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Title: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on June 01, 2012, 10:29
For news and views of Contador

Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: bicing on June 01, 2012, 10:39
Contador, creator of the "look like you're holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa" photo:

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_wb8bAl1P-N0/Sy-KGhTu6KI/AAAAAAAALwo/K0Lo2I-tv1g/s400/contador+pisa.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: bicing on June 01, 2012, 10:42
LaFlorecita, is this your dream come true?

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_wb8bAl1P-N0/S4KrkTxAyrI/AAAAAAAAMwA/AHVyy34zIy8/s400/contador+menage+t-shirt.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on June 01, 2012, 10:50
99.9% sure he will go back to Saxo, with the public support he got.

He also knows that he is the team so while his points may not count the teams needs him for sponsors and the keep the team going - so no loss in pay.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on June 01, 2012, 10:53
I do hope he goes back to Saxo, and I think he will.   Its the right thing to do, and he is a classy guy.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 01, 2012, 11:46
 :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

I really, completely love you JSG.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on June 01, 2012, 12:26
Alberto Contador (( FULL )) BEST Attacks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmU4nfLrS4w#)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 01, 2012, 14:15
Awesome!!!
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 01, 2012, 14:16
I LOVE ALBERTO!!!!
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 01, 2012, 15:19
Contador conquista el Angliru (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afFI4alhJQc#)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 01, 2012, 15:28
Did you know that Alberto is the youngest Spaniard ever to win the Tour?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on June 01, 2012, 15:40
No matter how hard I'd have tried Purito-fanboy mode, I wouldn't have beaten this. Will have to step it up as Nibali fanboy this Tour if I am to be competitive in the fanboy/girl scene.

Respect LaFlo, all of us wannabe fanboys (and that includes ram and his Sex Shep ;) ) have a lot to learn from you!
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: barrus on June 01, 2012, 19:02
I myself would like to see him back at Saxo, but there is the issue concerning World Tour points, if he is not able to claim such points for the first two years after his return, I doubt Saxo would be able to retain a World Tour license. And although I am certain that any race where Alberto would start would give Saxe a wildcard just for that fact, it does not necessarily make sense for the sponsor to remain such a large sponsor if there is no absolute guarantee of being able to ride in the biggest races and with perhaps a smaller budget it might be hard to be able to afford Contador and his domestiques
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: ram on June 01, 2012, 19:45
No matter how hard I'd have tried Purito-fanboy mode, I wouldn't have beaten this. Will have to step it up as Nibali fanboy this Tour if I am to be competitive in the fanboy/girl scene.

Respect LaFlo, all of us wannabe fanboys (and that includes ram and his Sex Shep ;) ) have a lot to learn from you!
Hey, I'm only a Shep supporter, and Shep's more than a bit of a genius.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: pedaling squares on June 02, 2012, 00:05
Great video JSG. Nothing like watching that man attack... again, and again, and again. What he and Rasmussen did to each other that day was abusive.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Ghost of Dr. Horrible on June 02, 2012, 00:33
I think Contador will end up back at Saxo Bank and with his Navarro etc. there it makes sense.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 02, 2012, 10:19
Potential Leaky-Saxo merger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://twitpic.com/9rvnae (http://twitpic.com/9rvnae)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on June 02, 2012, 10:23
cant see it to be honest.

Leaky are so defined by their italian-ism (if that makes sense  ::))
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: sublimit on June 02, 2012, 12:49
I do hope he goes back to Saxo, and I think he will.   Its the right thing to do, and he is a classy guy.

They definatley need a decent rider to go with their current bunch, they seem to have no direction and just look completely lost without him.



 
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 02, 2012, 13:00
They definatley need a decent rider to go with their current bunch, they seem to have no direction and just look completely lost without him.

Jesus said that he keeps looking around for Alberto during races.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on June 02, 2012, 13:08
I hope it happens. even.if only for.the excitement of it happening.

And with liquis decent.ttt skills, maybe others won't have too big a head start over The Great One in the tour.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on June 02, 2012, 13:32
I really, really hope it won't happen. I would hate to see Liquigas losing its Italian-ism (as AG called it). Plus, I think Liquigas would be quite an awesome team even if Nibali leaves. Basso for a good Giro finish. Capecchi and Caruso to ride for themselves rather than for other contenders, Sagan doing his usual winning and Moser continuing to develop. And if they get one more GC rider (Kreuziger implied in the article) they'd be almost as awesome as they are with Nibali.

I wonder how realistic this is though. Would Saxo honestly be willing to provide the team with the budget required? Because that required budget would be huge... Think of the wages Contador and his domestique require, plus Basso, Sagan, etc... And all the technical and support guys, a lot of them would lose jobs. The DS's would have to fight it out between themselves for the good positions. The more I think about it, the less realistic it seems. Or perhaps that's just my own hope.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on June 02, 2012, 14:18
updating from Liquigas thread

http://road.cc/content/news/59516-liquigas-cannondale-and-saxo-bank-considering-merger-says-gazzetta-dello-sport (http://road.cc/content/news/59516-liquigas-cannondale-and-saxo-bank-considering-merger-says-gazzetta-dello-sport)
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Liquigas-Cannondale and Saxo Bank are reportedly considering merging to merge for the 2013 season, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, with the aim of creating a super team led by former Discovery Channel team mates Alberto Contador and Ivan Basso that will aim to become the world’s number one team.

The Italian sports daily says that nothing had been set in stone yet, but if Liquigas’s management team have not been able to find a replacement sponsor by August for the Italian gas company, which is not renewing its backing beyond the end of the season, then a merger similar to that of RadioShack and Leopard Trek, or Garmin and Cervelo TestTeam, is on the cards.

The news comes as the Liquigas-Cannondale management team of Roberto Amadio and Paolo Zani prepare to wave goodbye not only to their headline sponsor but also a number of the outfit’s leading riders.

Vincenzo Nibali, winner of Tirreno Adriatico in March and second in Liège–Bastogne–Liège and third in Milan-San Remo, is reportedly set to join Astana on a contract worth €2.8 million a year. Alessandro Vanotti and Valerio Agnoli are likely to go with him.

Sylwester Szmyd and Daniel Oss, meanwhile, are said to be heading to BMC Racing. Eros Capecchi is apparently keen to stay, although there is  question mark over whether the team can match his contractual demands.

Definitely staying, however, accordig to the newspapr are Basso, Peter Sagan - although he has been the target of interest from other teams - Elia Viviani and Damiano Caruso, among others, and there are also hopes that Roman Kreuziger, who left at the end of the 2010 season for Astana, may make the return journey.

As for Saxo Bank, the Gazzetta reports that Contador is likely to rejoin Bjarne Riis’s outfit when his ban ends on 6 August.

The Spaniard is said to feel a moral obligation towards the Dane, who stood by him throughout the year and a half between his positive test for clenbuterol on the 2010 Tour de France being disclosed, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport banning him for two years, most of that applied retroactively, earlier this year.

Contador is also reported to admire Riis’s qualities as a team manager, and has is even said to be moving to Lugano in Switzerland, where Riis has lived for a number of years.

While the newspaper points out that there would need to be some compromise between the two teams’ styles to achieve a successful merger, it adds that Basso and Contador have a strong mutual respect that took root when they rode together at Discovery prior to Basso being banned as a result of links to Operacion Puerto, and that they have on occasion informally discussed the opportunity of riding together since then.
Liquigas-Cannondale and Saxo Bank considering merger, says Gazzetta dello Sport
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 02, 2012, 14:31
:):):):):):):):):):):)

This is weird though:
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and has is even said to be moving to Lugano in Switzerland, where Riis has lived for a number of years.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 02, 2012, 14:33
Liquigas need a sponsor, Saxo have a sponsor. Saxo need WT points, Liquigas have WT points.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on June 02, 2012, 14:35
maybe.  it just seems so very odd.

At least they are (hopefully) not announcing it after all the major transfers have been done.  Gives everyone time to find a new team ....
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: mew on June 02, 2012, 14:50
maybe.  it just seems so very odd.

At least they are (hopefully) not announcing it after all the major transfers have been done.  Gives everyone time to find a new team ....

It does seem odd to me too AG.  It makes sense on paper but the personalities of the teams are a bit different.  Well, sounds as if Ivan and Alberto get along fine.... :D ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: barrus on June 02, 2012, 16:22
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The Spaniard is said to feel a moral obligation towards the Dane, who stood by him throughout the year and a half between his positive test for clenbuterol on the 2010 Tour de France being disclosed, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport banning him for two years, most of that applied retroactively, earlier this year.

If this is the case and he will rejoin Saxo, it is a good thing and actually the only morally right thing he could do
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 02, 2012, 18:01
And with liquis decent.ttt skills, maybe others won't have too big a head start over The Great One in the tour.

But that is no fun! Or is it...
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 02, 2012, 18:08
I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand I am happy because Alberto will have a decent team and I like both Liquigas and Saxobank. On the other hand, lots of guys will have to find a new team. Liquigas has 29 riders, Saxobank also 29 including Alberto. Nibali+Agnoli and Vanotti to Astana, Oss and Szmyd to BMC makes 24 for Liquigas but then again Brambilla and De Marchi might join.
Saxobank have lots of riders that are not worth a spot in a top team imo.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 03, 2012, 16:47
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_9gyA0tzaNA0/TEsH43oAM-I/AAAAAAAASpQ/EX-EcTSnOLU/s1600/P1230418.JPG)

Yaaaaaaay!! Pic resizing works!!
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: froome19 on June 03, 2012, 17:03
Voted, the poll can now be closed!
You have even more guts than me, i dont think you know who are messing with though... :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on June 03, 2012, 17:13
I voted for the top option- very awesome. someone else seems to have voted for that too but i'm not quite sure who.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 03, 2012, 17:59
I declare war to everyone that hasn't voted for the top option.  >:(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 03, 2012, 17:59
Why can't I see who voted for what option?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: ram on June 03, 2012, 18:18
Should be a multi choice, I hate him and he's not awesome ;D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 03, 2012, 18:35
;D ;D ;D ;D

I look forward to it!

What did you vote?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 03, 2012, 18:36
Should be a multi choice, I hate him and he's not awesome ;D

 >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: pedaling squares on June 03, 2012, 19:02
'Kind of Awesome'
(If LaF was a mod she would change the d to a g)

Top marks for the number of races he enters and the way he competes in all of them.
Bonus points for sheer talent and willingness to attack.
Bonus points for sticking it to Johan and Lance in 2009.
Bonus points for generally seeming like a decent person.
Minus points for the clen bust and for sticking it to his domestic beef industry.
Minus points for the connection to OP.
Minus points for the pistol bang-bangs.
Minus lotsa points for the 'holding up the leaning tower of Pisa' photo.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Havetts on June 03, 2012, 19:08
'Kind of Awesome'
(If LaF was a mod she would change the d to a g)

Top marks for the number of races he enters and the way he competes in all of them.
Bonus points for sheer talent and willingness to attack.
Bonus points for sticking it to Johan and Lance in 2009.
Bonus points for generally seeming like a decent person.
Minus points for the clen bust and for sticking it to his domestic beef industry.
Minus points for the connection to OP.
Minus points for the pistol bang-bangs.
Minus lotsa points for the 'holding up the leaning tower of Pisa' photo.


Basically how I feel about Alberto too, couldnt have said it better than you did though :).
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on June 03, 2012, 19:27
He's pretty dope.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 03, 2012, 19:57
'King of Awesome'

Top marks for the number of races he enters and the way he competes in all of them.
Bonus points for sheer talent and willingness to attack.
Bonus points for sticking it to Johan and Lance in 2009.
Bonus points for generally seeming like a decent person.
Minus points for the clen bust and for sticking it to his domestic beef industry.
Minus points for the connection to OP.
Minus points for the pistol bang-bangs.
Minus lotsa points for the 'holding up the leaning tower of Pisa' photo.

I would say that his connections to OP aren't his fault. Also doping only makes him more awesome I would think.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 03, 2012, 19:58
He's pretty dope.

I see what you did there.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Havetts on June 03, 2012, 20:17
I would say that his connections to OP aren't his fault. Also doping only makes him more awesome I would think.

Really, Fleur.. Really?? ???
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 03, 2012, 20:27
Really, Fleur.. Really?? ???

Yes.  :P If he dopes then that makes him this exciting to watch. Without the dope he would be less exciting and thus less awesome. If he dopes, that is.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 03, 2012, 20:31
BTW Fleur is the LA part of your forum username, a nod to your love of LA, the man not the city?

No, more to my love of the city, not the man.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 03, 2012, 20:41
You ever been there?

No.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: froome19 on June 03, 2012, 20:45
 :(
What did you vote?
He voted for not so awesome at all
 :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: benotti69 on June 03, 2012, 20:50
Yes.  :P If he dopes then that makes him this exciting to watch. Without the dope he would be less exciting and thus less awesome. If he dopes, that is.

And it is this reasoning that makes me think you are not really a cycling fan. Maybe you would be better off watching american pro wrestling or better Ironman triathlons.

If Contador can perform in the same manner without doping as he has been in his career with doping but to about 15% less yes he would be exciting to watch, but how will we ever know?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 03, 2012, 21:01
And it is this reasoning that makes me think you are not really a cycling fan. Maybe you would be better off watching american pro wrestling or better Ironman triathlons.

Ok.

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If Contador can perform in the same manner without doping as he has been in his career with doping but to about 15% less yes he would be exciting to watch, but how will we ever know?

??
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on June 04, 2012, 01:23
And it is this reasoning that makes me think you are not really a cycling fan. Maybe you would be better off watching american pro wrestling or better Ironman triathlons.

If Contador can perform in the same manner without doping as he has been in his career with doping but to about 15% less yes he would be exciting to watch, but how will we ever know?

Beno -   La Flo definitely believes that Alberto doesnt dope ... so I am pretty sure her comments were tongue in cheek

'Kind of Awesome'
(If LaF was a mod she would change the d to a g)

Top marks for the number of races he enters and the way he competes in all of them.
Bonus points for sheer talent and willingness to attack.
Bonus points for sticking it to Johan and Lance in 2009.
Bonus points for generally seeming like a decent person.
Minus points for the clen bust and for sticking it to his domestic beef industry.
Minus points for the connection to OP.
Minus points for the pistol bang-bangs.
Minus lotsa points for the 'holding up the leaning tower of Pisa' photo.

Great work PS.   :)   :)    :)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: benotti69 on June 04, 2012, 09:16
Beno -   La Flo definitely believes that Alberto doesnt dope ... so I am pretty sure her comments were tongue in cheek


OK AG, maybe i should avoid this thread. To unreal for me.  :tu
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Dim on June 08, 2012, 12:40
Stays at Saxo for two more years
http://t.co/VVbRCi3o (http://t.co/VVbRCi3o)

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© Riis Cycling

Contador returns to Team Saxo Bank

[08.06 13:15] Alberto Contador returns to Team Saxo Bank.
The 29 year old Spaniard will rejoin the Danish based World Tour team on August 5th, when his suspension has been served. Alberto Contador and the team have agreed on a deal that will tie him to the team for the remainder of the 2012 season and the coming three years.

"A lot of speculations and rumors have surrounded Alberto Contador and his future in the past months, but both our sponsors, the team and Alberto have shared the same wish to continue and built on our relationship. All along throughout these last two tough years we have stood by Alberto, so to be able to announce his return to the team is something I have been really looking forward to. Now we can put an end to these speculations and start focusing on building the team for the coming years," team owner Bjarne Riis says.

Alberto Contador is equally happy that his future lies within the setup of Team Saxo Bank.

"The decision to return to Team Saxo Bank has actually been pretty easy, and my first priority was always to rejoin the team and to continue working with Bjarne Riis, and the rest of the team. The support I have experienced from them in a very difficult situation is extraordinaire. I'm really looking forward to getting back on the bike, and my aim is to repay that support, hopefully with some great results," Alberto Contador adds.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 08, 2012, 13:05
Stays at Saxo for two more years
http://t.co/VVbRCi3o (http://t.co/VVbRCi3o)

 :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
What a class act Alberto is.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: froome19 on June 08, 2012, 13:10
:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
What a class act Alberto is.
He signed for the team he was expected to sign for and probably the one who gave him the best offer (fits in, domestiques all behind him, works well with Riise etc)
So how does that make him a class act...? :-\
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Havetts on June 08, 2012, 16:31
Was a great act making everyone believe he would leave Riis? :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 08, 2012, 17:06
He signed for the team he was expected to sign for and probably the one who gave him the best offer (fits in, domestiques all behind him, works well with Riise etc)
So how does that make him a class act...? :-\

Alberto could've chosen the team that offered most money (Astana) or a team that could support him much better in the GTs (Movistar, OPQS) but he didn't.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 09, 2012, 10:50
CAS (the rider):

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I have great respect for Alberto. He is a great rider and probably one of the favourites to win the Tour for the next 10 years.

Yesssss please!!!!
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Francois the Postman on June 09, 2012, 11:07
If I was a betting man I would have put good money on a move away from Saxobank. Although I can see the attraction to both players, having a 'latin' head of state in the Scandic territories never felt like a natural fit to me, I guess. For no other reason that I like to see teams with something that resembles strong local roots.

At least, this time, Riis has the public clarity in June already, so he doesn't need to scramble together a team build around Contador from the August leftovers.

I can't wait until the Vuelta, to be honest. At the moment, for all races where you'd normally expect Alberto, it feels like watching a what-if Premier League, the one where Manchester United is not taking part in. For me, the TdF result this year doesn't really count, if that makes sense. Nor did last year's, to be totally honest.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on June 09, 2012, 11:17
If I was a betting man I would have put good money on a move away from Saxobank. Although I can see the attraction to both players, having a 'latin' head of state in the Scandic territories never felt like a natural fit to me, I guess. For no other reason that I like to see teams with something that resembles strong local roots.

At least, this time, Riis has the public clarity in June already, so he doesn't need to scramble together a team build around Contador from the August leftovers.

I can't wait until the Vuelta, to be honest. At the moment, for all races where you'd normally expect Alberto, it feels like watching a what-if Premier League, the one where Manchester United is not taking part in. For me, the TdF result this year doesn't really count, if that makes sense. Nor did last year's, to be totally honest.

FtP

I expected more from you.

The winner wins a race due to many reasons some are due to the rider others due to things outside the riders control.

If we use the above idea even a small amount then no winner ever really deserved a win, there are always a what if ......

The winner always deserved the win, it is not their fault x,y and z happened. So it must count

I know you said it was your feelings etc which you are ofc entitled to, but I really do not like those types of ideas.

and needed to say so.

did Contador deserve to win the 2007 tour ?

In my book he won ofc he did - would he have won who knows maybe not but he did so, so it counts

from an augmentative Guy  ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: benotti69 on June 09, 2012, 11:30
http://road.cc/content/news/59757-alberto-contador-return-saxo-bank-once-doping-ban-ends-august (http://road.cc/content/news/59757-alberto-contador-return-saxo-bank-once-doping-ban-ends-august)

 Alberto Contador to return to Saxo Bank once doping ban ends in August
Spaniard signs contract that will keep him at Bjarne Riis's outfit till end of 2015
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on June 09, 2012, 11:36
Thanks JSG, exactly what I was going to say.

In my book, Pereiro 2006, Contador 2007, Sastre 2008 and Evans 2011 are all completely deserved winners, even if during all those years other riders were disqualified, forbidden to participate, or otherwise held up. Schleck 2010 is a bit of an exception here, since I am quite doubtful on the Contador doping story, but I think that in a few years everyone will view Schleck as the winner there, just like I now view Pereiro as the 2006 winner.

Just the 2011 Giro I will always think of as won by Alberto. He won that fair and square and didn't get caught doping during that time.

But whoever wins the Tour this year, I will fully accept as the winner. They can't be blamed for what Contador did or didn't do.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Francois the Postman on June 09, 2012, 11:55
Did Contador deserve to win the 2007 tour ?

It is not so much about the "deserving" bit, more about how high I rate the win along my highly subjective internal "how highly do I rate a particular win" meter. Some wins are making less of an impression on me, even if the winner had no real hand in why I think the victory was less epic than it could have been.

Sure, anyone this year deserves to win. I also don't swing the other way, I don't dis-rate it. But, I simply won't rate the win as high as I could have rated it, if it would have been raced under 'more normal circumstances'. With everyone expected to be there present. It's just how I tick, I guess.

If you go back to my posts on another board then you'll probably find that I consider that 2007 Tour spoilt for obvious reasons. And still feel that way. Contador and team never tested, everyone a bit less active than they would have been.

Saying that, under normal circumstances, I still would expect Contador more than Rasmussen to come out trumps. And, if pressed, I would expect Contador to be able to emerge from the Pyrenees with a wider margin than he had. Or with Cadel more strained than he was, if Rasmussen had been taken out of the equation earlier, and there had been a more obvious tete-a-tete in the climbs.

I think Contador won that Tour "more" than anyone who wins this Tour in which Contador isn't able to start, if that makes sense.

I get why you don't like that, or why you feel differently. But I can only feel the way I do.

Boonen's win in Paris Roubaix is something I value, highly even, the way he went about it. But it still lost a lot of the potential shine it could have had, if it had been a win with Cancellara in it. It will always be a win with an asterisk attached, to me, and that's how I will remember it.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on June 09, 2012, 11:58
which is fine, as all opinions count












but your wrong .... just kidding  ;D  :P




 
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 09, 2012, 15:14
but I think that in a few years everyone will view Schleck as the winner there, just like I now view Pereiro as the 2006 winner.

No.  >:(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 09, 2012, 15:15
http://road.cc/content/news/59757-alberto-contador-return-saxo-bank-once-doping-ban-ends-august (http://road.cc/content/news/59757-alberto-contador-return-saxo-bank-once-doping-ban-ends-august)

 Alberto Contador to return to Saxo Bank once doping ban ends in August
Spaniard signs contract that will keep him at Bjarne Riis's outfit till end of 2015

Old news.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Tuart on June 10, 2012, 09:15
But Contador did race the Tour and did compete, he just had the Giro in his legs, which was his choice, so I still don't follow how last year's Tour is diminished in anyway.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Francois the Postman on June 11, 2012, 21:48
But Contador did race the Tour and did compete, he just had the Giro in his legs, which was his choice, so I still don't follow how last year's Tour is diminished in anyway.

I suspect because the Tour was initially not going to be part of his racing calendar given an "imminent" CAS decision. If he had been planning his calendar unburdened with these additional factors, and knew that a Tour start was a formality, he probably would have ridden the Giro with this in mind (if at all). Now it was the bonus that was one hill too far.

It is obvious it was his choice, but it was the sort of choice made with the type of muddy clarity that you get after rain on a Strada Bianchi.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Tuart on June 12, 2012, 03:45
No, don't agree.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on June 15, 2012, 23:35
 
No, don't agree.

Ok so lets ignore the Giro.

Giro effected Contador to the extent that he wasnt flying away with/without Andy in the mountains, but he was still arguably as strong as anyone even with the giro in his legs.

What really hurt contador and was not "his choice" was the knee injury after  Karpets shoved him of his bike, and weakened Contador far more than the Giro.

Before it Contador was as good as anyone, finishing with everyone else on the hills, even on the stages schleck was dropped,  losing the stage to evans by 2cm.

 After it he was unable to train properly on the rest day, Cadel himself said he saw Contador with a limp  and it happened just before the Luz Ardiden stage where he cracked, before which he said himself that he was worried about the knee.

The other day he cracked - Galibier, he said before the stage that his knee really hurt and there was the whole discussion throughout the stage on the forums  about how he was "bluffing", right up until the moment he lost contact.

The 2 days he said the knee injury worried him before hand, were the 2 days he cracked.

Also we should take into consideration the little boy who decided to step  out right after all the other gc candidates had gone past and cost Contador a minute and a half on the first stage

Without that  incident Contador  would have been up there in the gc - about 50 seconds rather than the 2.20 he was down on Schleck and Evans and he would not have been forced to throw away his hang on energy supply by  chasing seconds on hills and descents in the pre alpe stages. He would
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Tuart on June 16, 2012, 10:08

Ok so lets ignore the Giro.

Giro effected Contador to the extent that he wasnt flying away with/without Andy in the mountains, but he was still arguably as strong as anyone even with the giro in his legs.

What really hurt contador and was not "his choice" was the knee injury after  Karpets shoved him of his bike, and weakened Contador far more than the Giro.

Before it Contador was as good as anyone, finishing with everyone else on the hills, even on the stages schleck was dropped,  losing the stage to evans by 2cm.

 After it he was unable to train properly on the rest day, Cadel himself said he saw Contador with a limp  and it happened just before the Luz Ardiden stage where he cracked, before which he said himself that he was worried about the knee.

The other day he cracked - Galibier, he said before the stage that his knee really hurt and there was the whole discussion throughout the stage on the forums  about how he was "bluffing", right up until the moment he lost contact.

