contador wins time trial?

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contador wins time trial?

Postby puppydog » Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:56 pm

is it me or was that unexpected?
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Postby the crazyest vegan » Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:34 pm

not only is he the best climber but now he's the best TT'er! makes me wonder what he'd been injecting :roll:
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Postby Alistar » Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:59 am

A 62kg climber beating all the strongman timetrialling specialists? Doesn't that kind of defy physics? What kind of power output does that guy have!! Not only does he have the best power to weight, but also the best power to drag?!hmmmm....
Can't believe he beat Cancellara even if by just 3s. Cancellara reckoned the camera motorbikes were too close, and could have given Contador a slight advantage
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Postby fredrikw » Fri Jul 24, 2009 5:40 am

Remember this was stage 18 of TdF, not a single race TT. Having raced 17 stages before takes its toll on everyone, and Cancellara has been struggling quite hard and is probably not in his olympic shape.
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Postby cyclebot » Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:19 am

no surprise at all
there was a third category climb
Cancellara has been working his ass off for three weeks
not that much wind

he's just really talented
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Postby SpugFab » Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:43 am

There was an article on the BBC before the TT pointing out that although everyone was talking about Contador losing time he was a fairly accomplished TTer (Champion of Spain?). The author expected him to have a strong performance.

So not a total surprise I think.
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Postby the crazyest vegan » Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:38 pm

it is a bit strange. i think despite Cancellara been tired he still should have won.
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Postby Dave Noisy » Sat Jul 25, 2009 1:11 am

Very interesting discussion on this issue here:

http://www.sportsscientists.com/2009/07 ... o2max.html

Scroll down and check out the comments from Sigmund1 - it does make for a very suspicious w/kg result....
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