that dancing on the pedals style will certainly be missed!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:44 pm 
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Regardless of weight, if she was at least a competent descender she might have a gold medal in her trophy case.

thePrince wrote:
Mara has always been a pure climber...she laid down a great attack on the final climb of that race and built a big enough lead that she was almost able to take the gold.

If she weighed more, doubtful she would have put that kind of time into the field, and also doubtful those extra kilos would have translated to being able to hold off a chase group containing the strongest overall rider in the field and two trade-team teammates. Maybe, but doubtful.

When you say "saddest", are you suggesting it was pathetic...or are you feeling sympathy for an athlete who laid it all out there and came up meters short from winning a gold medal?


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prebsy wrote:
dj97223 wrote:
Contador's legacy. To me, he is/was by far the most exciting and entertaining GC contender of the past decade. I am a bit conflicted by the clen incident, but I am sorry to see him go.

Discuss.


Definitely an exciting/ attacking GC rider. Even as he lost his step the last year he still didn't stop attacking (2017 Paris-Nice) and that dancing on the pedals style will certainly be missed!


Yeah he still put up really good results this year regardless. Probably a better decision to hang it up now but physically, he could go on a couple more years and do well in 1 week races and be a key lieutenant for whoever in Grand Tours.

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He makes it look so easy.

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True, but it's hardly a world class sprinting field he's beating (no disrespect to Groeneweggen)

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:41 pm 
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True, but it's hardly a world class sprinting field he's beating (no disrespect to Groeneweggen)


Not sure it's fair to sell him that short...
Kittel, Greipel, Groenewegen, Viviani, Demare... not to mention all the second tier guys like Van Avermaet, Renshaw, Gilbert, Van Poppel, etc...


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The sprintfield is indeed pretty strong, but this sprint got pretty much disorganised by the crash, think some sprinters where still behind it.


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Who needs a leadout lol

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:40 am 
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Don't be conflicted about Contador and clenbuterol if you appreciated his of racing from 2007-2015. Clen does not even scratch the surface. Just appreciate the racing for what it was and leave it at that.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:55 am 
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petepeterson wrote:
Just appreciate the racing for what it was and leave it at that.


lol that's what Landis and Zabriskie told the fans when invited to Leadville

and perhaps they should've added "but obviously there's a red line one can't cross, that's why Lance can't and shouldn't participate" :lol:

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