The 2 days he said the knee injury worried him before hand, were the 2 days he cracked.

Also we should take into consideration the little boy who decided to step  out right after all the other gc candidates had gone past and cost Contador a minute and a half on the first stage

Without that  incident Contador  would have been up there in the gc - about 50 seconds rather than the 2.20 he was down on Schleck and Evans and he would not have been forced to throw away his hang on energy supply by  chasing seconds on hills and descents in the pre alpe stages. He would

All you've mentioned are a bunch of excuses for what happened during the race and nothing in relation to what I've disagreed with FtP about. In any GT, in any race there are always reasons why people drop out or lose time, that's part and parcel of racing and its never diminished a win[ner] before in any other race so why should it here? Not to mention Alberto was certainly not the worse affected by injuries that happened at that tour amongst favourites. what happened in the race is just excuses.

What I had/have a problem with is FtP saying that the value of the race win was diminished because of all the stuff leading up to it before that made Contador choose to ride the Tour. To me that's crap because every rider at that Tour had a choice to be there or not, it shouldn't diminish from who won, even if that person that won may not have in different circumstances, but that's all hypothetical can we discuss what if regardless anyway.

So that's why I disagreed but thanks for the fan post.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on June 16, 2012, 13:39
I really don't understand the point about other riders being more effected by injuries.yes flecha had barbed wire in his leg wiggins broke his collarbone and vino couldnt walk for months. what does that have to do with anything?

And there definitely is an argument to be made that when the best rider doesn't win the race due to injuries people will always say to themselves "yeah, but" when they see who won that edition.

Many people won't care yes but many people will too.

And my post quite clearly did address what you were saying. you said we shouldn't use giro.as an excuse because it was his own choice

see here

 
But Contador did race the Tour and did compete, he just had the Giro in his legs, which was his choice, so I still don't follow how last year's Tour is diminished in anyway.

so if you reject the giro excuse on the basis of- his choice, then if i can prove that something that was not his choice did effect him then that is a valid response by the terms you set above
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Tuart on June 16, 2012, 14:24
I really don't understand the point about other riders being more effected by injuries.yes flecha had barbed wire in his leg wiggins broke his collarbone and vino couldnt walk for months. what does that have to do with anything?

And there definitely is an argument to be made that when the best rider doesn't win the race due to injuries people will always say to themselves "yeah, but" when they see who won that edition.

You may angrily dismiss it because an ozzie won but like it or not, that's how millions will see it.

And my post quite clearly did address what you were saying. you said we shouldn't use giro.as an excuse because it was his own choice

see here

 
so if you reject the giro excuse on the basis of- his choice, then if i can prove that something that was not his choice did effect him then that is a valid response by the terms you set above


So why are you picking on this one part of my response, the only sentence that address your list of 99 reasons has nothing to do with anything I actually addressed? I agree, I don't understand either! To me its seems likes your saying the excuses for Contador are valid but not for the rest?  :-\

Contador did ride the Giro so of course his performance, and everyone else who rode the double, was going to be affected, if you think I'm disputing that your barking up the wrong tree. Just it was his choice to do that, for whatever reason, just like for whatever reason people decide to choose which races they want to go for instead of other, so why should that demeanWHOEVER THE flip won and have that victory be dismissed as an inferior just because someone else came into the race too tired? That's a ridiculous statement and leads to whole other cans of worms, to me its illogical.

I did think about ending with regardless of who won it, even if it was Andy (was quite possible) or everyone's favourite attacker LL (hypothetical extreme to make the point) but I didn't, I guess I gave your reputation as a smart poster too much credit, clearly your thinking is affected by subjective views on one of the riders so you think everyone else is the same. Really can't be bothered with anymore of these straw man arguments, unless you want to actual discuss what I actually disagreed with originally.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on June 17, 2012, 01:00

So why are you picking on this one part of my response, the only sentence that address your list of 99 reasons has nothing to do with anything I actually addressed? I agree, I don't understand either! To me its seems likes your saying the excuses for Contador are valid but not for the rest?  :-\

Contador did ride the Giro so of course his performance, and everyone else who rode the double, was going to be affected, if you think I'm disputing that your barking up the wrong tree. Just it was his choice to do that, for whatever reason, just like for whatever reason people decide to choose which races they want to go for instead of other, so why should that demeanWHOEVER THE flip won and have that victory be dismissed as an inferior just because someone else came into the race too tired? That's a ridiculous statement and leads to whole other cans of worms, to me its illogical.



Its really confusing why you keep attacking me for saying the Giro ruined Contadors chances when i am trying as hard as i can to shout wave and even mime  that the Giro does not matter

 i have deliberately  dismissed the giro.

It was the very first thing i said.
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Ok so lets ignore the Giro.

And you keep coming back at me with this "why should it matter that he did the Giro". :-X :-X :-X

You are arguing with yourself im afraid.

Ill write my post again for the third time.

You keep saying it was his choice

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Just it was his choice to do that
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But Contador did race the Tour and did compete, he just had the Giro in his legs, which was his choice

And i keep telling you - fair enough that was his choice, you can have that. Forget the Giro. THe Giro does not matter, it was Contadors choice to do it and he did it.

What does matter are the injuries. the injuries that destroyed Contador's tour and prevented him from challenging.

And the injuries, which, once again were not his choice (and therefore counter your whole free will argument ) are why, whether you like it or not, people will look at that result and say, well it would have been different had the best rider been on form.

Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on June 17, 2012, 12:20
May not be his own choice, but was his own fault. You can ask questions with pretty much every Tour victory:
2006 - What if Landis hadn't been caught? What if they hadn't let Pereiro go in the break? He obviously wasn't the strongest that Tour, so he doesn't deserve to win right? What if Basso and Ulrich had been there?
2007 - Quite obviously: Rasmussen. But also, like the year before, what if Basso and Ulrich had been there? They were of course suspended by their own fault, but Contador was as involved in those doping cases as anyone, so by any account he should have been suspended too.
2008 - What if Astana had been allowed in?
2009 - Don't think I can make anything up here. Contador was just by far the strongest.
2010 - What if Schleck didn't have that mechanical? What if Contador hadn't doped?
2011 - What if Contador hadn't tumbled? What if Schleck had a brain? What if Wiggins hadn't crashed?
2012 - What if Contador wouldn't have been suspended?

Do you honestly think about any of these things when looking through the recent Tour victories? I know I don't. Sastre was one of the most deserved Tour victors in recent years, and I couldn't care less Contador wasn't there to challenge him for it.

And for the 2011 Tour you can ask so many questions. Contador's crash, Sanchez losing time, Wiggins crashing out, Andy being an idiot, etc. But how come all those riders crashed or lost time while Evans didn't? Because Evans did everything right. He made sure he was safe at the head of the peloton at all times, making his team work to keep him out of trouble. That is what won Evans the Tour, something he did with his team. There is always some luck involved, but unlike for instance Contador, Evans worked to minimise the risks and he won because of that.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on June 18, 2012, 06:17
Folks just a reminder doping talk in the doping section, there is a Contador thread already for future doping discussions.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 18, 2012, 12:35
So if I'm correct 11 people think Alberto is at least kind of awesome. 4 think he is very awesome. And 9 think he is not awesome and 3 hate him. :o Probably benotti and also byop and ram because they are stupid trolls. In reality byop and ram love Alberto.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: flicker2.0 on June 18, 2012, 19:19
So if I'm correct 11 people think Alberto is at least kind of awesome. 4 think he is very awesome. And 9 think he is not awesome and 3 hate him. :o Probably benotti and also byop and ram because they are stupid trolls. In reality byop and ram love Alberto.

Alberto is awesome. I wouldn't fawn all over him though as it might upset his beautiful wife Macrena. Macrena is awesome too. Alberto, you are one lucky hombre!  :wave
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Havetts on June 18, 2012, 19:40
So if I'm correct 11 people think Alberto is at least kind of awesome. 4 think he is very awesome. And 9 think he is not awesome and 3 hate him. :o Probably benotti and also byop and ram because they are stupid trolls. In reality byop and ram love Alberto.

I dont think you can blame people for their opinions on your favorite rider, I mean I myself dont dislike "insert x person" because they dont like my favorite rider. I have voted "kind of awesome" because of there not being a neutral opinion, cause I both appreciate and dislike Contador.

I like Contador's attacks and racing attitude. Dislike his past and him being involved in certain darker areas in the sport, his "please-dont-dislike-me-heres-a-stage-win-attitude".

But if you start an inquisition on people just because they vote "I dont like him" then people will obviously vote that to bait you out, or just because they generally dislike him. You can not crucify people for their what they do and dont like.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: ram on June 18, 2012, 20:52
I'd like to think of myself as a quasi intelligent troll, obviously the rest of the world sees me as a dribbling mess of a troll who sticks his finger up his nose while picking his earwax.

I only voted not awesome at all 8) Also think that I made clear the position.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 19, 2012, 16:37
You are correct about one thing Flo, I am a 'stupid troll' but I voted for not awesome at all, the only things I hate are Nazi's, oh and cycling!

Woops I'm sorry.  ;D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 19, 2012, 16:38
Alberto is awesome. I wouldn't fawn all over him though as it might upset his beautiful wife Macrena. Macrena is awesome too. Alberto, you are one lucky hombre!  :wave

Lol flicker ;D

Btw her name is Macarena. :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 19, 2012, 16:39
I dont think you can blame people for their opinions on your favorite rider, I mean I myself dont dislike "insert x person" because they dont like my favorite rider. I have voted "kind of awesome" because of there not being a neutral opinion, cause I both appreciate and dislike Contador.

I like Contador's attacks and racing attitude. Dislike his past and him being involved in certain darker areas in the sport, his "please-dont-dislike-me-heres-a-stage-win-attitude".

But if you start an inquisition on people just because they vote "I dont like him" then people will obviously vote that to bait you out, or just because they generally dislike him. You can not crucify people for their what they do and dont like.

Pff and of course Havy has to be all serious 8)  8)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 19, 2012, 16:40
I'd like to think of myself as a quasi intelligent troll, obviously the rest of the world sees me as a dribbling mess of a troll who sticks his finger up his nose while picking his earwax.

I only voted not awesome at all 8) Also think that I made clear the position.

Your words. I never said anything like that.

Anyway. Do we need Tony to investigate who voted the last option?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: ram on June 19, 2012, 17:49
Nah, just read and extrapolated.

Mind, I wanted multiple choice so I could vote that I hate him.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 19, 2012, 17:51
Nah, just read and extrapolated.

Mind, I wanted multiple choice so I could vote that I hate him.

Oh yeah now I remember :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Havetts on June 19, 2012, 19:51
Pff and of course Havy has to be all serious 8)  8)

Yep thats me.. :( ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 22, 2012, 13:43

"Several of those who backed Contador last year are being saved for the Vuelta a España, where they will support the Spaniard as he aims to win that race for the second time in his career."


Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DinZ on June 22, 2012, 13:52
Ivoted awsome purely based on last years giro. Which was pretty awesome.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 22, 2012, 14:03
Ivoted awsome purely based on last years giro. Which was pretty awesome.

Awesome 8)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on June 26, 2012, 15:08
(http://velonews.competitor.com/files/2011/07/000_DV1004340-e1340713851799-667x421.jpg)

http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/06/news/prudhomme-acknowledges-contadors-impact-on-2011-tour_225724 (http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/06/news/prudhomme-acknowledges-contadors-impact-on-2011-tour_225724)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 26, 2012, 15:12
(http://velonews.competitor.com/files/2011/07/000_DV1004340-e1340713851799-667x421.jpg)

http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/06/news/prudhomme-acknowledges-contadors-impact-on-2011-tour_225724 (http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/06/news/prudhomme-acknowledges-contadors-impact-on-2011-tour_225724)

 >:( That doesn't belong here, farking Prudhomme, why can't he go and suck Andy's dick.  >:(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on June 26, 2012, 15:15
you still do not get it

WADA the UCI banned Contador the ASO had nothing to do with it. Blame WADA if you need to blame someone
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 26, 2012, 15:17
you still do not get it

WADA the UCI banned Contador the ASO had nothing to do with it. Blame WADA if you need to blame someone

Prudhomme is not allowed to say anything about Alberto, we all know he hates him because he loves Andy, he doesn't need to let everyone know.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 26, 2012, 18:09
Contador returns to Team Saxo Bank | Anfi del Mar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-qf78IEtqQ#ws)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: flicker2.0 on June 26, 2012, 19:58
Contador returns to Team Saxo Bank | Anfi del Mar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-qf78IEtqQ#ws)
What country are the team training, Spain, Israel?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 26, 2012, 20:01
What country are the team training, Spain, Israel?

This was from the beginning of the year, in Gran Canaria I think.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: flicker2.0 on June 26, 2012, 20:08
This was from the beginning of the year, in Gran Canaria I think.

Very, very nice, what a wonderful place to have a training camp.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: ram on June 26, 2012, 20:15
>:( That doesn't belong here, farking Prudhomme, why can't he go and suck Andy's dick.  >:(
Cos he couldn't find it.

Mind, I don't think Prundhomme ever went feeling around Schleck's pants. It's just the way it is when doping happens.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: ram on June 26, 2012, 20:30
It's the sh*t when doping happens. I don't mind seeing Contador being shat on, I like it too. :D Same's the case with the Schlecks.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 26, 2012, 20:43
It's the sh*t when doping happens. I don't mind seeing Contador being shat on, I like it too. :D Same's the case with the Schlecks.

 :o >:(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 26, 2012, 21:28
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-57460672/as-tour-looms-anti-doping-fight-inches-forward/ (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-57460672/as-tour-looms-anti-doping-fight-inches-forward/)

No no, you got it all messed up, Alberto won the Tour three times, and he wasn't busted for doping.  :wave
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on June 27, 2012, 04:06
If every time Armstrong doping is mentioned on tv or radio the presenters HAVE to trott out that line about how Mr Armstrong vehemently denies all charges and has never failed a test, then its about time they start pointing out that Mr contador vehemently denies all charges and that the courts have acknowledged contamination as a possibility if not probability, every time they mention contador and doping.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 28, 2012, 15:10
(http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee414/Fleurtje15/807860-13793417-640-360.jpg) TU Larry!!!  :win
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 29, 2012, 20:50
http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/06/news/alberto-contadors-absence-to-be-keenly-felt-during-2012-tour-de-france_226473 (http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/06/news/alberto-contadors-absence-to-be-keenly-felt-during-2012-tour-de-france_226473)

Nice article by Andrew Hood on Alberto's absence at TdF.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 01, 2012, 13:53
"@dogsandcycling: Not nice: ad 4 LA Veulta on Universal Sports, calling Contador "Cycling's Most Controversial Rider" & showing clips of chaingate+angry Andy"
 
>:(  >:(  >:(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 01, 2012, 15:20
Contador the cheat  ;D ;D ;D

:gun
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 01, 2012, 16:52
That took you over 10 minutes, I'm starting to doubt your love of Contador.

Well all of a sudden alarm bells started ringing so first I checked all unread posts on CN because that's where usually all the bashing happens and then I came here.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 01, 2012, 16:59
Ok I believe you, but maybe Bertie is starting to doubt!

Nah I can't imagine, but I will call him tonight just to be sure!  :wave
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 03, 2012, 10:53
If the points ban gets overruled, I expect Alberto to ride this schedule for max WT points:

Eneco Tour
San Sebastian
Vuelta
(Worlds)
Lombardia
Tour of Beijing
Tour of Hangzhou

 ;D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: barrus on July 04, 2012, 17:05
If the points ban gets overruled, I expect Alberto to ride this schedule for max WT points:

Eneco Tour
San Sebastian
Vuelta
(Worlds)
Lombardia
Tour of Beijing
Tour of Hangzhou

 ;D

Concerning this, is it already certain that Bjarne will appeal the decision of the UCI not to reward any WT points to riders returning from a ban, because otherwise it is absolutely useless for Contador to be gunning for WT points and would probably be better of not riding the CHinese races
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 05, 2012, 11:08
Concerning this, is it already certain that Bjarne will appeal the decision of the UCI not to reward any WT points to riders returning from a ban, because otherwise it is absolutely useless for Contador to be gunning for WT points and would probably be better of not riding the CHinese races

Bjarne is putting pressure on UCI, he says he will take it to CAS if UCI do not change the rules themselves.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 05, 2012, 11:23
It's going to end in the same way for Bjarne just as it did when he was relying on the Schlecks to win the Tour for him, #disappointment!

Perhaps, perhaps!
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 11, 2012, 10:43
It is official, Alberto will ride Eneco Tour  :win

But I heard the English ES guys say, that it is a big risk  :-\ because of all the flat stages.  ???  :(  :o
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: L'arri on July 11, 2012, 10:45
It is official, Alberto will ride Eneco Tour  :win

But I heard the English ES guys say, that it is a big risk  :-\ because of all the flat stages.  ???  :(  :o

He has to ride the Muur too. A career first (and last), possibly.  ;D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on July 11, 2012, 12:07
Contador at the Muur.. That's a pretty cool idea, even if he likely won't do anything on it.

Still too bad so few GC contenders ever ride the cobbled races. That's one thing that speaks in Wiggins' favour: at least he has tried riding them. It's likely too much of a risk for most GC riders unfortunately, but I'd like to see some of them give it a try, even if just to play domestique.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 11, 2012, 12:16
Contador at the Muur.. That's a pretty cool idea, even if he likely won't do anything on it.

Still too bad so few GC contenders ever ride the cobbled races. That's one thing that speaks in Wiggins' favour: at least he has tried riding them. It's likely too much of a risk for most GC riders unfortunately, but I'd like to see some of them give it a try, even if just to play domestique.

 ;D Alberto in Roubaix  ;D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 11, 2012, 12:18
well he wont win but as a warm up for the Vuelta it should be ok, I guess he'll just hang in the pack and test himself in the ITT.

Yeah he needs race days, and he has the TTT to practise for the TTT in la Vuelta, and of course the normal TT to test himself, I think he doesn't need mountain stages, he is a good climber anyway and he has been training a lot in the mountains lately (with JESUS! :D)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Zam on July 11, 2012, 12:20
;D Alberto in Roubaix  ;D

Alberto doesnt know how to ride cobbles according to Phil ligget, only clever people like armstrong know what's it all about.

Phil Liggett Classic Stuff up (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2G0Uoudkus#ws)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 11, 2012, 12:25
Hilarious zam  ;D

byop; finally :pray
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 11, 2012, 18:51
(http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee414/Fleurtje15/X.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 30, 2012, 07:44
Ok not much time left, the king will return soon.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Zam on July 30, 2012, 10:23
WHY IS HE THE KING?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: ram on August 02, 2012, 12:46
http://jazzbluesclub.com/uploads/posts/thumbs/1249036457_eddie.jpg (http://jazzbluesclub.com/uploads/posts/thumbs/1249036457_eddie.jpg)

don't ask me how I got there,
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: barrus on August 02, 2012, 12:59
Is anything known yet about Berto's calendar after the Eneco tour? I would love to see him at San Sebastian
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: ram on August 02, 2012, 13:04
Isn't he confirmed for San Sebastian? I thought he was, though you might want a better source on that.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on August 02, 2012, 13:07
aye he is riding

I would have a complete start this for the race except there is only the Sky team and AC confirmed so far  ;D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Jamsque on August 06, 2012, 10:33
Too quick. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 08, 2012, 18:15
Wow that was a quick 6 months.

Yayyy
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 08, 2012, 18:15
Too quick. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.

 ;D  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 08, 2012, 18:16
Es Mi Vuelta (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GfkUXAkHLU#ws)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 08, 2012, 18:17
Alberto Contador se prepara para su Vuelta (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-214VdjtxTk#ws)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 08, 2012, 18:17
Weeee
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 08, 2012, 18:22
http://sport.be.msn.com/nl/video/lightbox/?site=enecotour&Article_ID=599972&destination=4534 (http://sport.be.msn.com/nl/video/lightbox/?site=enecotour&Article_ID=599972&destination=4534)

I want to watch this vid but I can't :o :'(

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:o :o
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: flicker2.0 on August 08, 2012, 18:53
;D  ;D  ;D
Al is the greatest rider since Lance, he learned so much from riding with Lance and Bruyneel.

Buenas suerte en la futura Alberto!!  :win
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on August 08, 2012, 19:25
Al is the greatest rider since Lance, he learned so much from riding with Lance and Bruyneel.

Buenas suerte en la futura Alberto!!  :win

How to get treated like sh*t and ride for yourself
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: flicker2.0 on August 08, 2012, 19:32
How to get treated like sh*t and ride for yourself

Just part of the training, to harden Bertie up. Bert took his 6 month ban like a man, trained 6 hours per day, and still had time to do adverts for Sinkyard, while banned. Go Alberto. :-[
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: flicker2.0 on August 08, 2012, 20:18
When I really began to question Albertos' "authenticity."

Alberto Contador Andorre Arcalis 2009 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYs-gr-uMFE#)

Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: flicker2.0 on August 08, 2012, 21:42
That was a great day for me, Contador let the world know that Armstrong was his bitch!

Alberto,showed the world that day. I wish he could have put the governor down a bit and made the Tour a bit more of a race. He is dominating. I wonder how he will do at Vuelta.
Any competition for Al there?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: flicker2.0 on August 08, 2012, 22:12
Chris VROOOOOOOOOME will be a tough guy for Contador.

Good matchup, Froome is likely stronger than Wiggo, who won't be there anyway. Howabout Sammy Sanchez?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: barrus on August 08, 2012, 22:41
Chris VROOOOOOOOOME will be a tough guy for Contador.

Do you really think he'll be holding form until the last week of the Vuelta? Part of me doubts that a little, I hope he will, since this Vuelta GC is appearing to be one of the better ones in recent years. However I think everything depends on what form Contador will be having. I hope he shows something during the Eneco tour, or during San Sebastian. Although knowing Riis, he will probably try to let Contador lay low and have everyone guessing about his form, which, to be honest, would be the better tactical move.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on August 10, 2012, 01:48
Is Sammy riding? Anton could be there or thereabouts.

Not listed in the team. God knows what he intends to do this year or next.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 23, 2012, 19:06
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os20OjpMfpg& (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Os20OjpMfpg&feature=youtu.be)

 :'(  :'(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 23, 2012, 19:07
(I am not crying or sad I have an emotional outburst.)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 26, 2012, 14:24
(http://a.yfrog.com/img875/5084/2gnct.jpg)

(http://a.yfrog.com/img862/9893/dntfv.jpg)

Fangirl contributions to the fangirl thread
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 26, 2012, 14:28
(http://a.yfrog.com/img876/8835/le0kr.jpg)

(http://a.yfrog.com/img576/443/bjjz.jpg)

(http://a.yfrog.com/img640/4489/8xwhv.jpg)

(http://a.yfrog.com/img736/9785/c8zcs.jpg)

Aw why have I never seen these before. :-* It's never too late to discover new pics
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 26, 2012, 14:34
(http://a.yfrog.com/img738/8923/ytgn.jpg)

This pic is still amazing
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 26, 2012, 17:29
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDhjtSv64wo&feature=youtu.be (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDhjtSv64wo&feature=youtu.be)

6+ mins of Alberto, it is heaven I tell ya, heaven  :-*
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 26, 2012, 21:52
Stef ‏@Stefclement
Crazy but true, at the airport Alberto Contador came to me and asked to take a picture of him... For his twitter!

This pic I think:
(http://a.yfrog.com/img877/4440/8qxyey.jpg)

The Iberian part of the team. :D 

 :( cos only a very small Jesus face.  :(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: flicker2.0 on August 26, 2012, 21:56
Bert will win Vuelta as Froome is fading. LOL, `Bert will stomp the opposition on the last day, Bert is far from top form.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on August 28, 2012, 21:44
Contador vs Froome

Head to head questionaire.
What would you be if you werent a cyclist

Contador :Vet

Froome: I studied economy at Uni (cue 2 minute speech to basically say:Economist)

Your idol?

Contador Lance

Froome :Jens Voigt (cue 2 minute speech about why he likes Voigt)

The others best quality?

Contador :Froomes Time trial
Froome: Contadors explosiveness (cue about 1 minute speech)

Finish the sentence "If nothing goes right...
Contador: Champion is revealed
Froome: well, i would say (2 minute speech culminating in - ) take it as an experience

Qualities youd take from other riders
Contador:
Indurains tt
Armstrongs determination
Pantanis climbing

Froome:
Sprint like Cav (2 minute speech on Cav)
Voigts determination (2 minute repeat speech on Voigt )
Indurains tt (run out of breath by nbow)

Best moment of your career
Contaodr: when i won Chrono in Annency


Froome : Stage 17 of last years Vuelta to Pena Cabarga. That was special because.... (you get the picture)

Source, Eurosport.
__________________
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Dancing on the Pedals on August 30, 2012, 09:50
Stef ‏@Stefclement
Crazy but true, at the airport Alberto Contador came to me and asked to take a picture of him... For his twitter!

