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russianbear
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by russianbear

Purito to come in 2nd at the Vuelta.

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by ultyguy

Haha! If there's a way for Purito to come 2nd, he'll find it.

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by dereksmalls

hna wrote:
ave wrote:There is already a backup plan with Porte, no?


I would rather have Wiggo as backup than Porte with all the problems he has had this season.


Ditto. Also Brad has shown his worth on the cobbles as well so he will be a help there, and also if he makes the team, maybe even a hope for the stage. It's only one stage but the old cliche of you can lose the Tour there comes into play

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by mjduct

ave wrote:There is already a backup plan with Porte, no?


Porte is a 1-2 climbing stage pony, then he gets dropped the next day. Remember when garmin put Froomey on his own for half a stage last year? Where was Porte then? At the back of the pack Wheel sucking a domestique for a continental team who's whole budget couldn't buy his bike...


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mmm, lol ? He's had a couple of bad days (who hasn't) and he's had health issues this year, but Porte is still top drawer. You're not seriously calling him a 1-trick pony ??

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by boysa

Porte falling off on that stage last year was such a farce. Eventually he just about bridged the gap himself, then sat up before making contact.
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by hasbeen

Porte getting dropped was smoke and mirrors. No question in my mind that it needed to happen that way. Sky should/could go 1-2-3 at the Tour if they want.
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by petepeterson

It's worth noting how cycling has changed in just a few short years and I guess it's for the better. Instead of figuring out what the other guys are doing for 'preparation' most of the tour favs are all at the same very small hotel in the middle of nowhere to get some extra red blood cells and distraction free training in. Ethically it's better of course but I don't think the mindset is all that different.

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by mjduct

boysa wrote:Porte falling off on that stage last year was such a farce. Eventually he just about bridged the gap himself, then sat up before making contact.


Yeah leaving your team leader to cover attacks from 3 teams singlehanded on his first day in yellow is really a brilliant strategy...





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by xnavalav8r

stuka666 wrote:I'd like to know if even Horner is going to the Vuelta.. I read something about he maybe going to the Tour, but Costa will be their main man. Working on the Tour and targeting the Vuelta doesn't seem real.

Purito might be going..


I would assume (dangerous, I know) that if Horner goes to the Tour it would definitely be in a support role and aimed at getting some hard racing days in his legs. If he goes I would expect him to be in some breaks on mountain stages to provide support to the team leader. I would also be surprised to see him race the full three weeks.

I'm no team director though. This is all just wild guessing.

stuka666
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by stuka666

Yeah, if he goes it has to be on that condition.. but is that the best option in building up for the Vuelta?

Meh.. the thing that bothers me is the fact that Lampre won't have enough workers for both Rui Costa and Horner in both grand tours.. but hey.. Horner last year rode "almost" alone to victory ffs.

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by martinko

petepeterson wrote:It's worth noting how cycling has changed in just a few short years and I guess it's for the better. Instead of figuring out what the other guys are doing for 'preparation' most of the tour favs are all at the same very small hotel in the middle of nowhere to get some extra red blood cells and distraction free training in. Ethically it's better of course but I don't think the mindset is all that different.



So it isn't any better. They (not only the riders, but maybe those who Lance will later tell us about :D ) have just found out how to hide it and be ok with public.

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by HammerTime2

stuka666 wrote:but hey.. Horner last year rode "almost" alone to victory ffs.
The key word being "almost". I'm not sure Horner rode "alone", heh, heh.

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