This pic I think:
(http://a.yfrog.com/img877/4440/8qxyey.jpg)

The Iberian part of the team. :D 

 :( cos only a very small Jesus face.  :(

I originally read this as Alberto asking you LaFlo to take the picture!   
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 01, 2012, 13:47
I originally read this as Alberto asking you LaFlo to take the picture!

Lol  ;D I wish  :(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 02, 2012, 19:42
chris juul-jensen ‏@JensenJuul
People who don't understand cycling must think Contador is a pretty violent person, when all they hear is Contador ATTACKS, ATTACKS ,ATTACKS

Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 02, 2012, 21:02
http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/12779/Alberto-Contador-Suspension-may-have-cost-me-the-chance-of-Vuelta-victory.aspx (http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/12779/Alberto-Contador-Suspension-may-have-cost-me-the-chance-of-Vuelta-victory.aspx)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: froome19 on September 02, 2012, 21:46
http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/12779/Alberto-Contador-Suspension-may-have-cost-me-the-chance-of-Vuelta-victory.aspx (http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/12779/Alberto-Contador-Suspension-may-have-cost-me-the-chance-of-Vuelta-victory.aspx)
Well imo he shouldnt be here at all, if all this wishy washy business of backdating bans was not considered. So it should have cost him more than just this.

Yet without Purito in this form, I would see him winning this race though his level isnt where it should be to win a Vuelta and if not for Froome's fatigue, Cobo's problems, Anton's constant lack of form and Piti's time loss he may have been even more seriously challenged.

Still I see him breaking Purito by Stage 20 and that should be enough to win, though one never knows...

Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on September 05, 2012, 01:22
Contador and saxo on rest day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qb1yPhVZZaE&feature=player_embedded (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qb1yPhVZZaE&feature=player_embedded)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 08, 2012, 18:01
ALBERTO!!

:daotec :rave :daotec :rasmussen :daotec :win :win :rasmussen :win :win :daotec :rave :win :daotec :D :daotec :D :D :rasmussen :win :rave :daotec :rave :rasmussen :win :rasmussen :daotec :win
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: froome19 on September 08, 2012, 22:22
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contador-i-won-through-bravery-and-refusing-to-conform (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contador-i-won-through-bravery-and-refusing-to-conform)

Quote
Was Rodríguez his toughest rival that he’s had to face in all his Grand Tour victories? “No, I would say the rival who was toughest was myself. Purito [Rodriguez] was always there and was very hard to beat, but I have to remember the Giro of 2008, which was very close at times, and the Vuelta of the same year which Levi [Leipheimer] almost snaffled off me. They’ve all been difficult.”

Interesting how he seems to overlook Schleck :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 09, 2012, 07:39
Maybe he doesn't overlook him 8)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on September 09, 2012, 08:34
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contador-i-won-through-bravery-and-refusing-to-conform (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contador-i-won-through-bravery-and-refusing-to-conform)

Interesting how he seems to overlook Schleck :P
Well, officially he hasn't won any GT against Schleck anymore. And I think he (or the Saxo press officer) wouldn't want to stir up memories of a doped Contador while being well on their way to winning the Vuelta, supposedly clean.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 09, 2012, 08:37
Well, officially he hasn't won any GT against Schleck anymore. And I think he (or the Saxo press officer) wouldn't want to stir up memories of a doped Contador while being well on their way to winning the Vuelta, supposedly clean.

I don't think that's why he didn't name Schleck ???
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on September 09, 2012, 10:14
On second thought, neither do I.
It's more plausible that he only thought of those riders that had given him a hard time in the Vuelta. And honestly, Andy Schleck hasn't given Contador much of a hard time in the Tour, either.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 09, 2012, 20:56
Lance Armstrong ‏@lancearmstrong
Congratulations @albertocontador on winning #lavuelta in impressive fashion.

WTF what is going on :o :o :o :o :o :o
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: froome19 on September 09, 2012, 21:04
Contador holding up 7 fingers, Lance congratulating him...

I smell a conspiracy :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: benotti69 on September 09, 2012, 21:21
Lance Armstrong ‏@lancearmstrong
Congratulations @albertocontador on winning #lavuelta in impressive fashion.

WTF what is going on :o :o :o :o :o :o

Wonderboy probably pounding and having a real moment or hoping to attach himself to Contador in a fellow dopers kind of way ;D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 09, 2012, 21:46
Wonderboy probably pounding and having a real moment or hoping to attach himself to Contador in a fellow dopers kind of way ;D

I'm afraid he's gonna try to take Alberto down with him :o
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 09, 2012, 21:46
Contador holding up 7 fingers, Lance congratulating him...

I smell a conspiracy :P

Haha :D

Maybe Lance is just being nice because Alberto said Lance was his youth idol :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on September 10, 2012, 02:27
The King speaks the queens

Alberto Contador Wins 2012 La Vuelta a España (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KATucvlq9c#ws)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Icebreaker on September 10, 2012, 04:04
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contador-i-won-through-bravery-and-refusing-to-conform (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contador-i-won-through-bravery-and-refusing-to-conform)

Interesting how he seems to overlook Schleck :P

Who?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 10, 2012, 15:26
http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/vuelta-ciclista-a-espana/desayunos-contador/1523900/ (http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/vuelta-ciclista-a-espana/desayunos-contador/1523900/)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 12, 2012, 13:52
Making of TIMEFORCE, Alberto Contador. on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/49280653)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: ram on September 13, 2012, 00:57
Laf, fair play to your man. So, how many pills did you pop on the final racing stage?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 13, 2012, 19:50
@albertocontador
Quote
How it cost to start the 'engine' training after 3weeks tour.At last,when starts you go fast:)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 15, 2012, 11:12
La Bici Roja / The Red Bike (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4HsZZesZd4#)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: L'arri on September 21, 2012, 17:20
I'm guessing Bertie will be performing the role of head waiter on Sunday, got to keep the decent Spanish riders well stocked with food and drink! ;D ;D

I can't remember now, but it was pretty much an all-star team, wasn't it? When I saw the startlist, I thought: too many brides, not enough bridesmaids.

I don't really think the parcours suits Contador, although he could be really useful to the team. It just doesn't seem appropriate for his sort of riding. A Classics guy has to take this, so I'd have to opt for Sanchez, Valverde and possibly Rodriguez.

OT, I suppose, but Contador doesn't really seem like a one-day man. This and Lombardia could still change that of course. ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 26, 2012, 15:18
666 posts  :o Alberto is awesome!! 8)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on September 27, 2012, 07:26
666 posts  :o Alberto is awesome!! 8)

and just won his 1st ever 1 day race to boot
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: flicker2.0 on September 28, 2012, 04:14
What a killer win by Valesco. Now please Florecita, please email Alberto and tell him to lose the finger banging salute, it is embarassing to see grown men playing cap gun games. Really really dorky.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 28, 2012, 15:02
I like it
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: flicker2.0 on September 28, 2012, 23:45
I like it

thats cool. what does it mean, though?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on September 29, 2012, 01:20
Hopefully Bertie will bag his 1st monumnet win on saturday.

Wait what? I though your mo was to casually dis riders in their threads in order to tease their fans.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 29, 2012, 11:15
thats cool. what does it mean, though?

It means he wants to shoot stupid haters right through their brains
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 29, 2012, 19:31
Alberto Contador , La historia de un campeón (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_uqE9qXfuA#)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: L'arri on September 29, 2012, 19:33
Woefully outnumbered again today. Saxo hasn't fielded superb one-day teams in a good while, but how does Riis expect Contador to contend a race like Lombardia with only Tiralongo from another team. (and somewhat neutralised by a nasty fall)?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 30, 2012, 11:48
I like reading articles about Alberto from before 2007

http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/default.asp?pg=fullstory&id=3574 (http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/default.asp?pg=fullstory&id=3574)

Quote
On their recent trip to Boston Alberto Contador and Luis León Sánchez, two of their youngest riders (and potential team leaders for the future), were given the opportunity to spend time in MIT’s wind tunnel. Both riders are recognized for their climbing and time trialing prowess and have produced impressive results this year. Contador won the Setmana Catalana and Luis León won the Jacobs Creek Tour Down Under.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: flicker2.0 on October 01, 2012, 06:19
It means he wants to shoot stupid haters right through their brains

Obviously, Albertos' excellence has quelled those who have doubted Albertos' excellence. Very sorry he did not win Lombardi, but he will win classics, so talented....
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 03, 2012, 14:25
"The only real great, I think, is Contador."

Says Moser (http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/12987/Francesco-Moser-says-Nibali-and-Wiggins-are-not-yet-champions.aspx#ixzz28F4LtLdG)

 :win
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on October 03, 2012, 15:32
"The only real great, I think, is Contador."

Says Moser (http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/12987/Francesco-Moser-says-Nibali-and-Wiggins-are-not-yet-champions.aspx#ixzz28F4LtLdG)

 :win

Meh, he also says Nibali isn't a champion. Can't take anyone who says such things serious.

:P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on October 03, 2012, 21:17
Meh, he also says Nibali isn't a champion. Can't take anyone who says such things serious.

:P

Didn't he say " yet" ? If so that isn't necessarily a criticism of nibali as its still the springtime of his career. More motivation - go on nibs, become a champion.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: flicker2.0 on October 04, 2012, 03:53
"The only real great, I think, is Contador."

Says Moser (http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/12987/Francesco-Moser-says-Nibali-and-Wiggins-are-not-yet-champions.aspx#ixzz28F4LtLdG)

 :win

Come on, DiLucca, Scarponi, Garzelli, Rebellin, Basso, Sella, Pellozotti, etc. still riding, and as clean as Moser, during his career, LOL.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 12, 2012, 18:54
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/AvxV8E2CQAAIX0f.jpg:large)

Credit goes to larry
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 21, 2012, 11:42
(http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/554180_440446699324500_1765745776_n.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on October 22, 2012, 08:44
not sure if this has been posted

early career

http://planetaciclista.blogspot.ie/2010/12/alberto-contador-cumple-28-anos-y-lo.html (http://planetaciclista.blogspot.ie/2010/12/alberto-contador-cumple-28-anos-y-lo.html)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on October 22, 2012, 21:55


not sure if this has been posted

early career

http://planetaciclista.blogspot.ie/2010/12/alberto-contador-cumple-28-anos-y-lo.html (http://planetaciclista.blogspot.ie/2010/12/alberto-contador-cumple-28-anos-y-lo.html)

Damn, for a sec there i got a bit excited that he just finished 28 ( i knew he was 30 but for a sec thought - maybe i got mixed up)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 22, 2012, 22:11
Nice summary it is it just needs 3 more chapters 8)

7
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 23, 2012, 15:26
 :-\ :-\
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 23, 2012, 15:27
Alberto Contador ‏@albertocontador
Quote
In madrid,in the middle of a traffic jam in the M-30 motor way, what a pity not have a bike for riding through it :( ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 24, 2012, 19:37
(https://yfrog.com/o0t1gqmtj:iphone)

Alberto Contador ‏@albertocontador
Quote
Taking the maximum advantage of the day, here with my little dog Gorla, on her first birthday :)

(http://yfrog.com/scaled/landing/610/mmrfk.jpg)

(http://yfrog.com/scaled/landing/862/dntfv.jpg)

(http://yfrog.com/scaled/landing/734/hh3tc.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: killswitch on October 24, 2012, 20:39

Alberto Contador ‏@albertocontador

Guess after the TDF he will get another dog and name him Chris.  :-[
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 24, 2012, 22:08
:froomedog
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: killswitch on October 25, 2012, 13:48
Slick move, Bert. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30bsHmVUdVg#)

 :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 25, 2012, 19:11
Hilarious ;D And look Andy is such a clueless little boy :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: barrus on October 25, 2012, 19:44
That really is a great video and it really seems quite devious from Contador  ;D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 26, 2012, 15:24
Alberto Contador: Qué Come... Un Campeón - Saborea Madrid (2007) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLaR-1FYT_8#ws)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 31, 2012, 19:13
http://albertocontador.org/fundacion-contador/jose-luis-de-santos-dirigira-el-equipo-junior-de-la-fundacion-alberto-contador/ (http://albertocontador.org/fundacion-contador/jose-luis-de-santos-dirigira-el-equipo-junior-de-la-fundacion-alberto-contador/)

Too awesome :) :) :)

Director will be José Luis de Santos the coach of the Spanish national team

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José Luis de Santos estará al frente de un grupo de no más de 15 jóvenes, de los cuales ya están confirmados los siguientes: Óscar Linares, Pablo Noriega, Juanjo Pazos, Francisco Pérez, y Sergio Fernández (Cantabria), Cristian Torres (Alicante), Enric Mas (Baleares), Álvaro Cuadros (Andalucía), Miguel Ángel Ballesteros (Murcia), Miguel Ángel Alcaide (Castilla La Mancha), Diego Pablo Sevilla y Víctor Aguado (Madrid) y Fernando Barceló (Aragón).

Up to 15 young riders in the team

There is also an English version but automatically translated

http://albertocontador.org/fundacion-contador/en/jose-luis-de-santos-dirigira-el-equipo-junior-de-la-fundacion-alberto-contador/ (http://albertocontador.org/fundacion-contador/en/jose-luis-de-santos-dirigira-el-equipo-junior-de-la-fundacion-alberto-contador/)

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The idea of the Foundation has materialized thanks to the personal commitment of Alberto Contador, who thus wants offer to a new generation of cyclists the opportunity to have the best means available, without forgetting their education, key in this category, between 17 and 18 years old. “We are thrilled with this project”, says Alberto Contador, “because we are working for the future of our sport, which is something we love. We want to support the quarry cyclist in a particularly difficult time in which many teams and many races are disappearing”.

Apparently it was Alberto's idea and he approached José Luis de Santos. A lot of sponsors of Saxo will also sponsor this team, I don't know if it's U23 apparently it's especially for 17-18 year old riders
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 13, 2012, 16:35
SaxoBank-TinkoffBank ‏@saxobanktinkoff
First day at team building camp in Gran Canaria: Scuba diving, free diving contest, jet ski, banana boat, kayak, beach volley. Pics to come.

Pics to come.

Pics to come.

 :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on November 14, 2012, 13:02
Only for the super fans

http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=57167 (http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=57167)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 14, 2012, 19:12
Pics here http://www.tdwsport.com/en/imagedesk/feature-details/repid/20123780/year/2012/month/11 (http://www.tdwsport.com/en/imagedesk/feature-details/repid/20123780/year/2012/month/11) :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* I love this team :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on November 15, 2012, 09:59
Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank - Team Building Camp (part 1) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7_CjmZba8I#ws)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 16, 2012, 21:35
Part 2

Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank - Team Building Camp (Part 2) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lvHRRsxDAY#ws)

Post Merge: November 16, 2012, 21:36
I wish I could thank myself for this vid
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on November 16, 2012, 23:38
there you go Fleur.  I thanked you for you  ;D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on November 17, 2012, 00:20
You can thank me for the vid though flo  ;)

Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank - Team Building Camp (Part 2) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lvHRRsxDAY#ws)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 18, 2012, 16:55
chris juul-jensen ‏@JensenJuul
Man I'm pretty chuffed .. 20.000 ppl came to ride with me today..cheers.They did however struggle with my name...They kept saying Alberto..
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 19, 2012, 14:50
 :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on November 20, 2012, 12:49
Alberto Contador exclusive: My only intention is to win

http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/alberto-contador-exclusive-my-only-intention-is-to-win (http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/alberto-contador-exclusive-my-only-intention-is-to-win)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 20, 2012, 15:41
Bastard jsg :'(

http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/alberto-contador-exclusive-my-only-intention-is-to-win (http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/alberto-contador-exclusive-my-only-intention-is-to-win)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: froome19 on November 20, 2012, 20:34
Spamming this thread with some relatively unrelated news.. but may as well put it here seeing I am here.. :D

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/saxo-tinkoff-brings-back-the-bird (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/saxo-tinkoff-brings-back-the-bird)
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With two banks as co-title sponsors, the Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank team will remove both iterations, becoming simply Team Saxo-Tinkoff.

"With immediate effect, Riis Cycling and its two co-title sponsors, Saxo Bank and Tinkoff Bank, have agreed to change the name of the cycling team to Team Saxo-Tinkoff," the team announced today.

Tinkoff Bank signed on with the team of Alberto Contador ahead of this year's Tour de France, when the team adopted a new colour scheme that incorporated Tinkoff's yellow into the black, blue and white of Saxo Bank.

The 2012 jerseys included both the Saxo Bank logo, the Tinkoff Bank shield and left out the prominent Riis eagle that had previously featured on the front of the jersey.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 20, 2012, 20:38
No worries the article mentions Alberto so it is all ok  :tu
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: froome19 on November 20, 2012, 20:44
Alberto Contador Just Dance - Maxchiney (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dodAQDe0PCU#)

Dance music  :)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 20, 2012, 21:08
Alberto hates music ;D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 20, 2012, 21:52
(http://www.albertocontadornotebook.info/i/ckPN2010pro2.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Fowsto Cope-E on November 22, 2012, 02:12
Does Bertie have an opt-out, if Saxo don't make the WT? Otherwise no TdF in 2013 for him.

You really think Saxo won't get invited to the Tour if they aren't ProTour? Surely, the Tour won't want to leave out Contador. And even if they do, I don't think Contador will mind. He said he didn't particularly care for the Tour in the recent Procycling interview. He said that he would enjoy doing the Giro/Vuelta just as much. He just likes racing, it doesn't matter the event.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Arb on November 22, 2012, 08:15
They invited him to the presentation.

Unless something happens in the next few months (a long time in cycling) they will get an invite.

Although it would be funny to see them overlooked for Saw, I'm, or App.net
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on November 22, 2012, 10:28
even if Saxo are not WT

can not see them not getting invites to races they want
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 22, 2012, 15:39
Alberto visited a childrens hospital together with Nicolas and Roman

http://www.laprovincia.es/sociedad/2012/11/22/alberto-contador-siembra-sonrisas-materno-infantil/498795.html (http://www.laprovincia.es/sociedad/2012/11/22/alberto-contador-siembra-sonrisas-materno-infantil/498795.html)

(http://imagenes.renr.es/resources/jpg/7/9/1353582221497.jpg)

(http://imagenes.renr.es/resources/jpg/4/6/1353582221464.jpg)

(http://imagenes.renr.es/resources/jpg/9/6/1353582221469.jpg)

(http://imagenes.renr.es/resources/jpg/9/4/1353582221449.jpg)

(http://imagenes.renr.es/resources/jpg/0/0/1353582221500.jpg)

(http://imagenes.renr.es/resources/jpg/9/7/1353582221479.jpg) (wtf)

(http://imagenes.renr.es/resources/jpg/2/5/1353582221452.jpg)

(http://imagenes.renr.es/resources/jpg/0/1/1353582221510.jpg)

(http://imagenes.renr.es/resources/jpg/9/5/1353582221459.jpg) (wtf)

Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 22, 2012, 15:42
Nicholas Roche ‏@nicholasroche
@albertocontador signing #anfi t-shirt with @Roman86_K in children hospital, a emotional moment.hope our smile helps pic.twitter.com/nx3ELFwH

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A8PiigqCEAAR6_n.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on November 22, 2012, 19:56
(http://imagenes.renr.es/resources/jpg/9/5/1353582221459.jpg)

genius whoever thought to have a cow there brilliant

comedy gold  ;D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 24, 2012, 13:08
Rory Sutherland ‏@rorysutherland1
Racing up a climb with ole Alberto in the Gran Canaria heat in November is an interesting feeling #heartattack #tooearly
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 25, 2012, 09:10
Nico Roche interview

He will help Alberto win the Tour

http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/13363/Nicolas-Roche-Interview-One-step-back-to-take-two-steps-forward.aspx (http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/13363/Nicolas-Roche-Interview-One-step-back-to-take-two-steps-forward.aspx)

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VN: Obviously Alberto Contador is the biggest name on the team. Have you spoken to him much?

NR: Yes…the other day we spent the whole day together. There were four of us – myself, Contador, Kreuziger and Chris Sorensen. The four of us were together from eight in the morning until seven that night. We had a good day and were really able to talk.

I was quite surprised because when we race, Contador is not one of those guys who says much. I always said he was very discrete, saying thank you when you let him by and everything, but otherwise being pretty quiet. But in the car he was really, really talkative. He was talking about race situations, and other things. The four of us had a nice chat.

Then yesterday Roman, myself and him went to the children’s hospital in Las Palmas to visit the kids who are being treated for cancer. That was a tough moment – I haven’t been in one of those hospitals since my little brother Florian was ill.

It was nice, though, in that the families really appreciated it. Myself and Roman have very poor Spanish – we are working on it and we were able to communicate with the families and with the kids who weren’t shy enough to talk, but Alberto spoke for five to ten minutes with each of the kids. They were all over the moon.

That sounds like my Berto :'( :-* :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on November 25, 2012, 09:33
aww what a honey.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on November 25, 2012, 12:04
Contador is obvious proof that you don't need to be an asshole to dope delve into things that cycling fans don't necessarily approve of.

My initiation as a hardcore cycling fan was around 2004, and as a Dane (sort of, anyway - long story) I naturally rooted for CSC (as they were known then, and will always be known to me), which made me a supporter of Basso. He certainly did his wrongdoings, we know now, but nevertheless is a likable character.
Then came the Schlecks, and I defended them against doping accusations and stayed loyal when they (and half of Riis' team) jumped ship to Leopard. In some part because of the, to be frank, extremely hostile backlash in the Danish media and general public. After some time, this has cooled off, also because especially Andy comes across as a person I wouldn't necessarily want to be around 24/7. I do have friends/acquaintances that have some of the same characteristics, and I come along fine with them - but not for great lengths of uninterrupted time.
As Contador was being utilized in this "witch hunt" I didn't take to him initially; and when the Clen case broke he was pretty much dead to me.
But with his attitude to fellow racers, traditional races, spectators, fans, sick children in hospitals etc. he's really managed to turn that around. He did something (and this is not the place to discuss what it was), but apparently he's a great person.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 25, 2012, 12:06
yea he is a bit special
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on November 25, 2012, 12:21
yep - Alberto leaves me conflicted and very aware of my own hypocrisy.

I dont like doping.  I see it as cheating ... as the same as climbing off your bike and driving for 50 km in the middle of a race, then continuing.

But I do like Alberto a lot. He has the sportsmanship and overall class that I am drawn to. The way he rides, and the way he conducts himself is something I really like.   

So I  overlook his cheating - on the basis that everyone did it, and he was only competing in that environment - but its a hard one.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 25, 2012, 20:28
In an interview with French tv Alberto said that he won't participate in the Tour if Saxo only get the green light two months before the start (I think that is about the wild cards)
      
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: froome19 on November 25, 2012, 20:55
Yep basically implying he wont race Tour unless Saxo get given WT status..

Unless they can arrange something with ASO, seems he does not want to risk anything on an undecided place in the Tour, but at the same time it would be rather outrageous if ASO do not pick Saxo..
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 25, 2012, 20:59
Yup I agree
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 26, 2012, 14:27
Found out that the interviewer was mean to Alberto >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 26, 2012, 14:36
 >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 26, 2012, 14:39
They will if they want Alberto :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on November 26, 2012, 14:39
Yep basically implying he wont race Tour unless Saxo get given WT status..

Unless they can arrange something with ASO, seems he does not want to risk anything on an undecided place in the Tour, but at the same time it would be rather outrageous if ASO do not pick Saxo..

the ASO may also announce wildcards early as well , it has been done more and more

but TDF without Contador will be a lesser race what ever you think of him  and I bet Andy, Nibs, Evans :froomedog  etc all want him there as well
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 26, 2012, 14:40
Yea :win :win :win :win :win
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 27, 2012, 15:27
Alberto tonight on Fenomenos Antena 3 22:30 I hope someone will put it on youtube
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 27, 2012, 17:59
Seneca J. Rose ‏@sansenmag
UCI points name him "#1 Cyclist in the World" but poor, poor Purito seems destined to 2nd tier cycling star while Contadorus Rex is around.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: mc_mountain on November 30, 2012, 10:29
3 more years on contract, 3 years left on career spazio GT (http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.spaziociclismo.it%2F&act=url)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on November 30, 2012, 11:01
3 more years on contract, 3 years left on career spazio GT (http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.spaziociclismo.it%2F&act=url)

Can not see it myself, but there you go, you think with his holiday and lost results he would want to go crazy
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Jamsque on November 30, 2012, 14:44
Contador keeps his Grand Tour option [sic] open for 2013 (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contador-keeps-his-grand-tour-option-open-for-2013)

Code for 'Oh god I have no idea what my team will be able to ride next year'
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 30, 2012, 15:18
3 more years on contract, 3 years left on career spazio GT (http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.spaziociclismo.it%2F&act=url)

 :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 01, 2012, 15:51
Hurrah Alberto says he didn't mean he'd retire when his contract is finished. :karen :flo
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 02, 2012, 10:27
flip off byop
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Dim on December 02, 2012, 22:53
Albertos meat supplier named Spanish Cycling Federation President
http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/news/41019/Spanish-federation-elects-Contador-meat-supplier-as-president (http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/news/41019/Spanish-federation-elects-Contador-meat-supplier-as-president)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 03, 2012, 17:16
I love it maybe he will flip the finger to MPCC and tell the spanish coach to take Alberto to the worlds
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 03, 2012, 17:23
Alberto is in Moscow

(https://yfrog.com/gz2p6nfj:iphone)

(https://yfrog.com/kea9qfxj:iphone)

Cuadrifoglio d'Oro with 7 GT wins on it
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 04, 2012, 15:24
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"Alberto Contador is a superstar, the best racer in the world, and I can't even remember the names of whoever Argos-Shimano have in their squad," Tinkov said in a press conference with the Spaniard in Moscow on Monday, according to RIA Novosti.

 :win :tu :-* :-[ :D 8) :win
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Dim on December 04, 2012, 15:26
What a douche Tinkov is :D I can name at least 6 :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 04, 2012, 15:33
Oleg :win :win :win
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 04, 2012, 15:35
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A9OPpC0CMAA1S1K.jpg)

that wall :fp
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Jamsque on December 05, 2012, 10:36
Oleg :win :win :win

Oh Fleur, this is a new low for you. Oleg Tinkoff is almost entirely despicable.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 05, 2012, 14:47
http://www.esciclismo.com/ampliada.asp?Id=24124 (http://www.esciclismo.com/ampliada.asp?Id=24124)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 05, 2012, 14:49
Oh Fleur, this is a new low for you. Oleg Tinkoff is almost entirely despicable.

Brilliant I love how he says exactly what I think. saxo has cool riders cool manager and a cool sponsor 8)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on December 05, 2012, 17:08
Oh Fleur, this is a new low for you. Oleg Tinkoff is almost entirely despicable.

Probably but he does invest in the sport, and he was also bad ass enough to register himself as a member of his own team and ride for fun, so like with Vino i try to overlook the nasty side.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on December 06, 2012, 03:11
I guess there are some perks to this cycling gig

If you are under 18 ( thats you froome ;)) dont  click.on.the links.

http://fotos.miarroba.es/me/f2e3/29510B9EA92650AAA3F92550AAA3F8.jpg (http://fotos.miarroba.es/me/f2e3/29510B9EA92650AAA3F92550AAA3F8.jpg)

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A8ELO_KCUAAPWo_.jpg (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A8ELO_KCUAAPWo_.jpg)


Ps we may have already thought of that joke.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 06, 2012, 15:38
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A9btrgwCEAEDrFg.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A9buU5tCMAAUYPt.jpg)

Finally no team building on his birthday but he is still away from home :fp

Post Merge: December 06, 2012, 15:39
I guess there are some perks to this cycling gig

If you are under 18 ( thats you froome ;)) dont  click.on.the links.

http://fotos.miarroba.es/me/f2e3/29510B9EA92650AAA3F92550AAA3F8.jpg (http://fotos.miarroba.es/me/f2e3/29510B9EA92650AAA3F92550AAA3F8.jpg)

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A8ELO_KCUAAPWo_.jpg (https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A8ELO_KCUAAPWo_.jpg)


Ps we may have already thought of that joke.

That is not Alberto 8)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 09, 2012, 21:49
ALBERTO CONTADOR EN PERSONA @ PedaleoWeb (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdTQr7Z8-po#ws)

:-* :-*
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Dim on December 10, 2012, 00:47
there are days i regret adding the code to allow embedding of youtube videos. :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on December 11, 2012, 11:02
SPECIALIZED-FUND. ALBERTO CONTADOR (1ª Concentración) @Pedaleoweb (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wH6u6LXHik#ws)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: search on December 11, 2012, 11:31
from today's print edition of AS (google translated)

Alberto Contador: "License gives me peace of mind"

"The main thing is that it gives me peace of mind. It is important to have a good programming in cycling and in the event they do not give us the license, it would have been different. It was evident that if the thing was done by points, we could have problems, but we have a great team individually and globally. I trusted that he would leave. The Katusha is a surprise, nobody expected it. I have not yet determined the calendar, the only thing I know is that you start in the Tour de San Luis, and then go to the Tour of Oman
".
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Jamsque on December 11, 2012, 13:48
He's had a proper go before and been roundly beaten. I don't think Liege or Amstel suit him at all, he could win Fleche if he is willing to change the way he rides the Mur.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 12, 2012, 07:38
Tour of Oman, is this a joke?! :firemew

He won't ride the ardennes for his own chances, they have Kreuziger who will do much, much better. Alberto just doesn't do the steep stuff well enough
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: ram on December 12, 2012, 11:33
Tour of Oman, is this a joke?! :firemew
Why?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 12, 2012, 13:45
it's oman :'(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: froome19 on December 12, 2012, 15:24

He won't ride the ardennes for his own chances, they have Kreuziger who will do much, much better. Alberto just doesn't do the steep stuff well enough
Stage 4 of Tour 2011 is best demonstration of Contador's chance at La Fleche imo.
He certainly can be a force in the Ardennes and anyways anyone is better than Kreuziger whomever it is.  :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 12, 2012, 15:27
Roman is the best :-*
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 12, 2012, 15:30
Stage 4 ok but what about this years Vuelta he was even beaten by :froomedog for gods sake :fp
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: froome19 on December 12, 2012, 15:32
Tbh I believe that at the begining of this year's Vuelta Contador was not at his best by a long way and it was evident that he was getting better slowly. Just remember that stage where Piti and Purito overtook him just before the line. By then he was probably one of the strongest already.

This is really strange me hyping Contador and you hyping Froome ;D :fp

Edit: Oh and of course Froome was close to his strongest earlier on in the Vuelta. Froome when it comes to steep stuff is pretty good imo.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 12, 2012, 15:36
I am not hyping froome. i just think Alberto doesn't have a chance at FW especially with Phil and Purito etc no way he can beat them, I think a top 10 is possible but not more
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: froome19 on December 12, 2012, 15:40
Well against an on form Phil I dont think anyone has much of a chance. But just making point that he is hands down better than Roman and personally I believe that he could get a podium. It is not that rare to find a couple of riders having a bad day or something and then he finds himself the favourite etc. Though I would like to see him riding Liege, I know it may not suit him but I think he could give Nibs a run for him money.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 12, 2012, 16:01
In hilly classics Roman >>>>>>>>>>>>> Alberto and how the hell is Alberto supposed to give Nibs "a run for his money" in Liege when it suits him even less than FW
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: froome19 on December 12, 2012, 16:07
Talking about La Fleche... well Contador's best result is 3rd there whilst Kreuziger's best is 38th there AFAIK.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on December 12, 2012, 16:08
Well against an on form Phil I dont think anyone has much of a chance.

In FW, Valverde, Rodriguez, Sagan, Contador.. Plenty of people who could beat Gilbert there.

Quote
But just making point that he is hands down better than Roman and personally I believe that he could get a podium. It is not that rare to find a couple of riders having a bad day or something and then he finds himself the favourite etc. Though I would like to see him riding Liege, I know it may not suit him but I think he could give Nibs a run for him money.

Contador is certainly better than Kreuziger in FW, don't think Kreuziger has ever shown anything there while Contador has been close to winning. In the AGR, neither of them stands a chance. In LBL, I'd give Contador the edge over Kreuziger, but both are candidates for a podium at least. They could certainly be a dangerous duo.

I don't see why Contador wouldn't be able to perform in the Ardennes. He's normally better on the short steep stuff than Andy (see Mende), yet Andy has managed to win LBL. Contador in top-form would be as dangerous as anyone in LBL.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: froome19 on December 12, 2012, 16:11
In FW, Valverde, Rodriguez, Sagan, Contador.. Plenty of people who could beat Gilbert there.
In 2011 form?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 12, 2012, 16:13
Alberto is not good enough, we saw this in la Vuelta, he needs long mountains not steep hills
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 12, 2012, 16:15
I don't see why Contador wouldn't be able to perform in the Ardennes. He's normally better on the short steep stuff than Andy (see Mende), yet Andy has managed to win LBL. Contador in top-form would be as dangerous as anyone in LBL.

Because Andy's entire season revolves around LBL and the Tour. Alberto could do well too if it were the only race he focused on in the first few months of the season. But he doesn't so we don't even have to discuss this.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: ram on December 12, 2012, 16:17
In 2011 form?
By a Rodriguez in 2012 form easily.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on December 12, 2012, 16:25
Because Andy's entire season revolves around LBL and the Tour. Alberto could do well too if it were the only race he focused on in the first few months of the season. But he doesn't so we don't even have to discuss this.

He could easily be competitive in P-N before riding the Ardennes in top-form. Nibali managed to do it with Tirreno-MSR-LBL, why wouldn't Contador be able to? He doesn't have to make it his sole aim of the spring, but certainly in my opinion a LBL win (or even podium) would add more to his palmares than another P-N. Though the Spanish might disagree of course, stage-race focused as they are.

By a Rodriguez in 2012 form easily.

Exactly.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 12, 2012, 16:33
Alberto probably won't ride PN he will ride TA and I do believe this will add more to his palmares than a LBL podium, and I do think he has a much bigger chance to win or podium TA than to win or podium LBL
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on December 12, 2012, 16:41
Funny how you guys missed 1 rider who could bet all if in form

Evans -  might never be in form again by the way but there you go  :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: ram on December 12, 2012, 16:44
Kevin Evans?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on December 12, 2012, 16:46
Kevin Evans?
:P
do not stand on his dog either
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: froome19 on December 12, 2012, 16:48
By a Rodriguez in 2012 form easily.
I still found Purito 2012 less convincing than Gilbert 2011, but it is a possibility tbh...
Though I still find it hard to see him in that form being beaten by the likes of Sagan, Contador, Valverde etc. Just how I see it tbh.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on December 12, 2012, 17:39
Funny how you guys missed 1 rider who could bet all if in form

Evans -  might never be in form again by the way but there you go  :P

For a moment there I thought you were going to say Nibali.

Disappointed now.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on December 12, 2012, 17:41
For a moment there I thought you were going to say Nibali.

Disappointed now.

in short uphill sprints at the end of 200 km of racing - nope
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: ram on December 12, 2012, 17:47
For a moment there I thought you were going to say Nibali.

Disappointed now.
Welcome to my world of disappointment knowing that a Shep would just soar up the Mur race if he were invited to it.... but will never be. Stoopid ASO
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on December 12, 2012, 18:02
Tbh I believe that at the begining of this year's Vuelta Contador was not at his best by a long way and it was evident that he was getting better slowly. Just remember that stage where Piti and Purito overtook him just before the line. By then he was probably one of the strongest already.

He was caught cos he went all out early and hit the wall metaphorically speaking. Meanwhile Purito and Valverde have twice the sprint of Contador so its no surprise they flew past him in the last 50.

Besides, being narrowly beaten  on that finish by the 2 best riders in the world at that kind of finish doesnt seem to me to be a sign of poor form. Twas other stages that perhaps suggest that.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on December 12, 2012, 18:08
I am not hyping froome. i just think Alberto doesn't have a chance at FW especially with Phil and Purito etc no way he can beat them, I think a top 10 is possible but not more

there you go with the - "oh no contador is doomed "act again.

A lot of things can happen. Purito and Gilbert wont neccesarily be on form. THey might go early. Where was Gilbert this year? Besides Contador can improve on his 3rd place. He probably wasnt at his 100% best then and can maybe go faster and besides that was a pretty fast year so if he can make a better attempt of it next time it could be enough even to go toe to toe with Gilbert.

He is probably not going to win Fleche because Purito and Gilbert when on form should have his number in that race

But top 10 at best?

That said I dont think he will ever peak for Fleche and doubt he will even try
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: froome19 on December 12, 2012, 18:15
He was caught cos he went all out early and hit the wall metaphorically speaking. Meanwhile Purito and Valverde have twice the sprint of Contador so its no surprise they flew past him in the last 50.

Besides, being narrowly beaten  on that finish by the 2 best riders in the world at that kind of finish doesnt seem to me to be a sign of poor form. Twas other stages that perhaps suggest that.
Sorry if I didnt make it clear that I was using that stage to suggest that he had been improving and would have probably won if not for the fact that he mistimed it.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on December 12, 2012, 18:17
For a moment there I thought you were going to say Nibali.


in short uphill sprints at the end of 200 km of racing - nope

 rider that can win- nope.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 12, 2012, 18:53
there you go with the - "oh no contador is doomed "act again.

A lot of things can happen. Purito and Gilbert wont neccesarily be on form. THey might go early. Where was Gilbert this year? Besides Contador can improve on his 3rd place. He probably wasnt at his 100% best then and can maybe go faster and besides that was a pretty fast year so if he can make a better attempt of it next time it could be enough even to go toe to toe with Gilbert.

He is probably not going to win Fleche because Purito and Gilbert when on form should have his number in that race

But top 10 at best?

That said I dont think he will ever peak for Fleche and doubt he will even try

That's why I said top 10 at best he will never make a real attempt to win it
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 17, 2012, 15:07
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1svhVUX-dU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1svhVUX-dU)

Post Merge: December 17, 2012, 15:08
23:39 of alberto
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on December 18, 2012, 15:55
(http://news.velonation.com/Men/Road/Cm_Cz/2012/original/Contador_Alberto_Vuelta12_st21-1.jpg)

http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/13524/Contador-upbeat-heading-into-2013-It-should-be-the-perfect-preparation-for-winning.aspx (http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/13524/Contador-upbeat-heading-into-2013-It-should-be-the-perfect-preparation-for-winning.aspx)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 18, 2012, 16:00
Alberto Contador en El Hormiguero (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko8YHCE26Sw#ws)

cute :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 22, 2012, 09:45
Alberto Contador (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77gx7gaugbM#ws)
:-*
Flo porn
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 23, 2012, 16:54
Best Cycling Save Ever (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVzNFnOx-RA#)

poor baby Berto :'(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 23, 2012, 19:15
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMWbdjOyLfk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMWbdjOyLfk#ws)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 23, 2012, 19:22
Alberto participated in El Partido por la ilusion, some football match organized by iker Casillas for his foundation ???  I think ???

I hope there will be vids  :-* or maybe I don't  :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 01, 2013, 19:42
Asked to make a prediction for the best rider of 2013, Basso picked Alberto Contador for stage races and teammate Peter Sagan for the classic. However he predicted he will be a podium contender at the Giro d'Italia, throwing down the gauntlet to Wiggins and Nibali.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: search on January 07, 2013, 14:13
new wallpaper for fleur
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 07, 2013, 15:13
http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/ciclismo/ciclismo-entrevista-contador-20130107-1015-169/1643845/ (http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/ciclismo/ciclismo-entrevista-contador-20130107-1015-169/1643845/)
:-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on January 08, 2013, 01:21
http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/ciclismo/ciclismo-entrevista-contador-20130107-1015-169/1643845/ (http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/ciclismo/ciclismo-entrevista-contador-20130107-1015-169/1643845/)
:-* :-* :-*

Bored so did a brief summary.

"the worst and best for you of 2012"

The worst as you probably know the time i had to spend out.

The best - the support of the fans.

More so than the win in the Vuelta.

Yeah of course more the support, because it made me feel really supported. I will always be in debt to those who supported me.

Fuente de was where you won the Vuelta. It was like a kamikaze, what was in your mind at the time?

It was a quick thing. I thought attack and did. We knew it wasn't the best hill to attack but if we wanted to win we had to try because i didnt want to think of 2nd place. So i tried and the satisfaction when i pulled it off was incredible.

Did you think that the Vuelta was lost?

It was complicated. I knew i was running out of opportunities to put time into Joaquin. But the second rest day i thought about how to do it, and decided we had to try everything.

One of the big images was your celebration, the way you spread your arms out, stopped breathing and just let the emotion out. How did you feel at that moment

Its difficult to explain. I had sacrificed a lot. The objective had been to win and i wanted to win but it was getting very difficult so im not sure if it was an expression of relief or if it was satisfaction. there were a lot of feelings and i cant quite describe it.


Usually you celebrate with the pistol but this time you forgot it.

I dont think i forgot it it was just that it was such an incredible victory with all the emotions from the year, the help of the fans


You took the red and kept it to Madrid. What did you think when you oficially won in Madrid

I felt really relieved because it was a very important race for me. But i was also very happy with the show we put on to the fans on the road and on tv. And also because something we dont always see is the good sporting respect between all of us fighting for the win and i think we were really sporting with eachother.

Here we see you winning. You also recieved an award a few days ago. I think the Vuelta also helped the sport in light of some of hte recent complications. Do you think this vuelta helped bring the fans back and does the sport need the fans?

Without doubt. I think the Vuelta was the race with the most fans that youve seen on the road, more even than in the Tour de France. It was a big boost. And the problems that cycling has had, im an optimist and with the progress made, hopefully they are in the past. Hopefully cycling will go back to a global level

What do you think about the whole Armstrong saga.

Well if it is proven that he didnt apply to the rules then its normal that he was sanctioned.
I feel a bit sad because i looked up to him because when i began cycling, it was a bit late i was 15 years old and he was the one dominating the sport

But your relationship with him when you were together on a team, was difficult.

Well it wasnt the best. But i am a person who tries to ignore the negatives. I learnt a bit from him too.

Did you criticsise the press on their response to armstrong.

no it was misunderstood what i said. All i wanted to express was that i think they were treating him a bit unfairly, but these things get taken out of context.

2013. Your team have a guaranteed place at the TDF. your main aim is to win it?

Yes, i am relieved we got the license. It will be my main aim. last 2 years i wasnt able to be there. 1 i wasnt able to be there the other i wasnt able to be on form. And this year i would like to come to win. More than just fight for the victory i want to win which is more difficult.

The parcors is good for you?

Last year was for time trialists, a bit limited in the mountains. This year its different. Its good for me but also good for my rivals. But i think its a good parcors for a good spectacle


You mention your rivals. Is Froome a bigger rival than Andy?

Froome is a rider who is getting better every race.He is more complete in that he can tt well which makes things more difficult for me. Andy is a bit more limited in the tt. But you have to respect the tremendous quality of Andy Schleck.

Do you think if Froome hadnt been Wiggins teammate last year he would have won.

Wiggins was impressive in the tt and mountains but its difficult to say. It would have been a much more open race. But wiggins tt was impressive.

Will you do another gt this year?

I cant say exactly now. Its all for the Tour. Usually if its all towards the tour then the options for other gts are limited. We have other riders on our team capable of high gc in gts, so they might do those gts but the options are still open for me.

I heard you describe this as the best team you ever had. Why?

Because the level of riders has gone up. Rogers a world champ. Kreuziger who fights for podiums in gts and Roche who can get top 10 at least in the gts. This together with the riders i already had Sorensen, Bennati,Breschel later as well and my friends Hernandez Noval. It takes pressure off me.

Another thing that is important and that seperates some teams from others is unity. We have great unity and also the willingness to achieve the same objective. I think in our team that unity is as good as it gives me great security, having a team like that behind me.

So its a mixture of compromise and quality?

Yes

You once said you would like to do all 3 gts in 1 year. Is it still possible?

Possible yes but its costly in the great effort you have to make. Its costly in the preperation you have to make. And so many other things. So so so so so so much that you have to do and so many factors that have to go right that have doubts i could do it.
It could be that i dont have the great motivation achieve this objective.

Talking of objectives, some say you have 5 gts you say you have 7. How many do you think you have.

To me its 7 of course. I achieved those victories totally clean. After a lot of hard work a lot of sacrifices that you dont see. Fighting to the end. I always considered those victories mine.

Did you ever consider hanging up the bike.

Yes i did. Sometimes really seriously. The only thing that changed my mind was the support of the fans.

You turned 30 recently. A round figure. You achieved so much already, what do you still want to achieve. What dreams do you have left.

On a sporting level i dont have many dreams many left. I already achieved on the sporting level the main ones. More than i ever imagined even a few years ago.

Im still very motivated, I love the bike and enjoy riding it and if i didnt i would stop because its imppossible to make the sacrifices that you have to if you dont enjoy riding. There are a lot of sacrifices in every race from the Tour to the smallest race on the calendar.

In life what i want is a bit of peace, enjoy life with my friends and family, which i often dont get to do when i am away so much

To finish we are at the beginning of the year. What do you want from 2013.

There are 2 things i ask for from 2013. One is peace, for various reasons over the last few years i havent had much peace in my life. The second is to not have bad luck. I always say that all i want is to not have bad luck. The rest will come down to the work you put in.

Thanks for talking to us.

Thanks for having me and thanks for supporting our sport.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slapshot on January 08, 2013, 04:45
Thanks for the translation Hitch, I can cope in French but spanish....no chance :fp #saxotinkoff
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 12, 2013, 19:29
(http://www.zerorh.com/sport/immagini/articoli/169/zoom_Alberto%20Contador.jpg)

that beard is not very aero
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 12, 2013, 19:45
 :S
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on January 12, 2013, 20:08
That's not a beard. That's a couple of hours growth.

Pete, when will Bertie know if he's riding the Vuelta?

He knows already. He just says "its possible" to the Spanish press to be nice.

Its like when he went to the giro presentation in 2011 and said that he is keeping options of doing 2012 giro "open" then the next day said he wont be doing the Giro (though of course it didnt matter anyway cos cas would ban him)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 12, 2013, 21:38
Pretty annoying. Lighten up Berto there are more races out there.

Is he trying to become like Andy :fp or maybe he wants to be the second lance :fp
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on January 12, 2013, 22:26
Pretty annoying. Lighten up Berto there are more races out there.

Is he trying to become like Andy :fp or maybe he wants to be the second lance :fp

Funnily he did say at the presentation that he will be going to Argentina for San Luis now but that he will take it easier than last year ;)

Its like he looked at Andy and thought - why did i never race like that.

Still, maybe hes only bluffing.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Dancing on the Pedals on January 13, 2013, 10:13
Watched this last night  :D

VUELTA A ESPAÑA 2008-ANGLIRU-CONTADOR (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWxdUWUFprw#)

Even if Alberto targets the tour as his primary goal, and doesn't go to the Vuelta, he will presumably race in stage races earlier in the season to get his form, and when he races, he always tries to win, rather than just coast along in the bunch.  Should be fun to watch him go up against the Sky train
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Echoes on January 13, 2013, 16:33
Lighten up Berto there are more races out there.

 :D :D :D :D :D :D

6 years required to open your eyes ??
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 17, 2013, 12:22
http://teamsaxobanktinkoffbank.com/ny_news.asp?n_id=3848 (http://teamsaxobanktinkoffbank.com/ny_news.asp?n_id=3848)

Berto!

Quote
“My expectations are different from last year because the idea is to fine tune and adjust my weight, since I'm a few kilos over. But that's normal in January. It's true that I like to compete if I see an opportunity. I can hardly stop myself if I have god legs but I'm a bit overweight and when it comes to uphill finishes, it's all mathematics. "

He is fat again  :)

Quote
"then the team will analyze the possibilities of riding some of the classics or go to the Giro.”

 :rolleye il giro... are you crazy?!
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Jamsque on January 17, 2013, 17:37
Nooooo leave the Giro for Bradley please Alberto.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: froome19 on January 17, 2013, 17:40
Nah I don't mind Alberto doing the Giro if it means Chris gets a free run in the Tour :cheesy
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 18, 2013, 07:42
Haha look at you two being scared of Alberto :)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Dancing on the Pedals on January 18, 2013, 22:23
Well, who wouldn't be?  He sh*ts all over any other rider in the entire peloton  ;)  And much as I like seeing Brits do well - and genuinely do hope that Froome wins a GT one day, I kind of want Bertie to trample all over the euphoria that engulfed British cycling last year.  After all, I'm British, and we don't like being good at stuff   :'(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on January 18, 2013, 22:51
http://teamsaxobanktinkoffbank.com/ny_news.asp?n_id=3848 (http://teamsaxobanktinkoffbank.com/ny_news.asp?n_id=3848)

Berto!

He is fat again  :)

 :rolleye il giro... are you crazy?!

he wont do the giro. and as much as id like to see him try, i hope he doesnt because he needs to win the tour this year.

But i would love to see him doing giro at 90% in 2014, if they do  a relatively easy course which with Aquarone they might. Hell Aquarone has shown, that if someone like Contador phoned in and asked for an easier course he probably would give it.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on January 20, 2013, 13:31
Apparently its true.

Giro ditalia .
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 20, 2013, 13:36
this is crazy
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on January 20, 2013, 17:24
...but here's my number, so call me maybe! :D
Sorry, couldn't resist.

Contador is an awesome rider. If he does ride the Giro, that's good news.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Jamsque on January 20, 2013, 19:32
Boo this, man. Boo this.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 20, 2013, 20:24
Boo this, man. Boo this.

He didnt say that he'll ride it! Pay attention.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on January 20, 2013, 20:53
Not sure how I'd feel for Contador to ride the Giro. The GC field is currently quite balanced, with a lot of riders who all have a chance of getting a podium or even winning. With Contador there and competing for the win, he'd crush the opposition probably. On the other hand, it would be brilliant to have Contador there alongside the other big stars, and Contador would certainly ensure it wouldn't get boring.

Don't think it'll happen though, or perhaps he'll ride it at half strength or only for 2 weeks or something.. He needs to win the Tour foremost imo.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on January 21, 2013, 01:36
the Giro is a much better race, so I am happy that so many major players want to ride it.

lets make the Giro the one to win    :D


As for the Tour - I think Alberto can do both, so will still be a contender in July
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on January 21, 2013, 13:41
I recon it is on

Spaniard says the route and a stronger team could make a Giro/Tour double possible
Repeating his earlier statement that he is considering riding the Giro d’Italia this year, Alberto Contador has said that if he does the double, it’s with the firm aim of winning both the Giro and the Tour de France. It’s not a question of preparing for the French race by riding the earlier event; instead, it will be guns blazing in both. “With the prestige of this race, I can’t think of anything else,” he insisted.



Read more: http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/13755/Contador-If-I-ride-the-Giro-its-to-win-the-race.aspx#ixzz2IcKT1wiw (http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/13755/Contador-If-I-ride-the-Giro-its-to-win-the-race.aspx#ixzz2IcKT1wiw)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on January 21, 2013, 14:46
I think he is an idiot not to try the worlds. Seriously it looks to me like immense stupidity. Its not like he is andy who had 1 domestique and that's jungels. He would have the best team in the world.behind him on a course that suits him like no 1 day race ever will.

Tour vuelta words would.be the better option on so many levels.

Especially since apparently uci are appealing the mtt proposed for the 2014 worlds which would rule out his chance at 2014 words.tt
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 21, 2013, 15:09
I think he is an idiot not to try the worlds. Seriously it looks to me like immense stupidity. Its not like he is andy who had 1 domestique and that's jungels. He would have the best team in the world.behind him on a course that suits him like no 1 day race ever will.

Tour vuelta words would.be the better option on so many levels.

Especially since apparently uci are appealing the mtt proposed for the 2014 worlds which would rule out his chance at 2014 words.tt

?!

re worlds 2013: I think he will ride for Piti or Jrod IF he rides
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on January 21, 2013, 15:24
1 day races are not his strong suit

Doing the Giro tour dbl would be a bigger thing imo.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 21, 2013, 15:35
yes

but of course giro-tour is harder than tour-vuelta and of course with giro-tour you risk the tour while with tour-vuelta you risk the vuelta
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on January 21, 2013, 15:38
1 day races are not his strong suit

Doing the Giro tour dbl would be a bigger thing imo.
he can try that next year or 2015 when he'll be 32.  this is his only chance at worlds. And he's not that bad at 1 day races.  with the hard course at florence even by soft peddling he'll find himself in the peloton with 1 lap to.go and it may be a very small group. All he would have to do is attack on the last lap and there are few riders that can stop him. Its worth a try.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on January 21, 2013, 15:43
he can try that next year or 2015 when he'll be 32.  this is his only chance at worlds. And he's not that bad at 1 day races.  with the hard course at florence even by soft peddling he'll find himself in the peloton with 1 lap to.go and it may be a very small group. All he would have to do is attack on the last lap and there are few riders that can stop him. Its worth a try.
Maybe but if he wins the dbl he will hold all gt title's, not been done before with all 3 I think

Plus he gets a Giro title back.

I think he is number 1 gt contender but maybe top 15 in a hilly 1 day race.

Right move for him,
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on January 21, 2013, 19:35
I'll have to side with Hitch on this one.
Of course I'm very much a classics fan, and don't care overly much about GTs. But when was the last time a GT rider has won the Worlds? OK, I just checked: Evans in 2009... :embarrassed
My point still stands: Far too few GT riders care about the Worlds these days, it's the most prestigious prize in cycling. Yes, above a yellow jersey, above a pink jersey, above a Paris-Roubaix cobblestone - and I would love for Contador to show himself in Firenze this September.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on January 22, 2013, 01:01
I have to admit - while I love the idea of him doing the Giro ... Hitch is right.

This is his shot at the Worlds.  Might be his only chance
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on January 22, 2013, 01:17
Maybe but if he wins the dbl he will hold all gt title's, not been done before with all 3 I think

Plus he gets a Giro title back.

I think he is number 1 gt contender but maybe top 15 in a hilly 1 day race.

Right move for him,

Unless Contadors entire talent is down to some super recovery skills, there is no reason why his 1 day race ability should be so far down on his gt form. He has explosion, he has the climbing skills, he has the flat skills. Far worse gt riders than him have been able to string it together in a 1 day race. Even guys like Anton Pantani Frank Schleck who are known entirely for their mountain skills and even seen as fragile on the flats and poor place fighers have turned out quite good at 1 day races when they go for them.

He has top 10d the last 2 monuments he did and wasnt exactly giving his all in either - following wheels for vino in liege and not too bothered about Lombardy (im basing that on his late decision to even participate and the fact that is form had clearly dropped off post vuelta see worlds tt)

To put it another way the last time the worlds was this hard was apparently Duituma. Every rider on the podium there was a gt winner. 1 day race or gt, You put in a 5k climb and Contador will suffer less than others at the same pace. You put the 5k climb in a dozen times and by the final lap you have a fresher Contador than other riders.

And the reward. 12 months in stripes. How can he not go for it
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 22, 2013, 11:31
Unless Contadors entire talent is down to some super recovery skills, there is no reason why his 1 day race ability should be so far down on his gt form. He has explosion, he has the climbing skills, he has the flat skills. Far worse gt riders than him have been able to string it together in a 1 day race. Even guys like Anton Pantani Frank Schleck who are known entirely for their mountain skills and even seen as fragile on the flats and poor place fighers have turned out quite good at 1 day races when they go for them.

He has top 10d the last 2 monuments he did and wasnt exactly giving his all in either - following wheels for vino in liege and not too bothered about Lombardy (im basing that on his late decision to even participate and the fact that is form had clearly dropped off post vuelta see worlds tt)

To put it another way the last time the worlds was this hard was apparently Duituma. Every rider on the podium there was a gt winner. 1 day race or gt, You put in a 5k climb and Contador will suffer less than others at the same pace. You put the 5k climb in a dozen times and by the final lap you have a fresher Contador than other riders.

And the reward. 12 months in stripes. How can he not go for it

Ok. I don't agree. There are so many other climbers who can at least sprint :fp

The chance that Alberto wins this (so from a solo) = like 2-3%. It's not worth it, it's better to ride for Piti :karen

I'm all for Tour-Vuelta, Giro is too risky.

(Besides it's better to have someone wear the rainbow jersey who doesn't spend half the season in some sort of leader's jersey + I want to see Alberto in Saxo-tinkoff colours not white with rainbow stripes (how am I ever gonna recognize him in a race))
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on January 22, 2013, 11:32
Ok. I don't agree. There are so many other climbers who can at least sprint :fp

The chance that Alberto wins this (so from a solo) = like 2-3%. It's not worth it, it's better to ride for Piti :karen

I'm all for Tour-Vuelta, Giro is too risky.

(Besides it's better to have someone wear the rainbow jersey who doesn't spend half the season in some sort of leader's jersey + I want to see Alberto in Saxo-tinkoff colours not white with rainbow stripes (how am I ever gonna recognize him in a race))

the bloke that Andy is watching all the time ?

Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 22, 2013, 11:36
How do I recognize Andy? :evil:
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on January 22, 2013, 11:40
How do I recognize Andy? :evil:

skinny bloke with lots of white bandages
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 22, 2013, 11:41
what if Andy abandons, how do I recognize Alberto? :embarrassed
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on January 22, 2013, 12:22
The white jersey with rainbow stripes, of course. :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on January 22, 2013, 13:41
Ok. I don't agree. There are so many other climbers who can at least sprint :fp

The chance that Alberto wins this (so from a solo) = like 2-3%. It's not worth it, it's better to ride for Piti :karen

I'm all for Tour-Vuelta, Giro is too risky.

(Besides it's better to have someone wear the rainbow jersey who doesn't spend half the season in some sort of leader's jersey + I want to see Alberto in Saxo-tinkoff colours not white with rainbow stripes (how am I ever gonna recognize him in a race))

To say that contador can't win a race with a 5k climb of 8% done 10 times, because he can't sprint, is like saying that he can't win angliru because he can't sprint.

Ffs he managed to do a 40k solo in fuente de and that stage was 100.times.more hostile to a solo effort.

The climb in the worlds is harder than verbier. You think after a brutal 260km valverde would find it easy to follow a contador attack? Not that he even would try since they are teammates.

Besides didn't contador show he's at least a better sprinter  than nibs and hejsedal in dubai ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 22, 2013, 13:54
To say that contador can't win a race with a 5k climb of 8% done 10 times, because he can't sprint, is like saying that he can't win angliru because he can't sprint.

Angliru doesn't have 10k of flat after the climb.

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Ffs he managed to do a 40k solo in fuente de and that stage was 100.times.more hostile to a solo effort.

That was not a solo

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The climb in the worlds is harder than verbier.

Seriously?

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You think after a brutal 260km valverde would find it easy to follow a contador attack? Not that he even would try since they are teammates.

No but he could come back in the remaining 10km

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Besides didn't contador show he's at least a better sprinter  than nibs and hejsedal in dubai ;)

 :)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 22, 2013, 13:55
After 250+ km I think all things are possible. Even Bertie winning a 'sprint'.

I dreamed last night that Alberto won worlds 2013 beating Cav in a 1 vs 1 sprint :evil: :-x
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on January 22, 2013, 14:05
Angliru doesn't have 10k of flat after the climb.

That was not a solo

Seriously?

No but he could come back in the remaining 10km

 :)

Angliru has 500m of flat after the climb ;)

Its not 10k of flat though but 10k of flat and descent.

And in a classic that's nothing. Look at how joaquim rodriguez managed to defend a 10second lead over 10k of flat in lombardy. Contador is 10times the rider on the flat that rodriguez is and any chase group is likely to be weaker.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 22, 2013, 16:57
Alberto Contador al via della stagione 2013 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTI2mi_nU-I#ws)

why is Alberto so sexy <3
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 24, 2013, 19:21
(http://cdn3.media.cyclingnews.futurecdn.net//2013/01/24/2/ciclismonatural_00a_670.jpg)

:hug search
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 24, 2013, 19:24
one of my favorite berto videos

Es Mi Vuelta (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBXekmnBrfs#ws)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 25, 2013, 11:51
Etapa 4 - Part 4/4 - Tour de San Luis 2013 - San Luis -- San Luis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uR7rp-BrGo#ws)

I have no idea what he's saying but I like the team polo
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Jamsque on January 25, 2013, 21:21
So Contador isn't riding the Giro after all. Thank goodness.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 25, 2013, 22:00
:fp all because you want wiggo to win :fp you should have more faith in your idol :fp

I'm gonna laugh so hard if wiggins doesn't win il giro now :evil: and i will think of you jamsque :cool:
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 27, 2013, 10:15
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BBj3JJ6CMAIYP_W.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BBj4ZSACAAAJFFd.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 27, 2013, 12:36
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BBk_q2ZCIAEC_ai.jpg)

(https://o.twimg.com/1/proxy.jpg?t=FQQVBBgpaHR0cHM6Ly90d2l0cGljLmNvbS9zaG93L2xhcmdlL2J5aXplci5qcGcUAhYAEgA&s=agK7hpBjO9OhG1CMd_xQ5hYLK11YVnQzNh6H8iyHLxk)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BBl0HwCCcAAvQ8D.jpg)

lol
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Havetts on January 27, 2013, 12:49
I can imagine it itches after being so long in the saddle ::)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 27, 2013, 19:30
female version of Alberto

(http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/528603_473386662713934_450615079_n.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on January 29, 2013, 12:41
PROFESSIONALS   Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Contador: "When there is nothing left of that guy's Iberdrola will be time to leave"


Alberto Contador has ended on a high note his first race of 2013, and the fourth stage at the Tour de San Luis. Although it started with the intention of not getting involved, he had his doubts and finally could not resist and starred in two climbs up in El Mirador del Potrero de Los Funes and El Mirador del Sol where he won.

We take the presence of BiciCiclismo in San Luis for a personal interview before a counter season that can finally compete normally.

What motivates you most in this stage of your sports career?
What I like to compete, is what makes me go out every day to train and love that people give me and says he enjoys me, that's very important and makes everything very easy.

You have had many experiences and sporting life, what remains of that boy amateur Iberdrola?
remains many things, almost everything. I consider myself just like 10, 11, 12 years later, too (laughs). Yes it is true that the prospect of cycling is different because you have a number of responsibilities and limitations on things we can do. See cycling not only as entertainment but as only a job. But, well, much of that boy. When nothing is left will be time to leave the bike. The illusion is always of course, but it's different. Because as live experiences see things one way or another, otherwise could not go out and train.

You are fulfilling years, you're a distance runner, an endurance runner, but has lost spark?
No, no, no. At the end depends somewhat on the fitness of each race. For example, the last few races that are my reference, the 2011 Giro d'Italia and the Tour of Spain 2012. In the Giro 2011 the spark was exactly the same as always. And in return had the spark but it was no match fitness had not allowed me to maintain the same speed for the ports. So I think that spark the preserve.

Do you think your level of 2011 Giro and the Vuelta 2012 can win the next Tour?
Well, in the Giro 2011 the level was really good, but I hope to improve it for the Tour de France this year.

Bet on the Grand Tours, it is logical that fit your specs, do not you draw large Ardennes classics, Arrow, Amstel and Liège or the Tour of Lombardy, great racing tradition and history and with millions of fans?
For not. Do not know why. I never have come to excite as the Grand Tours. Just because I'm good laps and it would make it easier, in the classic instead see it more as the lottery and have to influence many factors. Just once I bet on them in 2010 and it is a time in which I favor allergies too. And last year in the Tour of Lombardy, although at some point I felt great, I was ahead but in the end I had some problems with the brakes, otherwise I could have finished in the top, first not because Joaquim was very strong but second or third.

"Mutual love" with the Giro d'Italia

Do you feel more passion for the Italian fans that the Spanish?
I think it's something different. Maybe there is more passion in Italy, but in Spain is incredible: it was amazing what I have experienced in the last lap, every day at the start or the finish, it was something that had never lived and had not seen or Tour de France. I feel really loved. Yes, with the Tour of Italy say we have a relationship of mutual love. If you ask for a preferred career surely tell the Giro d'Italia and that means how happy I am that race.

Your participation in the World Championship have questioned the Florence, does the World Ponferrada is a stimulus for the next year?
course is extra motivation, it is in your country and in principle on a journey that I can adapt better. It can be a great opportunity. As for 2013 will depend on whether I go to the Tour of Spain and is in the Vuelta will depend on if everything went well in the Tour or not, that does not mean winning or not winning but you have some kind of mishap on the can not perform at their best level.

Despite being the Tour de San Luis the first race of the season, the Saxo Bank-Tinkoff has worked in front of the pack, is it something you've asked?
Yes I think in the end all things must train them and also the respect of the squad must be earned each race. You have to work, sometimes you win and some do not. Fellow train for it.

How have you found the two end up?
First day in El Mirador del Potrero de los Funes had cramps and I was being cautious. In El Mirador del Sol could win again, but I'm still limited by weight and perhaps by heat.

And what about the first test trial of the year?
The trial involves efforts earlier in the season that is not even want to see them but are always welcome to do quality work.

Was the trial of 2009, in Annecy, which overcame a Cancellara, your last great performance in the field?
'm satisfied with my progress in the time trials. I think I did the time trial in the Tour of 2011 was very good, I just beat Tony Martin and Cadel Evans, the Giro d'Italia 2011 the last day did third but in the final meters I got carried away when he did not earn; and I think the time trial of the Tour of Murcia when I got the victory in 2010 and also last year's Vuelta.

interview - http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=58944 (http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=58944)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 29, 2013, 16:28
Alberto Contador Interview January 2013 (en Español) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q-HNO5-088#ws)

Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on February 04, 2013, 12:57
http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/13861/Contador-almost-certain-to-miss-Ardennes-Classics-this-year.aspx (http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/13861/Contador-almost-certain-to-miss-Ardennes-Classics-this-year.aspx)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: ram on February 04, 2013, 13:02
Are you saying he's not going to ride the classics, the Giro, Tour and then the Vuelta in preparation for the worlds? I am genuinely astonished.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Arb on February 04, 2013, 13:04
Damn I was looking forward to him taking on Devolder in the Ronde.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Zam on February 04, 2013, 14:14
female version of Alberto

(http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/528603_473386662713934_450615079_n.jpg)

who is it?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 04, 2013, 15:21
who is it?

guess who
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 04, 2013, 15:22
It's not Pete. Way hotter than Pete :P

it's not me, I am a blonde :)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 12, 2013, 18:37
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BC5xcmGCQAAfEaB.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BC6_QZWCYAA0hfd.jpg)

oh and for those who didn't see it in the Oman race thread on CN:

Niki ‏@NikiTerpstra
Na finish tegen zeg ik tegen Contador:Alber,waarom week je van je lijn af?Ten 1e is het Albertooooo en ten 2e was het maar 0,0005 centimeter

Pretty hilarious but unfortunately only makes sense if your Dutch or Belgian
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Dancing on the Pedals on February 18, 2013, 20:38
Read this a few days ago but made me smile and reminded me why I love Berto as a rider so much:
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"Coming to a race and treating it as if it was a training ride is not something that I can do"

So, much as I like Froome and dislike how I think he is/has been treated at Sky, roll on Berto wiping the smug smile of Brailsford's face in July and arriving on the Champs Elysee in yellow  :win
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 22, 2013, 16:08
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BDsZT7LCIAAoVd8.png)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 04, 2013, 21:08
http://www.lefigaro.fr/cyclisme/2013/03/01/02007-20130301ARTSPO00390-nicolas-roche-contador-a-un-cote-killer-impressionnant.php (http://www.lefigaro.fr/cyclisme/2013/03/01/02007-20130301ARTSPO00390-nicolas-roche-contador-a-un-cote-killer-impressionnant.php)

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Nous n'avions jamais beaucoup discuté, juste quelques échanges de courtoisie parce que lorsqu'il est en course, il est toujours à 100%. Et ce qui m'a surpris en stage, c'est qu'il est très bavard, il donne des conseils, parle de tout et de rien. Mais ce qui est le plus impressionnant, c'est sa détermination, son côté killer, quelle que soit l'activité, qu'il s'agisse de foot, de squash ou de tir à l'arc. Il ne lâche rien. Et s'il n'y a pas de compétition, il la créée. Il aime le côté challenge. Avant Paris-Nice, il m'a parlé de mon rôle, de l'équipe, du vent, de la montagne de Lure (5e étape), de l'importance de ne pas y arriver attardé parce qu'on aurait manqué d'attention dans une bordure. Il est comme un directeur sportif. C'est un chef d'équipe. Il est au courant de tout ce qui se passe. En course, comme à l'entraînement.

GT
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We never talked much, just a few exchanges of courtesy because when it is running, it is always 100%. And what surprised me by training, is that it's very talkative, he advises, talk about everything and nothing. But what is most impressive is his determination, his killer side, whatever the activity, whether it is football, squash and archery. He does not let anything. And if there is no competition, he created. He loves the challenge. Before Paris-Nice, he told me about my role on the team, the wind, the Lure mountain (Step 5), the importance of not getting there lingered because we have lacked attention in a border. It is like a sporting director. This is a team leader. He is aware of everything that happens. In racing, as in training.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Blackbandit222 on March 13, 2013, 21:03
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/froome-and-contador-discuss-mistakes-made-at-tirreno-adriatico (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/froome-and-contador-discuss-mistakes-made-at-tirreno-adriatico)

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Contador revealed he had studied Team Sky race strategy on the mountain finish at Prati di Tivo. He has been watching and analyzing his rivals throughout race.

"The race was useful for several reasons and I learnt quite a few things: the way several teams work, especially Team Sky, which will be useful later in the season at the Tour which is my big goal of the season, when I want to be at my very best and win. This race was a good test and good lesson for July."

That's what I'd being doing a little team recon action & some film study too. C  :angry NTADOR
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on March 14, 2013, 01:41
yeah.  His approach to Sky's tactics will be interesting. 

Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on March 14, 2013, 02:29
Unless Contador was playing possum big time, tactics in the Tour will be useless.

Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on March 14, 2013, 05:42
you dont think form will change in the 4 months until July?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 14, 2013, 07:10
I agree hitch

Ag his form won't improve enough, besides Froome will improve as well
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 25, 2013, 16:04
milano - torino 2012 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huR-UGBsJJQ#)

this is what Berto needs to do, big attack in last 1-2 km, whether it will be enough to win le tour who knows, maybe at 2 km from the finish froome is already 30" ahead...
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 25, 2013, 16:11
 :'(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 25, 2013, 18:20
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BGOFyUXCEAAouUh.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on May 29, 2013, 16:32
Wow no posts for over 2 months

I have some news

http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=62491

He likes the TDF route, with less tt kms and more climbing than last year

He did a TDF stage recon in the alps last week and he is happy with how his form is coming along

Froome will be his most important opponent and he thinks Froome has been very impressive the last two years. He also expects Wiggins to be there because he is the defending champion

He hopes to be in good form during the three weeks and he says that his legs concern him most and if his legs are good, neither Froome nor Wiggins will bother him

He also says he hopes Andy returns to his old level some day because he is a great cyclist.

He will ride Dauphiné and after that he will prepare in Lugano to ride the nats.

He also confirms he moved to Lugano and he says it is where he spends most of his time. He says that he moved there because it allows him to train with his teammates on a different terrain.

He also explains his bad results in the tts this year, he says that because he hasn't been 100% fit because of a hard start of the season and then a flu, his tt lacked a bit because that's what happens when you're not in really good shape. He doesn't think he has lost some of his tt skills.

He doesn't know yet if he'll ride la Vuelta and he says that giro has the hardest mountains :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 26, 2013, 09:27

plus interview

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/exclusive-alberto-contador--i-can-foil-chris-froome-on-tour-de-france-8673812.html
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: August on June 26, 2013, 18:00
Quote
"but I do want to be one of the people who make it an interesting, spectacular race"

And I'll be expecting him to make it a good race. If there's one guy that can really make Sky worry, make them hurt, and be a big threat to them more than anyone else, it will be Contador.

Quote
"I could have lost everything in that race," he says, "I risked it all with one big attack. I learnt there that sometimes you've got to rip up the script and act on instinct. It's never all about calculation."

This is very good to hear. Based solely on their most recent performances, Froome could take a lot of time from Contador in just the time trials. But even if when we enter the 3rd week Froome is leading with a big gap on Contador, it is good to hear that Contador won't be afraid to risk it all with a big attack. And if he is lagging behind and is on a course of going down, you can bet he won't go down without a big fight.  :D

 I especially like how Contador doesn't relay everything on the numbers. Being able to race on instinct is important and can win you the race as he demonstrated last year. And throwing out the script and racing on instinct could definitely win it for him this year IMO.

Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 14, 2013, 16:39
Time to retire. Bye bye Berto.

No more :win , no more :flo

It was fun, I guess.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Joachim on July 14, 2013, 16:44
Glue factory, rather than stud, I think.  :niceday
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 14, 2013, 16:59
I don't understand..?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Joachim on July 14, 2013, 17:05
Little joke. Studs are breeding stables for thoroughbred race horses.

Glue is made of donkeys.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 14, 2013, 17:08
Okay.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: August on July 15, 2013, 06:18
Time to retire. Bye bye Berto.

No more :win , no more :flo

It was fun, I guess.

No, just no. He should not retire at all. What kind of message does that send anyway? When the going get's tough, the tough call it quits? That would be just horrible if he retired after one bad season. I think he's still capable of taking a stage win somewhere this tour, that would be great, as he really needs a win. Hopefully Froome lets him. :?

If this Tour and the rest of his season keeps going like it has so far then he should just do Giro-Vuelta in 2014. He could most definitely contend for overall and stages there. More so then he can at the Tour if he doesn't get better then he is now.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 15, 2013, 08:19
I don't know. If he can't even beat Mollema and Kreuziger he isn't gonna win Giro or Vuelta either. Don't forget that Porte will be there next year.

To be honest I would prefer to see him ride races where there's no sky because I'm fed up with sky.

Also what I can't get out of my mind is that Alberto isn't just crap, he's actually gotten worse during the season.

I agree though,  he really needs a win. So far just San Luis and that was also on pure will power (apparently he made a bet with the boys the night before :D ) but I think Froome won't allow it. He's too close on gc so Froome will chase and I don't expect him to stay at 10 seconds or so to let Alberto win the stage. Actually this night I dreamed that Froome was soloing on the last mtf and then waited at the finish line :rolleye

It reminds me of something that Alberto always says, that sometimes he wishes he would not be such a great cyclist and just a regular top 10 rider, so there would be less pressure on him and less people would be looking at him to attack. Now he can only win stages and races when he's the best, because otherwise everyone will be right on his wheel.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: L'arri on July 15, 2013, 09:32
Honestly I think your gloom, while understandable given the current circumstances, is rather premature, Florry. Consider just how many other heavyweight GC riders and podium step renters have fallen apart here: Rodriguez and Evans to name the two most conspicuous.

Contador has to be allowed to fail and, quite apart from the spectre of Dark Side mutterings, he needs to consistently fail for longer than this before I would start to sniff the familiar odour of glue.

I don't see the situation improving before the end of this season - would that he prove me wrong - but if this situation should continue well into next year, then by all means we can start to talk about a bona fide decline.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on July 15, 2013, 10:08
especially as the last GT he did - he won.

Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on July 15, 2013, 11:18
Next year Froome will be challenged by an improved Quintana, Nibali in the rainbow jersey, and a stronger Contador. With Froome, that makes four insane attackers in a single race. Even for the sake of that alone, Contador needs to continue for another year at least.

Should Contador retires now, he'll retire as a beaten rider. If he truly can't improve any further than this (which I doubt), he should at least retire after having won a Giro or Vuelta in his final season: go out as a winner, which a rider of his calibre deserves.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: August on July 15, 2013, 18:13
I don't know. If he can't even beat Mollema and Kreuziger he isn't gonna win Giro or Vuelta either. Don't forget that Porte will be there next year.

To be honest I would prefer to see him ride races where there's no sky because I'm fed up with sky.

Also what I can't get out of my mind is that Alberto isn't just crap, he's actually gotten worse during the season.

I think he is just having a bad year and an especially hard time. And I think he will be in much better condition next year then he has been this year; and be able to challenge for the top of the podium in GT's more so then he has thus far in the Tour.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 21, 2013, 12:08
I have heard something went wrong in his off-season this year and that's why he's been below par for the entire season :win this off-season he'll use his old approach again and next year he'll hopefully be great again :win  :niceday :flo
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Echoes on July 21, 2013, 12:41
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contador-no-vuelta-a-espana-title-defence

“I will not be in the Vuelta a Espana this year,” Contador told Sporza TV before the start of the penultimate Tour de France stage.
The Saxo-Tinkoff rider said that he would instead concentrate on preparing for the Tour de France  in 2014, [...]

Not racing the Tour of Spain in order to concentrate on next year's Bore de France, which will be held 10 months later ... This guy must have a grain  :wut

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICq9lEqj4cI
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Claudio Cappuccino on July 21, 2013, 15:53
Does Riis get World Tour points for him this year?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Dim on July 21, 2013, 16:04
Does Riis get World Tour points for him this year?

I dont think so, think his points from August 6th next year count, so very likely he will ride the Vuelta next year. But then this is the UCI in charge, who knows what the rules are today.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Claudio Cappuccino on July 21, 2013, 16:23
That would explain why Velasco let Kreuziger pass him at every possibility at the finishline. Smart thinking.

I do think it is insane he will not be attending the Vuelta. Come on, what has he done this year? Trying to get in to the slipstream of Froome, a mediocre attack in Liege,  Tour de France. As it looks even Rodriguez will do the Vuelta.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 21, 2013, 16:41
He isn't riding la Vuelta because his late season last year is the cause of this year's season's failure. He is mentally and physically fatigued-rest is needed.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Dim on July 21, 2013, 17:00
I can understand why hes not doing the Vuelta, but strange that hes not too interested in teh Worlds.

Be very interesting to see what he does next year. With his points for teh Vuelta counting towards Saxo's world Tour points will he be encourage to ride the Vuelta, and could we see him doing Giro/Vuelta instead or will he still do the tour. Few decisions to make in the off season.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 21, 2013, 17:41
Riis now saying they'll have to discuss whether Alberto does Vuelta or not :fp ffs let the guy decide himself :rolleye
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Echoes on July 21, 2013, 17:43
I can understand why hes not doing the Vuelta, but strange that hes not too interested in teh Worlds.

Are you discovering him?

He's never cared. Why would that change?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Dim on July 21, 2013, 17:53
Are you discovering him?

He's never cared. Why would that change?

He's maybe never cared because there has never been a parcours that suited him, and hes never really had a barren season like this with a point to prove.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: August on July 21, 2013, 22:57
Riis now saying they'll have to discuss whether Alberto does Vuelta or not :fp ffs let the guy decide himself :rolleye

Was hoping before that he would do the Vuelta this year, but after hearing that doing it last year may have messed him up for this year, I hope he doesn't race it. Would like to see him at a couple smaller stage races or one days though. Would be nice to see him just get a win. He badly needs one for his confidence. 

Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: wwabbit on July 22, 2013, 07:15
Riis now saying they'll have to discuss whether Alberto does Vuelta or not :fp ffs let the guy decide himself :rolleye

You are overreacting I think. Contador may  have been undecided and was not have been able to decide for himself and needed Riis' advice.

That said, I think Krueziger deserves leadership at this Vuelta - kind of like what Froome got at the last Vuelta after a hardworking Tour.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 22, 2013, 07:49
You are overreacting I think. Contador may  have been undecided and was not have been able to decide for himself and needed Riis' advice.

That said, I think Krueziger deserves leadership at this Vuelta - kind of like what Froome got at the last Vuelta after a hardworking Tour.

I watched the Sporza interview, and he didn't seem undecided. When he was asked if he wouls ride la Vuelta, he just said "No."

Bjarne seems not to happy with that because apparently when the journo told him that Alberto had said he would not ride, Riis said: "It's up to me to decide, not Alberto"
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Claudio Cappuccino on July 22, 2013, 11:47
He isn't riding la Vuelta because his late season last year is the cause of this year's season's failure. He is mentally and physically fatigued-rest is needed.
I am not saying this is a red herring but it seems he didnt have any trouble with that in 2008/2009 winter.

Given his race days this year and given his history of racedays it is understandable he doesnt ride the Vuelta, but it would be nice for the organizers and the sponsors if he would show up and try to take a stage win. The Vuelta looks very empty/or should I say open this year.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on July 22, 2013, 11:59
I am not saying this is a red herring but it seems he didnt have any trouble with that in 2008/2009 winter.

Given his race days this year and given his history of racedays it is understandable he doesnt ride the Vuelta, but it would be nice for the organizers and the sponsors if he would show up and try to take a stage win. The Vuelta looks very empty/or should I say open this year.

I thought it was looking rather good actually. Nibali, Betancur/Pozzovivo, Henao/Uran (probably the former as leader), Valverde, Rodriguez, Frank Schleck (?), Kreuziger or Majka or whoever Saxo send, perhaps some riders who failed at the Tour... But I do agree, it would be a sign of respect towards the Vuelta to at least show up and compete for a stage or two as the defending champion. And Contador's season could use a win...
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on July 22, 2013, 12:00
and Gilbert of course  ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on July 22, 2013, 12:02
and Gilbert of course  ;)

Who?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Eric on July 28, 2013, 06:14
I do think it is insane he will not be attending the Vuelta. Come on, what has he done this year? Trying to get in to the slipstream of Froome, a mediocre attack in Liege,  Tour de France. As it looks even Rodriguez will do the Vuelta.

He doesn't have to win a Grand Tour every year, you know. He can chalk 2013 up as an Annus horribilis and focus on winning races next year. I think he ought to not ride another race this season. Take some time off, refocus, lose some weight. That sort of thing. You could tell that there was something a little off with him this year. And I'm not talking about his 'preparation' or performance, it's the attitude. He seemed like he was under a lot of pressure. Plus he let himself go with the weight. That's quite uncharacteristic and I think he could do with some time away from cycling to sort out his problems.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 28, 2013, 09:09
I am not saying this is a red herring but it seems he didnt have any trouble with that in 2008/2009 winter.

Given his race days this year and given his history of racedays it is understandable he doesnt ride the Vuelta, but it would be nice for the organizers and the sponsors if he would show up and try to take a stage win. The Vuelta looks very empty/or should I say open this year.

2008/2009:

A different season,  giro/vuelta, not tour/vuelta or ban/vuelta
Younger (25-30)
Bruyneel
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: doolols on July 28, 2013, 09:53
Take some time off, refocus, lose some weight. That sort of thing. You could tell that there was something a little off with him this year. And I'm not talking about his 'preparation' or performance, it's the attitude. He seemed like he was under a lot of pressure. Plus he let himself go with the weight.

It's funny - that was the first thing I thought when I saw him at the TdF. He did seem to have put on a few kilos since I last saw him.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 28, 2013, 10:26
His upper body has gotten more muscular. He seems to have less fat judging by his legs and his face.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Eric on July 28, 2013, 15:38
I don't think so, Flo. These pictures look like he has a roll of fat (gasp!) around his belly button:

(http://a.bimg.dk/node-images/638/6/2048x-u/6638095-cycling-tour.jpg)
(http://cdn.media.cyclingnews.com//2013/07/18/2/bettiniphoto_0150247_1_full_670.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Eric on July 28, 2013, 15:53
He's been spending too much time with Noval :p
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: L'arri on July 28, 2013, 15:57
If I weighed a kilo more than Contador, I'd be well pleased.

As a pro cycling fan, I can't even call out the fashion industry these days without sounding like a hypocrite.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 28, 2013, 16:11
I don't think so, Flo. These pictures look like he has a roll of fat (gasp!) around his belly button:

(http://a.bimg.dk/node-images/638/6/2048x-u/6638095-cycling-tour.jpg)
(http://cdn.media.cyclingnews.com//2013/07/18/2/bettiniphoto_0150247_1_full_670.jpg)

Lol, even my brother who is skinny as hell has such a roll.

Someone who weighs 62 kg at 176cm can't be considered fat.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Eric on July 28, 2013, 16:43
They can in the context of pro cycling in 2013. You have to be as skinny as Froome, it's all the rage. Don't you follow cycling fashion?!

On another note. I'm 8 cm taller than Contador but 7kg lighter. I must look like a dark skinned Froome.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on July 29, 2013, 16:53
For a pro cyclist, especially one who thinks of himself as a climber, Contador isn't on the skinny side.
If he was one of those cobblestone- and echelon-racers, he'd be alright; but for a climber, that sort of belly is on the heavy side.

Maybe that's the problem: He gained weight in the hope to put minutes into his rivals in echelons, but there was only one stage where that plan worked out? :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on July 29, 2013, 18:08
For a pro cyclist, especially one who thinks of himself as a climber, Contador isn't on the skinny side.
If he was one of those cobblestone- and echelon-racers, he'd be alright; but for a climber, that sort of belly is on the heavy side.

Maybe that's the problem: He gained weight in the hope to put minutes into his rivals in echelons, but there was only one stage where that plan worked out? :D

Well its possible he put the weight on hoping for rainy stages.  A bit silly considering TDF's generally aren't that wet but he did say before the Tour he was hoping for rain.

The weather reports did predict thunderstorms for the last week too.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on August 03, 2013, 14:42
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/lighter-racing-programme-for-contador-in-2014

The good news: Contador takes a serious aim at some one-day races :win GP Ouest-France, Canadian GP's, the WC and Lombardia. Hope he'll be strong in those races, and be motivated to peak for the Ardennes next year.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Echoes on August 03, 2013, 15:26
And I thought it was impossible to make a lighter racing programme than his ... :rolleye
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 03, 2013, 15:28
I thought I read worlds wasn't sure yet and he'll ride lombardia and milano torino if he'll ride worlds
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 03, 2013, 15:29
And I thought it was impossible to make a lighter racing programme than his ... :rolleye

Huh. His program is heavier now. What are you on about.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 03, 2013, 16:10
For a pro cyclist, especially one who thinks of himself as a climber, Contador isn't on the skinny side.
If he was one of those cobblestone- and echelon-racers, he'd be alright; but for a climber, that sort of belly is on the heavy side.

Maybe that's the problem: He gained weight in the hope to put minutes into his rivals in echelons, but there was only one stage where that plan worked out? :D

He isn't fat :niceday he looks much healthier than those walking skeletons
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on August 03, 2013, 20:21
And I thought it was impossible to make a lighter racing programme than his ... :rolleye

To be fair, Contador normally has a pretty well filled first half of the season. OK, he doesn't ride many classics, but he does do a lot of one-week races. This year he did San Luis, Oman, T-A, Pais Vasco, LFW, LBL, and Dauphiné before the Tour; in his last regular season before this (2010), he did Algarve, P-N, CI, Castilla y Leon, LFW, LBL, and Dauphiné. That's a perfectly respectable amount of racedays for a modern GC racer, even if it doesn't compare to the top racers of past times.

The main problem with him is that his season has usually ended at the Tour. But this year his lack of results forced him to change that, which is good imo. As for next year.. We'll see what that lighter season amounts to. Skipping San Luis and Oman is not the end of the world, if he exchanges those for some more races after the Tour I'd be happy with that.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on August 03, 2013, 20:22
He isn't fat :niceday he looks much healthier than those walking skeletons

But those walking skeletons are riding him straight off their wheels. Healthy doesn't work in cycling, it's a sport of extremes ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on August 03, 2013, 21:57
He isn't fat :niceday he looks much healthier than those walking skeletons
I never said he was. :P
I said he "wasn't on the skinny side".


*sound of nuclear explosion from Copenhagen due to excessive hair-splitting*
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 04, 2013, 01:14
To be fair, Contador normally has a pretty well filled first half of the season. OK, he doesn't ride many classics, but he does do a lot of one-week races. This year he did San Luis, Oman, T-A, Pais Vasco, LFW, LBL, and Dauphiné before the Tour; in his last regular season before this (2010), he did Algarve, P-N, CI, Castilla y Leon, LFW, LBL, and Dauphiné. That's a perfectly respectable amount of racedays for a modern GC racer, even if it doesn't compare to the top racers of past times.

The main problem with him is that his season has usually ended at the Tour. But this year his lack of results forced him to change that, which is good imo. As for next year.. We'll see what that lighter season amounts to. Skipping San Luis and Oman is not the end of the world, if he exchanges those for some more races after the Tour I'd be happy with that.

It is not good, he should not let his team decide what he should ride. If he doesn't feel like it's a good idea, he shouldn't do it, it's that simple.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 04, 2013, 01:18
But those walking skeletons are riding him straight off their wheels. Healthy doesn't work in cycling, it's a sport of extremes ;)

It used to work until the skyborgs came along
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 04, 2013, 01:24
I never said he was. :P
I said he "wasn't on the skinny side".


*sound of nuclear explosion from Copenhagen due to excessive hair-splitting*

You said he was on the heavy side :yuush
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on August 04, 2013, 01:29
Florry - it was alphabet who called him fat.   :D


Fus indeed said he "isnt on the skinny side"
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 04, 2013, 01:31
For a pro cyclist, especially one who thinks of himself as a climber, Contador isn't on the skinny side.
If he was one of those cobblestone- and echelon-racers, he'd be alright; but for a climber, that sort of belly is on the heavy side.

Maybe that's the problem: He gained weight in the hope to put minutes into his rivals in echelons, but there was only one stage where that plan worked out? :D

:P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on August 04, 2013, 01:40
lol - ok.   

I dont think he is fat though :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on August 04, 2013, 06:46
*another nuclear explosion can be heard from florry-country, due to even more excessive hair-splitting*

OK, if it makes you happy, I called him fat. :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Eric on August 04, 2013, 06:54
(http://img452.imageshack.us/img452/6938/untitled2tj3.png)

 :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on August 04, 2013, 06:57
*another nuclear explosion can be heard from florry-country, due to even more excessive hair-splitting*

OK, if it makes you happy, I called him fat. :P

tut tut Fus.   Even LA didnt call Betsy fat   :fp
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on August 04, 2013, 17:02
Something to appease florry.
Absolutely awesome Alberto did some promotional cyclotour I've never heard of, climbing the Gavia and Mortirolo:
(http://i44.tinypic.com/2vm7a6d.jpg)
(http://i39.tinypic.com/2drc9c0.jpg)
(http://i43.tinypic.com/w0p44h.jpg)
(http://i39.tinypic.com/4kb1mp.jpg)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqP1Nzmniao (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqP1Nzmniao)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: L'arri on August 04, 2013, 18:34
Something to appease florry. Can you people see the pictures?

No.  :D These are held privately in your Gmail. You'll have to Tinypic them.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on August 04, 2013, 20:02
Ah, bugger, I thought I could skip that step.
Edited the other post now, with tinypics.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 05, 2013, 11:41
It's a ride with AC event organized by zeroRh+ #saxotinkoff eyewear sponsor
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 05, 2013, 11:50
So Alberto will ride the GP in france and the two races in Canada,  plus worlds, lombardia and milano torino. Not smart imo. Unless he rides them like he rode San Sebastian, then it's okay (iow don't push himself when he can't win anyway)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 09, 2013, 20:51
Four days after Bjarne Riis played down the suggestions that Alberto Contador could leave Team Saxo Tinkoff and instead compete next year for the new team being set up by Formula One driver Fernando Alonso, he has said that the Spaniard has indicated that he will stay.

Riis spoke prior to today’s start of stage sixteen of the Vuelta a España and made clear that his top rider would remain in place.

“He’ll stay with us next year. He’s got a contract and he doesn’t want to leave,” he said.

Suggestions that the two time Tour de France winner might leave cropped up after September 2nd news that Alonso was in the process of buying Euskaltel Euskadi’s WorldTour licence. He has long said that he wants to set up a team around Contador, a friend of his, and now seems in a position to offer him a place.

However Contador has a contract with Saxo Tinkoff that runs until the end of 2015.

Riis told VeloNation last week that rumours of a breakdown of communications between them was wrong. “My relationship with Alberto is absolutely fine, and I can only say my feeling is that it is mutual. I have great respect for Alberto as a rider and as a person, and I still have a lot of confidence in him,” he said.

The team is under financial pressure as the current second sponsor, Tinkov Bank, won’t remain on board next year. Riis has been searching for a new backer since July but, thus far, has not finalised anything.

“At the moment we are still exploring some different options in order to secure the team going forward. I do feel there is reason to be optimistic, even though we haven't been able to present an additional sponsor yet,” he told VeloNation last week.

“We have to remember it isn't a long time ago we announced we are in the market, and this process takes time.”

Contador competed in yesterday’s GP Fourmies and will do a number of one day races before the end of the year, including the world road race championships. He wasn’t at his best form in the Tour de France, finishing fourth, but Riis believes he’s coming into shape.

“I’m confident he’s going to have a good end of the season,” he stated. “His goals are the world championship and Il Lombardia but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him at the front in the two Canadian races this week.”

Contador will ride the GP Cycliste de Québec on Friday and the GP Cycliste de Montéal two days later.

Read more: http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/15430/Riis-reaffirms-that-Contador-will-stay-with-Team-Saxo-Tinkoff.aspx#ixzz2eQWaf8hi
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: August on September 09, 2013, 21:48
Sounds like he's actively working towards a good performance in worlds. That's good to see, after the season he's had he really could do with a good result in Worlds or Lombardia.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: killswitch on September 09, 2013, 21:50
http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/09/news/riis-says-contador-staying-put-despite-speculation-of-alonso-move_302230

GRAUS, Spain (VN) — Saxo-Tinkoff boss Bjarne Riis has shot down speculation that Spanish star Alberto Contador could be making tracks toward the new project backed by Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso.

Spanish media have been stirring the waters this week, reporting that Contador could bolt Saxo following the electrifying news that Alonso was saving Euskaltel-Euskadi, and taking over its racing license for 2014.

Riis, however, said that talk is pure rumor mongering from the press corps.

“It’s not the first time we have big speculations,” Riis told VeloNews. “That’s part of this game. How many of those speculations can you believe?”

Alonso and Contador have a long mutual history, dating back to 2008, when Alonso was making noise about creating a Spain-based team backed by Banco Santander. That effort fizzled out, but the sudden emergence of Alonso, who is a mega-superstar in Spain, has revived talk that the driver and Spain’s top grand tour rider could join forces.

Contador has a contract with Riis through the 2015 season, and the Dane insisted his relations with Contador are solid.

“Yes, we are working together well. We have no problem,” Riis said. “He has a contract through 2015. We can keep working together, and hopefully more.”

Riis, however, is facing a funding shortfall from the sudden departure of Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov. The Russian’s arrival in 2012 helped Riis sign such riders as Michael Rogers, Nicolas Roche, and Daniele Bennati, giving Riis deeper pockets to bolster the team around Contador.

Tinkov’s acrimonious departure at the end of this season, opening a funding gap of an estimated 7 million euros, leaves Riis scrambling to find a new co-sponsor to help underwrite the team’s budget for 2014 and beyond.

“[Tinkoff’s] still here until the end of the year. We are looking now for new sponsors. We are in that process,” Riis said. “We are looking at different options, and see what comes out. Then we will be ready to make some decisions.”

Riis said even with the departure of the Russian’s investment, he is still hoping to keep everyone on the payroll that has a contract going into next season. And that, of course, includes Contador and his multi-million-euro deal — reportedly the highest in the peloton.

“At the moment, we are trying to keep everyone who has contracts for next season,” Riis said. “Finding a new sponsor always takes time. Of course, we are waiting on that, and that will affect how the team looks like.”

Whether the Alonso project would have money to try to pick up Contador remains to be seen.

Kiko García, the former pro and Oakley marketing manager who helped stoke Alonso’s interest in the Euskaltel project, said that the new project would slowly take shape over the next few seasons.

García, who has been working with Alonso’s representatives to help organize the new project, has been offered the job of taking over management of the Euskaltel team for 2014. García is meeting with Alonso this week in Spain to finalize details of the takeover.

“Next year, the team will look very much like it does now in terms of riders,” García told VeloNews. “Next year will be a transition season, but we hope by 2014 and 2015, the team can grow and become much more international. A lot depends on what kind of sponsors come on board.”

Contador and Riis look to have at least one more season of working together, perhaps two. A lot will depends on who wins the race to land sponsorship dollars.
On the Vuelta and Tour

Riis also admitted he wanted to see Contador defend his Vuelta crown, but ceded when Contador insisted he did not want to race the Spanish tour after a brutal Tour de France.

“I have learned that forcing people to do things that they’re not ready to do, it never really works,” Riis told VeloNews. “Of course, I would have liked to have seen Alberto here, but we still have a strong team at the Vuelta. He is focusing on the worlds, he’s racing in Canada, and he’s training hard. It’s ok.”


Riis also defended Contador’s performance at the Tour, where he fell to fourth overall on the penultimate stage. Despite not winning a stage or finishing on the final podium, Riis said Contador and Saxo went down swinging, trying everything they could to disrupt Sky and overall winner Chris Froome.

“Why not [be aggressive]? If you have ambitions to win, you have to try something. That’s the way we are. Just like here at the Vuelta. Why settle for less?” Riis said. “Ok, we didn’t win anything. We didn’t finish on the podium. Of course, it’s disappointing when you have Alberto on the team and you do not finish on the podium, but I think the team still did a great Tour.”

For next year, Riis said he and Contador would meet in the coming months to plot a racing schedule.

“Let’s wait to see how [the Tour route] looks like. We have not planned anything, but obviously the Tour is the big thing,” Riis said. “We also have other races and we have more guys who can do GC, so maybe we can share it around. We will take serious decisions later.”
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 23, 2013, 15:56
Berto will start his season relatively late in 2014 (PN?) and is planning on riding both the TDF and la Vuelta.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Jamsque on September 23, 2013, 22:55
Saw that news, and I like that plan for him.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 24, 2013, 11:20
Saw that news, and I like that plan for him.

Why do you like it?

I am torn, on one hand I really want to see him win the Tour so I want to see him try, but on the other hand I don't want him to get crushed again.

I am thinking, would I rather see him ride Giro-Vuelta and have a 50% chance to win il Giro and a 25% to win the double, or a 10% chance to win the Tour and a 5% chance to win the Tour-Vuelta double. I am not sure. I am leaning towards the first.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Jamsque on September 24, 2013, 12:19
I like it because it means we might get to see a closer fight in Le Tour next year. Contador with good form and fresh legs ought to be able to challenge Froome, even if Alberto does not get back to the level he was at before his suspension.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 03, 2013, 15:17
(http://d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net/photos/large/812698098.jpg?1380792023)

Contador and Tiralongo
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 03, 2013, 19:14
Uh oh trouble on team Saxo

http://cyclingquotes.com/news/roche_concerned_by_contadors_vuelta_plans/

Roche not happy with Contador's Vuelta plans.

I still think it would be best for Contador to ride  il Giro for the win, he would be lucky to get a podium at the Tour and after the Tour he will be too tired to fight for the win at la Vuelta.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on October 03, 2013, 19:30
Uh oh trouble on team Saxo

http://cyclingquotes.com/news/roche_concerned_by_contadors_vuelta_plans/

Roche not happy with Contador's Vuelta plans.

I still think it would be best for Contador to ride  il Giro for the win, he would be lucky to get a podium at the Tour and after the Tour he will be too tired to fight for the win at la Vuelta.

Still more of a problem with the sponsor, unless it will actually be Team Saxo Kemo, there is a real issue of too many cooks on the team though, they have 4 riders, Contador, Kreuziger, Majka and Roche who all could go in leading a team at a GT, the first three could potentially win it, Majka would need to step it up, but he could do that, certainly has the skill. Most years what the two first did at the TdF will be enough to take the Vuelta win. Roche would be a shocker to win a GT, but podium is likely the goal, I don't know if he is good enough though. I think if I was them I would let Contador have another go at the Tour, and let him only ride that GT, focus on Il Lombardia and classics after. I would let Kreuziger lead the Giro and let him ride for Contador at the tour, I think Kreuziger might very well win that Giro. Majka could ride the Giro for Kreuziger and be captain at the Vuelta. Roche could ride the Tour for Contador and lead some stage races until the tour, TA and Suisse, with Contador doing Paris-Nice and Dauphine. If Roche did good in the tour reward him with a Vuelta spot. I think such a plan would work out good for the team, giving them a chance at all 3 GT's.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: froome19 on October 03, 2013, 20:41
Why do you like it?

I am torn, on one hand I really want to see him win the Tour so I want to see him try, but on the other hand I don't want him to get crushed again.

I am thinking, would I rather see him ride Giro-Vuelta and have a 50% chance to win il Giro and a 25% to win the double, or a 10% chance to win the Tour and a 5% chance to win the Tour-Vuelta double. I am not sure. I am leaning towards the first.

I think for a rider like him, a fighter who is a once in a generation rider it is very difficult to go away and decide not to ride the Tour which is the pinnacle of the cycling season. So I couldn't imagine him deciding to go for the Giro - Vuelta.

Slightly off topic, but I would love to see Purito go for the Giro next year. He so deserves to win a Grand Tour and I am afraid he has a very minimal chance at the Tour and after riding the Tour, I would not fancy him for the Vuelta even considering he fared well this year because a rider who hasn't ridden the Tour should always have the edge on him.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 03, 2013, 21:44
I can't see it happening either but it's what I would like to see.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on October 04, 2013, 02:30
Roche tried for how many years to win a GT ?

He finally went to Saxo as an admission that his role is to be a superdom ... so he should suck it up and do as he is told.

(Mind, I am not Nico's greatest fan so that may mean my opinion is just a tiny bit biased  :D  )
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on October 04, 2013, 08:06
Roche tried for how many years to win a GT ?
I don't think he ever tried to win one, just to get away with as high a GC result as possible for him. Normally in the low 10s, occasionally, in a weak field and with a bit of luck, cracking the top-10.

He finally went to Saxo as an admission that his role is to be a superdom ... so he should suck it up and do as he is told.
And yet, he achieved his best result in a GT ever at Saxo, including his first victory since the 2009 Irish championships & his first day in the GC leader's jersey since the 2008 Tour du Limousin.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 05, 2013, 11:26
Apparently Contador has agreed to a pay cut

http://bt.dk/?article=27035716-Riis-...get-mister-han

10 to 15% the article says

That would mean he'd go from ~€3.3mln to somewhere between ~€3mln (10%) and ~€2.8mln (15%)

Also interesting, Specialized apparently pays ~€2mln on top of that. So if the rumors about Kemo are true, and Specialized are really dropping Saxo AND Contador, Contador is in for a close to 50% paycut because I can't imagine Kemo becoming a personal sponsor to Contador
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on October 05, 2013, 12:10
problem for Alberto is that his market value is probably closer to his new pay deal than his old one ... so leaving Saxo would still involve that kind of pay cut anyway.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 05, 2013, 12:39
I would disagree. His palmares is worth 2mln alone. Just have a look at all the media attention he gets throughout the year.

What angers me though is that he has to take a pay cut because Riis can't keep his business running. Riis shouldn't have signed multi-year contracts when he only had sponsors for 1 year. I'm surprised Contador accepted it. I sure wouldn't. Riis offered him that contract so he should pay that money.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 05, 2013, 12:49
A few weeks back when there were rumors of Contador joining the Alonso team, he said that he would like to, but that he would honor his contract. Sad to see Riis can't do the same.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on October 05, 2013, 13:02
Riis and Contador are kind of bound together for next year. Contador won't be able to find a new team to pay him anything close to what he's earning now, especially at this late hour. Similarly, Riis needs Alberto to get a new sponsor since aside from him the team isn't all that great to be fair. So for this year, they're stuck with each other. And besides, it's not like Contador will care much about a reduction of some 300.000 euros.. 2.7 or 3.0 million, it's still a sh*tload of money. What's more important for him is to get results in the coming year, and no one can support him in achieving that like Riis and his team.

Perhaps Alberto accepted the reduced deal in exchange for reducing the duration of his contract by one year? That would allow him to leave to Team Alonso for 2015, while it gives Riis a year to find new sponsors and sign new riders to fill that gap. Something like that would probably be the best solution for everyone.

Also, am I the only one who finds the personal sponsorships a bit odd? I understand a company like Specialized wants to be associated with riders like Contador and Cavendish, but along with bike sponsors for teams it makes a very complicated situation. There probably is something in Contador's contract that for the duration of the contact with Saxo he gets to ride the bikes of his personal sponsor; so if Saxo sign a different bike sponsor either they have to buy out the Contador-Specialized contract or Contador keeps riding Specialized bikes while the rest of the team rides those other ones. Either way, I don't think Contador will lose his millions from the Specialized deal; he won't be that naive not to put some clauses on situations like this in his contract. But it does complicate the situation a lot..
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 05, 2013, 13:28
I believe he would benefit a lot from a change of team. So if I were him I'd said - you don't want to pay my salary anymore? Well then let me leave.

It isn't about whatever amount of money Contador loses. It's the fact that he has to give it up, because Riis is a financial disaster. Contador won't help Riis find a sponsor. If he would, they would've found one already.

Also, I would not be surprised if his deal with Specialized ends this year. I think he signed it back in 2010? I sure as hell can't see Specialized extending their collaboration with him.

At least he's evading taxes like a mofo :cool
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on October 05, 2013, 13:50
Who would he change to? Which team would, at this late stage, be able to offer him the money and support he gets at Saxo? Astana are all for Nibali for next year, and have a full roster. Movistar have Quintana and Valverde to focus on. OPQS are full. Katusha could perhaps be an option, but don't even come close to the climbing support Saxo offer. I don't see BMC or Sky happening (although I'd like to see your reaction to Contador switching to the latter ;) ). And none of the other teams can afford him.

Probably his best move is to stay with Saxo for this year, and accept his paycut in exchange for being allowed to join his friend Alonso at the new team next year. He gets to ride with full support and all his friends present this year - because don't forget, him switching teams would leave him without the likes of Noval and Hernandez. Plus it would mean more stress during the offseason. Continuing at Saxo means he can focus just on the road, train hard, and then win some races next year to give him a better position in contract negotiations next year.

Also, Riis being a financial disaster is a bit harsh. Many teams are folding, so is it that surprising that Riis is having problems finding a new sponsor? Perhaps he did make a mistake in re-signing Contador for this much cash. An arrangement with more bonus incentives for winning major races and less standard wage may have been a better idea in hindsight. But can you blame Riis for that? I think all of us expected Contador to continue dominating the scene, in which case Riis would have had a pretty good deal.

I don't particularly care about Contador's financial situation - whether he earns 2 or 6 million, it's still a lot of money in a time where dozens of riders and staff are having trouble finding jobs. What I do care about is him being competitive at the major races next year, and I don't think there's any arrangement now that would offer him better technical and in-race support than staying with Riis.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Jamsque on October 06, 2013, 18:59
Smart move by Contador. Changing team right now will not help him win the Tour next year, where would he go? It's a modest cut in exchange for stability and familiarity for one more year. Still, I bet it stings.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 06, 2013, 19:17
Also, Riis being a financial disaster is a bit harsh. Many teams are folding, so is it that surprising that Riis is having problems finding a new sponsor? Perhaps he did make a mistake in re-signing Contador for this much cash. An arrangement with more bonus incentives for winning major races and less standard wage may have been a better idea in hindsight. But can you blame Riis for that? I think all of us expected Contador to continue dominating the scene, in which case Riis would have had a pretty good deal.

Riis is a financial disaster because he signed lots of guys beyond 2013 even though he only had sponsors secured until 2013. Nothing to do with Contador.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 06, 2013, 19:23
Smart move by Contador. Changing team right now will not help him win the Tour next year, where would he go? It's a modest cut in exchange for stability and familiarity for one more year. Still, I bet it stings.

He won't win the Tour anyway, no matter which team he's on. Of course it stings, everyone's talking about him still earning a lot of money but come on, 15% of your income is a LOT.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 06, 2013, 19:27
Today was in one word a disaster
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: L'arri on October 06, 2013, 19:35
Today was in one word a disaster

Eyebrow raised here, Flol.  :? That Contador got himself dropped on the Sormano and then slid away horribly on the Ghisallo was pretty worrying, especially since Saxo rode quite a good race on the whole.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 06, 2013, 19:39
Eyebrow raised here, Flol.  :? That Contador got himself dropped on the Sormano and then slid away horribly on the Ghisallo was pretty worrying, especially since Saxo rode quite a good race on the whole.

See my post in the Contador dark side thread
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Dim on October 06, 2013, 19:45
Things are clearly not well on the good ship saxo. Yeh, there are darkside issues, but just generally the team have seemed constantly disorganised for the last couple of years.

Riis is clearly distracted by his Danish federation issues, and while most of us can name multiple DS's on multiple teams, Saxo without Riis is like Man Utd without Fergie. Tactics at time seem bizarre, Roche is totally inconsistent. And it just seems like none of them have each others backs, theres no team spirit.

Tinkov hasnt helped stirring things,  but they just seem a train wreck right now. Look at the teams going well this year, Sky, Movistar, and to an extent Astana. What they all seem to have is a good team spirit, riders that are happy to work for each other and work TOGETHER. Contador has a couple of allies at Saxo, guys he brought with him, but on the whole cuts a pretty lonely figure.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 06, 2013, 19:50
Things are clearly not well on the good ship saxo. Yeh, there are darkside issues, but just generally the team have seemed constantly disorganised for the last couple of years.

Riis is clearly distracted by his Danish federation issues, and while most of us can name multiple DS's on multiple teams, Saxo without Riis is like Man Utd without Fergie. Tactics at time seem bizarre, Roche is totally inconsistent. And it just seems like none of them have each others backs, theres no team spirit.

Tinkov hasnt helped stirring things,  but they just seem a train wreck right now. Look at the teams going well this year, Sky, Movistar, and to an extent Astana. What they all seem to have is a good team spirit, riders that are happy to work for each other and work TOGETHER. Contador has a couple of allies at Saxo, guys he brought with him, but on the whole cuts a pretty lonely figure.

I get the impression there actually is a good team spirit and they actually all get along very well
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: L'arri on October 06, 2013, 19:56
I get the impression there actually is a good team spirit and they actually all get along very well

I have to say, I agree. Saxo seems like a better team now. Not on a par with the pre-Leopard era of the Schlecks and Cancellara but still very visible.

Majka needs more time, Rogers is only just back and Roche has to get used to performing at this level but the prognosis seems good to me.

Breschel, Contador and Chris Anker on the other hand...
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on October 06, 2013, 20:14
Breschel, Contador and Chris Anker on the other hand...

I would leave Sørensen out, He really doesn't have the pottential of the two others, what has happened with Breschel is strange he seems to not really get results any more.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Jamsque on October 07, 2013, 11:03
He won't win the Tour anyway, no matter which team he's on. Of course it stings, everyone's talking about him still earning a lot of money but come on, 15% of your income is a LOT.

Ever the pessimist Flo, I think you underestimate your man's chances. With a laser focus, trouble-free preparation and no distractions I absolutely think Contador can challenge for Le Tour next year. Unfortunately I don't think he will get those things, even by staying at Saxo.

You are right that 15% is not insignificant, but on the other hand he has realise that he was being paid as the best Grand Tour rider in the world. He has lost that mantle now and so his salary is being downgraded to 'merely' top GC contender money. No doubt it sucks for him but he is still being VERY well paid for a rider whose 2013 palmares are a stage in San Luis, the points jersey at Tirreno and 4th overall at Le Tour.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 07, 2013, 15:30
 :-x must not rant, must not rant..........
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Jamsque on October 07, 2013, 16:53
I genuinely want to know what you think Fleur!

Obviously you are not happy about your favourite rider having his pay cut, obviously you aren't as bullish about his chances of a good ride at Le Tour next year as I am, but don't you agree that staying at Saxo is the best thing for him at the moment, assuming the team still exists next year?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 07, 2013, 17:04
I genuinely want to know what you think Fleur!

Obviously you are not happy about your favourite rider having his pay cut, obviously you aren't as bullish about his chances of a good ride at Le Tour next year as I am, but don't you agree that staying at Saxo is the best thing for him at the moment, assuming the team still exists next year?

Yes I agree  :angel
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 08, 2013, 17:28
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BWCqwNbIAAAlsvJ.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on October 08, 2013, 17:56
Unkle Bjarne looks like he just got a phone call he did not want
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 08, 2013, 17:57
Unkle Bjarne looks like he just got a phone call he did not want

exactly, Berto and Riis jr all smiles though, must not have heard the news yet :o :o
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 09, 2013, 22:09
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjUxFiR8PjU

Still a great vid, I love these kinda interviews :) :angel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KATucvlq9c

<3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1eNGFdeRqE

 :'( :)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 10, 2013, 08:20
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvLp3Lc3EcE
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on October 10, 2013, 14:56
ha ha

Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on October 14, 2013, 13:03
(http://cdn.velonews.competitor.com/files/2013/10/Alberto-Contador1-659x440.jpg)

Contador at a crossroads: What’s next for the Spaniard? (http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/10/news/contador-at-a-crossroads-whats-next-for-the-spaniard_305721)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 18, 2013, 06:56
(http://cdn.velonews.competitor.com/files/2013/10/Alberto-Contador1-659x440.jpg)

Contador at a crossroads: What’s next for the Spaniard? (http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/10/news/contador-at-a-crossroads-whats-next-for-the-spaniard_305721)

:'(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on October 18, 2013, 07:26
:'(

I do think AC can win 2-3 more GT´s before he finishes and multiple stage races , just through being very good but racing smart  , we will never see a dominate AC again which I think is a good thing. As I think in Darkside matters
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 18, 2013, 11:01
I do think AC can win 2-3 more GT´s before he finishes and multiple stage races , just through being very good but racing smart  , we will never see a dominate AC again which I think is a good thing. As I think in Darkside matters

You know my opinion  ;) I don't want him to get beaten by dopers while he's clean :S
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Tanja on October 18, 2013, 12:26
I do think AC can win 2-3 more GT´s before he finishes and multiple stage races , just through being very good but racing smart  , we will never see a dominate AC again which I think is a good thing. As I think in Darkside matters

Not sure, why are other riders improving when they get older and not Alberto?
Giro -11 is not that far away, anyway.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on October 18, 2013, 13:02
Not sure, why are other riders improving when they get older and not Alberto?
Giro -11 is not that far away, anyway.

many reasons I guess

Some Darkside issues others are peak years we talk of x-y being the peak years for a edurance athelete  , but it will be individual it could be that AC has had his years , I also think the 2 year break did a lot to his body , it will take time and racing miles to get back. If he has this time we will see
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Tanja on October 18, 2013, 13:19
many reasons I guess

Some Darkside issues others are peak years we talk of x-y being the peak years for a edurance athelete  , but it will be individual it could be that AC has had his years , I also think the 2 year break did a lot to his body , it will take time and racing miles to get back. If he has this time we will see

Fair enough, although he only had a 6 month break from racing.

Wiggo won the Tour when he was 33, Evans was 35 (not even mentioning the joke that is Horner), Alberto turns 31. So he could still get better.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on October 18, 2013, 13:22
Fair enough, although he only had a 6 month break from racing.

Wiggo won the Tour when he was 33, Evans was 35 (not even mentioning the joke that is Horner), Alberto turns 31. So he could still get better.

true I always forget the 6 = 2 year thing
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 18, 2013, 22:33
http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/road/2006/mar06/parisnice06/?id=/features/2006/contador_p-n
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 23, 2013, 08:35
Some people may have read it already in the shoutbox last night :win I promised pics :shh

I located Alberto's house on google maps and found out his address :flo :win very exciting :cool

(http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee414/Fleurtje15/Screenshot_2013-10-22-22-58-08_zps64b626b0.png)

(http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee414/Fleurtje15/Screenshot_2013-10-23-09-20-22_zps2f6cb788.png)

(http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee414/Fleurtje15/Screenshot_2013-10-22-22-56-53_zps8be2fc15.png)

(http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee414/Fleurtje15/Screenshots_2013-10-23-09-29-36_zpsff2b1934.png)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on October 23, 2013, 08:45
That's rather humble for someone who earns millions every year.

I only hope that we won't see headlines like "Dutch stalker arrested outside Spanish cycling star's home" soon ... ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on October 23, 2013, 10:34
That's rather humble for someone who earns millions every year.

I only hope that we won't see headlines like "Dutch stalker arrested outside Spanish cycling star's home" soon ... ;)

Not likely, unless she has found Purito's adress as well?

"Dutch stalker arrested outside washed up formed Spanish cycling star's home; Police laughing at her for still caring about this loser while taking her to jail" sounds more realistic (although perhaps a bit long).
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 24, 2013, 16:54
@albertocontador: After seeing that there will be cobblestones in the Tour2014,I began to look and see what I've found.What a day! ;)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BXVmDH1IUAAbRTg.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: L'arri on October 24, 2013, 17:03
Contador rides the pavé really well for a light dude. I can't remember which year it was now (perhaps 2010 because Armstrong was still there and lost time) but he was brilliant on that stage while the Schlecks also got helped through by Cancellara. It gives me hope that Sky won't be able to control it, even if that one 50km+ TT will probably put big, ugly gaps into the GC.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on October 24, 2013, 18:09
Contador rides the pavé really well for a light dude. I can't remember which year it was now (perhaps 2010 because Armstrong was still there and lost time) but he was brilliant on that stage while the Schlecks also got helped through by Cancellara. It gives me hope that Sky won't be able to control it, even if that one 50km+ TT will probably put big, ugly gaps into the GC.

I like this in terms of what it will do to Sky (not a fan) Honestly with Froome I'm not sure what will happen maybe he will be okay, if it is raining Wiggins might fall for the time limit unless he is send some sky doms to help him, the way he rides down corners in the wet, I can't even imagine how he will do on cobbles that are wet. I think Nibali with the way he rides can take advantage from this. And Uran and Schleck might as well with the help they will recieve from Cancellara and that OPQS classics squad respectively.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 29, 2013, 21:25
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TocdBr_z8xk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r7UJbBMO0g :'(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 29, 2013, 21:51
I love that t shirt btw :win :cool
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on October 29, 2013, 22:20
Some people may have read it already in the shoutbox last night :win I promised pics :shh

I located Alberto's house on google maps and found out his address :flo :win very exciting :cool

(http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee414/Fleurtje15/Screenshot_2013-10-22-22-58-08_zps64b626b0.png)

(http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee414/Fleurtje15/Screenshot_2013-10-23-09-20-22_zps2f6cb788.png)

(http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee414/Fleurtje15/Screenshot_2013-10-22-22-56-53_zps8be2fc15.png)

(http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee414/Fleurtje15/Screenshots_2013-10-23-09-29-36_zpsff2b1934.png)


I have just sent  this information to airstream. 
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 29, 2013, 22:37

I have just sent  this information to airstream.

:o very disturbing :'(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on October 30, 2013, 06:38
:o very disturbing :'(

aye because finding the house in the 1st place was not at all disturbing  ;)   :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 30, 2013, 08:36
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1T4OPn27cM
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 07, 2013, 16:57
I have a sudden craving for news about Alberto :angry only thing I could find is that he'll visit Saxo Bank Brasil next week :?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on November 07, 2013, 18:52
I have a sudden craving for news about Alberto :angry only thing I could find is that he'll visit Saxo Bank Brasil next week :?

With many former/current Saxo riders collaborating with the ADD I am sure no news can be seen as good news. What news would come in the off season really though. Or better yet, what good news?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 07, 2013, 19:26
With many former/current Saxo riders collaborating with the ADD I am sure no news can be seen as good news. What news would come in the off season really though. Or better yet, what good news?

Just fun news, not really cycling stuff :) ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on November 10, 2013, 09:54
does this count ?

http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=67157 (http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=67157)

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Alberto Contador traveled to Brazil on a Specialized promotion act and take the opportunity to visit the headquarters of the brand in California in the United States and test new material in wind tunnel.

Directly come from Lugano, the Team Saxo Bank rider travels to Brazil Sunday Specialized hand to promote the brand in an emerging market like Brazil and meet fans in the country.

The rider from Madrid, accompanied by his brother and agent Fran Contador, then travel to Morgan Hill in Santa Clara (California), the Specialized headquarters and where he will train in the wind tunnel bike brand opened in May to test their material . That will be the purpose of meter, test site and new material for the next season in the best possible scenario.

Contador started to train "extramotivado" and "excited" last week and prepare 2014 and on the 20th will go to Gran Canaria at the first concentration of Team Saxo Bjarne Riis.

"Already on the way to Brazil with my friends and @ @ iamspecialized fjcontador with whom I'll be in the wind tunnel. We will test new things while I can enjoy the Brazilian fans," tweeted on Sunday morning Contador.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCEGoSp7mgc
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 10, 2013, 14:01
it's something :S
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 10, 2013, 19:44
http://m.rollingstone.com/movies/news/10-truths-from-the-armstrong-lie-20131107

3. Alberto Contador is a badass.

 :evil:
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 11, 2013, 15:27
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BYy-KGIIcAA8t_E.png)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on November 12, 2013, 08:41
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BYy-KGIIcAA8t_E.png)

Weird AC in the team kit but Jesus not   ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 15, 2013, 21:37
@albertocontador: Gracias @AeroMexico_com por perderme la maleta con material para el tunel del viento, y lo mejor es que no saben donde esta. #sincomentarios

Berto being a bit of a dick. C'mon man :S
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on November 16, 2013, 09:22
@albertocontador: Gracias @AeroMexico_com por perderme la maleta con material para el tunel del viento, y lo mejor es que no saben donde esta. #sincomentarios

I think one could save a lot of money by working at the airport, one could just raid a suitcase everyday and use what was in it, after usage just fold it up nicely and call who ever it belonged to, and they would probably thank you for getting their stuff back in one day.

I kind of see why he would be annoyed, the sole reason for going to Mexico was to do the testing, now his stuff is not there.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on November 16, 2013, 09:56
I think that in the age of smartphones and RFID chips this simply still happens way too often.

People (be it Contador or 'only' a random tourist) paid to have their luggage transported, and don't get what they paid for. If this would happen in some other field of business, those not delivering wouldn't stay in business for long.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 16, 2013, 10:38
New TT position for Berto

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BZKAcFlCMAAgWHM.jpg)

Compared to

(http://cdn.velonews.competitor.com/files/2013/06/WATSON_00003382-052-320x213.jpg)

PS he's so fat compared to 2009 :o

(http://brimages.bikeboardmedia.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/contador-zebra-tt-bike.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: The Hitch on November 16, 2013, 16:36
No jokes about some Mexican thief staring at a suitcase full of blood bags?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Zam on November 16, 2013, 18:26
No jokes about some Mexican thief staring at a suitcase full of blood bags?

Why do you hate Krebs?  :S
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 16, 2013, 18:34
No jokes about some Mexican thief staring at a suitcase full of blood bags?

:lol
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 16, 2013, 18:35
Why do you hate Krebs?  :S

Because he's Mexican, duh
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 16, 2013, 20:51
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BZN7gPICUAAqnnV.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 19, 2013, 19:28
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq_S3wA93qg

Dat ass tho :S :evil:

 :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on November 20, 2013, 06:28
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq_S3wA93qg

Dat ass tho :S :evil:

 :P

ass = increased power
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on November 22, 2013, 14:08
(http://cdn.media.cyclingnews.com//2013/11/11/1/byy_kgiicaa8t_e_220.png)

Later start to season for Contador in 2014 (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/later-start-to-season-for-contador-in-2014)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: KeithJamesMc on November 25, 2013, 14:26
Saxo working out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwoUwld4vgc
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 25, 2013, 15:20
Lol
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on November 26, 2013, 10:54
http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/11/news/contador-retooling-base-ahead-of-ambitious-2014_309974
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 27, 2013, 20:07
http://www.ciclo21.com/contador-y-saxo-visitan-una-residencia-de-discapacitados/
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 28, 2013, 16:11
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC3ENR2I5-I&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 28, 2013, 16:32
(http://cdn.media.cyclingnews.com//2013/11/11/1/byy_kgiicaa8t_e_220.png)
Quote
Contador finished in 4th place at the 2013 Tour and has already signalled that he will start next season significantly later than he did this past campaign, when his first race was at the Tour de San Luis in January. He then looked to build his condition steadily towards July.

In 2014, Mauduit said, Contador will instead aim to reach form early and win selected stage races, but he is likely to stay away from racing in late April and early May ahead of his final build-up to the Tour.

"The option chosen in 2013 didn't fit with Alberto's physiology or with his psychology," Mauduit told L’Équipe. "In years gone by, he had set himself some very early targets, like Paris-Nice and the Tour of the Basque Country. We're going to go back towards this more classic approach." [Contador won Paris-Nice in 2007 and 2010, and the Tour of the Basque Country in 2008 and 2009 – ed.]

"Some riders, like Alberto, need something more cyclical, where they have a big period of work, a peak of form, a rest period, then a new phase of work, a second peak of form… It's closely linked to the rider's motivation. If you don’t understand that, there’s every chance that you'll fail."
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contador-to-follow-cyclical-build-up-to-tour-de-france
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 03, 2013, 14:56
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS00lKQTHIc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

In English
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 03, 2013, 20:20
http://racejunkie.blogspot.com.es/2013/12/the-lament-of-alberto-contador.html?m=1

Hihi :lol
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 06, 2013, 06:53
:Party: :Party: :Party:
31 today :dizzy :dizzy
:) :)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on December 06, 2013, 07:55
¡Feliz cumpleaños Alberto!
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on December 09, 2013, 17:44
Rivals Contador: Evans to Froome

http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=67816 (http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=67816)

GT

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Alberto Contador was king. Until 2011. The Spaniard has been dethroned by scientific machinery and new air Sky Heights arriving from Colombia. And an Italian who has grown step by step. Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali Nairo Quintana and occupy the throne. And they are to stay. The Spanish rider wants his scepter, but this new generation has evolved in the shade since 2007 when the Pinto took the podium in Paris with only 24.

In the 2007 Tour de France, Contador broke tackles and impudence, his own youth. Since then did nothing but accelerate, the Giro and the Tour in 2008, 2009 and 2010 Tours and Giro 2011-disqualified in the latter two. In 2007, African and Froome was still running in the Konica Minolta; Quintana nor had debuted in professional, and Nibali contesting his first Giro d'Italia.

A level of 50 picograms of clenbuterol (0000 000 000 05 grams per ml) during the 2010 Tour on the road exploded Contador in August of that year when the UCI announced the news and kept running though, you can say that not return and normally did until the summer of 2012 and took the Tour of Spain by an act of faith and show Fuente way. The 2009 Tour was its splendor, edged out Andy Schleck at 4:11 am and his partner Armstrong in 5:24, and won fairest in 2010, with 39 "on the Luxembourg regarding Menchov and 2:01. In 2010, British Froome was already in his first year in the Sky; Quintana amazed with only 20 years in the Tour de l'Avenir, and Nibali won the Tour of Spain and was third in the Giro d'Italia Basso. So were far from Counter, Italian was third in the Giro 2011, at 6:56 of the Spanish.

The fact is that Contador won the Tours of 2007, 2009 and 2010, Money 2008 and 2011 and the Tour 2008-then come the 2012 - against opponents who are far from aspiring to at least win the Tour de France today . We talk about Cadel Evans, third in the 2013 Giro but I can not support the French round, the retired Levi Leipheimer, Carlos Sastre and Denis Menchov, doping and banned Ricardo Ricco, Michele Scarponi, Nibali now gregarious. And Andy Schleck, his great rival since 2009, far from its best since his fall in the 2012 Dauphiné.

One can say that the Tour 2011 was the turning point, with Evans on top, escorted by the Schleck brothers Andy and Frank, and a counter, tired after the Giro and weighed down by the falls, and the sword a penalty of Damocles over his head, fifth. A year later, the Team Sky Tour barged in with his steamroller, Wiggins and Froome first second South African after uncovering in the Tour of the surprises of last year, with Juanjo Cobo win. The African, British and continued to roll in 2013 and beat Contador faced few races, Oman, Tirreno, Dauphine and a Tour in which the difference was obvious.

Nibali, meanwhile, has not been on the podium since 2010 Major: 1st and 3rd Giro Vuelta, Giro 2nd 2011, 3rd 2012 Tour, Giro 2013 1st and 2nd Round 2013. Next year we want the highest Tour podium. Of course, Froome. And Quintana, if not in 2014, later. The Colombian said in 2012 and only 23 showed his extraordinary quality and versatility throughout 2013, second in his debut in the Tour, spectacular winner in the Tour of the Basque Country and above all a sense that has the potential to strive for the utmost in the coming years. He and Colombian Rigoberto Uran representing nation, a reality, second in the Giro d'Italia and 2013 gallons of leading OPQS, Sergio Luis Henao and Carlos Betancur.

And in the absence of better Contador, the Spanish cycling has shone on the top with Joaquim Rodriguez and Alejandro Valverde, more mature and regular. The Catalan rider has stepped on the podium Drawing (2nd 2012), Back (3rd 2012) and Tour (3rd 2013) in two magical seasons also won classical and Fleche Wallonne and Lombardy and has been podium in big races. Valverde has also multiplied their podiums, for example, in the Tour: 1st in 2009, 2nd in 2012 and 2006 and 3rd in 2013 and 2003.

Froome, Quintana and Nibali not exist in 2007, the UK was uncovered in the Vuelta 2011, the Colombian in the Tour of the Basque Country and the Tour 2012 and the Italian has continued to enlarge and progress since 2010. Contador did not match their level of previous years in 2013, but does not give up. It never has. It has always been grown in adversity. Become stronger and more prepared, at least give everything for it, and the road will sentence: if it is still competitive to fight for a Tour to their new rivals. He has experience on his side, and none more scars than the best strategist of his hand, Bjarne Riis. And faith. Surely it has begun the countdown of his career, turned 31 on Friday (Nibali has 29, 28 and Froome Quintana 23) but that does not mean it's your downhill sports. On the contrary, Contador wants to win the Tour and will do its part. The question is whether it will be enough to beat Froome, Quintana and Nibali in correctly.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 31, 2013, 09:54
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGJHVoqQqsQ :angel
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 31, 2013, 13:02
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YwhzW-8Nv4

Interview in the wind tunnel
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 12, 2014, 14:17
Quote
@dwuori: Contador catches up with his old pals, the Schlecks, while in Gran Canaria.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BdyOQc4IcAAAH-z.jpg)

:luv <3

Cool team jacket
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 12, 2014, 14:58
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BdyYujaCMAETC5c.jpg)

Dolphins checking out the interview
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 14, 2014, 18:34
ALBERTO
CONTADOR

:win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win

http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/16182/Contador-upbeat-about-season-prospects-The-head-and-body-are-working-well.aspx
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 14, 2014, 18:41
(http://cdn.meme.li/instances/300x300/44864451.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 15, 2014, 12:19
Berto with his Italian friends

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BeAWL-gIUAAqn8H.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 17, 2014, 06:34
http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/16194/Specialized-working-to-improve-Contadors-aerodynamics-identifies-faster-bike-position.aspx
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 17, 2014, 12:28
@FranReyesF: Benjamín Noval: "Contador va a ganar el Tour este año seguro. No sé con cuánta ventaja, pero lo gana seguro

:win
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 17, 2014, 12:29
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BeLSC8JIgAArwka.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Jamsque on January 17, 2014, 13:22
Those kits look even worse in natural light
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Capt_Cavman on January 17, 2014, 13:30
Berto with his Italian friends

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BeAWL-gIUAAqn8H.jpg)
Tosatto not being entirely complimentary about Alberto there.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 17, 2014, 13:33
Tosatto not being entirely complimentary about Alberto there.

LOL

Those kits look even worse in natural light

I actually like how they look
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 17, 2014, 19:11
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/video/cycling-team-saxo-presentation-203557165.html

"We're better than Team Sky" :pray

He needs to stop frowning :S
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 17, 2014, 20:11
No he's not!! :angry

:flo
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 23, 2014, 15:27
Hmmm interesting

Quote
Asked if Alberto Contador may be a match for Froome and can aspire to win the Tour, Porte, who acted as a teammate of Contador during the 2011 season, displayed no doubts about Contador’s ability to seriously challenge for Froome’s Tour crown.
 
"Given the way he won the Vuelta in 2012, then yes! This achievement is not an ancient one. Contador performed below par in 2013 and Chris defeated him on all fronts, against the clock and in the mountains, but Contador never gives up. Physically, Alberto still has every chance of winning a Grand Tour," Porte stated.

http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news/porte_contador_can_still_win_a_grand_tour/
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 23, 2014, 16:10
Sure sure :shh
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 24, 2014, 20:09
NSFW!!!
Spoiler (hover to show)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Drummer Boy on January 24, 2014, 21:07
Is the poll closed? How does one vote?

OK, so I'm bit late perhaps. But I don't think I've participated in a Velorooms poll yet.  :shh
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 24, 2014, 21:17
Is the poll closed? How does one vote?

OK, so I'm bit later perhaps. But I don't think I've participated in a Velorooms poll yet.  :shh

Not closed I think

Perhaps you've voted already?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Drummer Boy on January 24, 2014, 21:24
Not closed I think

Perhaps you've voted already?
That would be weird if I didn't remember.  :D

Pretty awesome, FWIW  :s


Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 24, 2014, 21:26
That would be weird if I didn't remember.  :D

Pretty awesome, FWIW  :s

Write-in vote for DB :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Drummer Boy on January 24, 2014, 21:30
Btw, Flo, do you have a link to that clip where Alberto narrowly avoids colliding with the side of a cliff wall due to his awesome bike handling skills?

I don't remember the year, but pretty sure it was with Astana. Paris-Nice maybe?

Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 25, 2014, 07:56
Btw, Flo, do you have a link to that clip where Alberto narrowly avoids colliding with the side of a cliff wall due to his awesome bike handling skills?

I don't remember the year, but pretty sure it was with Astana. Paris-Nice maybe?

Yes Paris-Nice but 2005 with Liberty Seguros

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVzNFnOx-RA

He escaped on Col d'Eze but got caught by Vino in the end :angry
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Drummer Boy on January 25, 2014, 11:00
Holy Jesus, I'd forgotten just how close that was!  :o

With that pole there, that could've quite easily have been a career ender, if not much, much worse.  :(

Whew!

(The OLN logo brings back some memories too...)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on January 26, 2014, 06:21
Holy Jesus, I'd forgotten just how close that was!  :o

With that pole there, that could've quite easily have been a career ender, if not much, much worse.  :(

Whew!

(The OLN logo brings back some memories too...)

me as well was in *ca circa 2000 - 2002 times flys
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 31, 2014, 14:33
https://twitter.com/albertocontador/status/429232918763163648

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BfTxELjIgAAWNZk.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: August on January 31, 2014, 15:37
Contador firing a warning shot over everyones head with that tweet. I interpret that picture as saying something along the lines of "you didn't really think I was done for did you? Better be ready to suffer in the mountains." :D

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Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on January 31, 2014, 17:16
Contador firing a warning shot over everyones head with that tweet. I interpret that picture as saying something along the lines of "you didn't really think I was done for did you? Better be ready to suffer in the mountains." :D

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BfTxELjIgAAWNZk.jpg)

Funny thing is that jersey is not his anymore.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 31, 2014, 17:31
Funny thing is that jersey is not his anymore.

It's still in his closet!
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 02, 2014, 19:27
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BfewUvMIMAANsCO.jpg)

No helmet :o :angry
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on February 03, 2014, 07:39
No helmet :o :angry
If he's only going up the climb, and is picked up by a car at the top, I don't see the harm.

If he descends on the bike without a helmet, it's reckless. But with his history of head injury, I don't think he'd be stupid enough to do it.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on February 04, 2014, 20:32
From the Team Rwanda Facebook account:

Today we found out Joseph Biziyaremye, winner of a stage in the 2011 Tour of Rwanda, winner of a stage at last year's Tour of Congo is a NEW papa! His child's name…..Contador Alberto Biziyaremeye. Got to LOVE the boys of Team Rwanda!

:D :cool
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 04, 2014, 20:41
Lol crazy stuff fus :lol
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: KeithJamesMc on February 04, 2014, 22:21
Classic Paris-Nice action from 2004, featuring:

- a very young Alberto Contador doing well in the ITT, but having his name butchered by the Aussie commentator;
- some very naughty cyclists who would later be found out;
- some classic Vinikourov attacks (see above), including demolishing Floyd in a sprint finish;
- by this time, a very clean, Bobby Julich riding very well - along with his big amigo Voigt;
- Nico Portal showing why his future lay in Team Sky DSing not riding; and
- classy descending from Sami Sanchez.

http://youtu.be/7rPAIuFaSHQ


Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 08, 2014, 10:07
That is very cool Keith, I hadn't seen that before.

Alberto very good indeed, finished 5th s.t. with 4th place, David Millar :o who is a 6 years older. He also finished 26th overall which is good too I believe :)

And it's from before the incident which always makes me a little sad :( He was already so good, can you imagine what could have been if he'd been able to continue his rise to the top without that hiccup :o
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 09, 2014, 21:03
http://www.ina.fr/video/3966557001002

Old but cool :)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: KeithJamesMc on February 20, 2014, 19:12
Specialized getting their riders prepped for the season:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtube_gdata_player&v=DSSZWiJYdEk&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DDSSZWiJYdEk%26feature%3Dyoutube_gdata_player

featuring: Cav, Boonen, Nibz and Contador
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 22, 2014, 15:54
(http://cdn.media.cyclingnews.com//2014/02/22/1/contador_algarve_7096_670.jpg)

Bang bang :D :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on February 22, 2014, 18:27
(http://cdn.media.cyclingnews.com//2014/02/22/1/contador_algarve_7096_670.jpg)

Bang bang :D :D

Wow, funny thing is I almost posted that this would happen after I voted Tinkoff for the last team to win. Now that is two teams in a row I said will be last team to win that won in the next 24 hours after my prediction. With all this jinx power at my hands I must make sure I use my powers for good. - Joaquim Rodriguez will be the last person to win the Giro :cool
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Drummer Boy on February 22, 2014, 18:43
Bang bang :D :D
I'm always amused by how much AC's pistol salute makes some people's heads explode in anger.

That's some serious ammunition!  :o

Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: mew on February 22, 2014, 18:48
I'm always amused by how much AC's pistol salute makes some people's heads explode in anger.

That's some serious ammunition!  :o

I think that's why he does it :D
Glad to  see him roll today

we need Florrie to be happy this season  :cool
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Drummer Boy on February 22, 2014, 18:51
Can we pleeeeeease see Contador drop Froome on the steep part of climb at least once this season?

Dancing On the Pedals > Sit & Spin
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on February 22, 2014, 23:46
I'm always amused by how much AC's pistol salute makes some people's heads explode in anger.

That's some serious ammunition!  :o

Having A) been robbed at gunpoint
and B) had a cousin shot dead
I fail to see the joke.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Drummer Boy on February 23, 2014, 02:30
And I fail to see why I bother posting in forums anymore
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 23, 2014, 19:31
Having A) been robbed at gunpoint
and B) had a cousin shot dead
I fail to see the joke.

Man that sucks :( :hug but I'm sure DB didn't mean to offend :niceday

And I fail to see why I bother posting in forums anymore

 :flustered :hug
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 23, 2014, 19:32
But I came to post this

http://www.rtp.pt/noticias/index.php?article=718931&tm=3&layout=122&visual=61

nice video some footage from the stage and podium ceremony

kiss :luv from and flowers for the wife :niceday
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on February 23, 2014, 23:58
Man that sucks but I'm sure DB didn't mean to offend
And it is by no means DB that offends me, and apologies if he thought I was having a go at him.

I jut can't understand why Contador thinks it funny/entertaining/charismatic to mimic killing people.

Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 24, 2014, 06:45
And it is by no means DB that offends me, and apologies if he thought I was having a go at him.

I jut can't understand why Contador thinks it funny/entertaining/charismatic to mimic killing people.

As far as I know that is not the idea behind it. I can understand that is how it comes across but it's something to with his wife though the true meaning is a bit mysterious to me even. It certainly doesn't mean "yes I've killed my rivals" or something like that.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on February 24, 2014, 07:18
As far as I know that is not the idea behind it. I can understand that is how it comes across but it's something to with his wife though the true meaning is a bit mysterious to me even. It certainly doesn't mean "yes I've killed my rivals" or something like that.

Gerrans is now nicknamed the Sniper - as he always hits his targets

Could be something alone those lines?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 24, 2014, 11:48
Gerrans is now nicknamed the Sniper - as he always hits his targets

Could be something alone those lines?

It is something to do with his wife, I am quite sure, a friend of his said that once.

By the way I found this :D

http://uk.askmen.com/celebs/men/sports/alberto-contador/

Quote
MAGNETISM
73
He's not exactly Gael Garcia Bernal, but Alberto Contador's combination of athletic prowess, competitive nature and brash attitude wins him major points for women who go for Type-A men, especially if they like dudes who look decent in skin-tight cycling gear (sorry, Jake Gyllenhaal, we're not talking to you). His passionate Spanish temperament that provoked a feud between himself and American cycling legend Lance Armstrong serves to increase his appeal to ladies who like fiery men, but probably turns off Lance lovers and gals who like to see teammates get on well with one another. Alberto Contador has earned the nickname "El Pistolero" for his ritual of celebrating cycling conquests by simulating the firing of a pistol, and we wonder if that gesture might also signify his desire to show his female groupies that he's a big gun who doesn't fire blanks.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on February 24, 2014, 11:51
It is something to do with his wife, I am quite sure, a friend of his said that once.

By the way I found this :D

http://uk.askmen.com/celebs/men/sports/alberto-contador/

Big gun who does not fire blanks  :fp
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 24, 2014, 11:55
He said this after Algarve:

"If you believe I ever left, then yes, I'm back" :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 24, 2014, 12:22
Big gun who does not fire blanks  :fp

But I don't understand, why do they say he's not as attractive as this guy? :S

(http://bestof.provocateuse.com/images/photos/gael_garcia_bernal_99.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 26, 2014, 19:05
Bertie attacking Kwiat in the big ring!!!

(http://i.imgur.com/oksOKzf.jpg)

Posted on CN by 6apxat
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on March 06, 2014, 22:09
Bertie attacking Kwiat in the big ring!!!

Bad news I guess considering that Alberto has a...
Big gun who does not fire blanks  :fp

well basically, pause.

On another note, I think even if was to signify that he kills the opposition I can't see what is wrong with that, I mean he doesn't kill them literally it is figuratively speaking. As in "Killin' y'all nig**s on that lyrical s**t // Mayonnaise colored Benz, I push Miracle Whips" Thank you Kanye for illustrating figuratively speaking, not sure anybody needed it explained, just wanted to quote that, might need to explain to some that whips is slang for cars though. I mean if I could ride a bike so fast that no one could keep up would i be wrong to say I killed my competitors. I have to say I really like the celebration, it is memorable and shows a certain coolness to winning that is just stunning.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on March 07, 2014, 12:39
Bad news I guess considering that Alberto has a...
well basically, pause.

On another note, I think even if was to signify that he kills the opposition I can't see what is wrong with that, I mean he doesn't kill them literally it is figuratively speaking. As in "Killin' y'all nig**s on that lyrical s**t // Mayonnaise colored Benz, I push Miracle Whips" Thank you Kanye for illustrating figuratively speaking, not sure anybody needed it explained, just wanted to quote that, might need to explain to some that whips is slang for cars though. I mean if I could ride a bike so fast that no one could keep up would i be wrong to say I killed my competitors. I have to say I really like the celebration, it is memorable and shows a certain coolness to winning that is just stunning.


Can I nominate this for post of the year? The Kenye West quote really adds some spice to the discussion ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 07, 2014, 13:17
I already posted it in the shoutbox yesterday but I guess I'll post it here too.

I read on twitter that Fran said on Spanish radio that Alberto will retire in 1 or 2 years. Pretty sad.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 08, 2014, 20:47
(http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee414/Fleurtje15/Screenshot_2014-03-08-21-17-18-1_zps1974a01b.png)

:froomepup
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 14, 2014, 15:21
Frustrating :angry

+34" to Kwiatkowski now.... good luck making that up with a ITT still to go. Freaking TTTs and freaking #tinkoff team.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 16, 2014, 15:11
Holy sh...

:pray :pray

:rave :daotec :fanfare :rave
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 16, 2014, 16:09
Frustrating :angry

+34" to Kwiatkowski now.... good luck making that up with a ITT still to go. Freaking TTTs and freaking #tinkoff team.

Quoting my own post :D LOL :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on March 16, 2014, 17:58
That was a performance like Verbier or Etna. The Vuelta '12 stage was great but a tactical victory more than through pure strength, this was just Contador doing all the work and distancing a not even that bad cooperating group of Quintana, Nieve, Peraud, Pozzovivo... Two pulls from Hansen, nothing else.

Amazing performance, I look forward to seeing him on climbs against a top form Nibali, Froome, Quintana, Rodriguez throughout this season.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: 42x16ss on March 17, 2014, 02:59
That will be at Catalunya - and there are no TT's :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: cj2002 on March 17, 2014, 09:13
https://twitter.com/raykerckhoffs/status/445454617183535104

Discuss..?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 17, 2014, 11:53
https://twitter.com/raykerckhoffs/status/445454617183535104

Discuss..?

Nice

Riis and De Jongh monitoring Berto :flo
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 17, 2014, 11:56
I thought it was so cute when he couldn't believe he'd pulled it off :)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: L'arri on March 17, 2014, 11:58
(http://www.republic.org.nz/files/images/ribbon_cut.jpg)

I now declare this thread (re)open(ed)  :lol :P :cool
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: benotti69 on March 17, 2014, 11:59
Is Steven De Jongh (formerly of Sky) now a personal trainer to Contador?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Dim on March 17, 2014, 12:08
Is Steven De Jongh (formerly of Sky) now a personal trainer to Contador?

Yup. when he's not cuddling up to tommekke

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Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 17, 2014, 12:09
Is Steven De Jongh (formerly of Sky) now a personal trainer to Contador?

That's what it says, yes. New trainer and personal coach. He now trains more like Sky do.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 17, 2014, 19:42
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bi8raA6CIAAxZ-8.jpg)

He's looking damn sharp :o I guess Riis wasn't kidding.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: KeithJamesMc on March 17, 2014, 22:41
There is something weird going on here:

1. Contador is tinkov's best asset

2. He is being coached by someone who was never a coach at sky, but an advisor on team tactics

3. Tinkov's best DS is Riis who seems to bs coaching Kreuziger. In fact when Eurosport did that recent Tinkov love in and Kreuziger was called in for his review, he seemed really worried that Riis would drop him.

I can only deduce, either:

A) contador / Riis relationship is not that strong; or

B) Riis doesn't want to coach Contador; or most likely

C) Riis works best with riders who need mental help. Contador seems very strong mentally and probably doesn't need Riis help


Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 18, 2014, 06:29
Might be a darkside topic, not trying to derail the thread.

Just out of interest, when do Bertie's WT points start to count again?

August 2014.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 18, 2014, 06:38
There is something weird going on here:

1. Contador is tinkov's best asset

2. He is being coached by someone who was never a coach at sky, but an advisor on team tactics

3. Tinkov's best DS is Riis who seems to bs coaching Kreuziger. In fact when Eurosport did that recent Tinkov love in and Kreuziger was called in for his review, he seemed really worried that Riis would drop him.

I can only deduce, either:

A) contador / Riis relationship is not that strong; or

B) Riis doesn't want to coach Contador; or most likely

C) Riis works best with riders who need mental help. Contador seems very strong mentally and probably doesn't need Riis help

Uhmmm there are about 5 DSes and 29 riders. Every DS follows multiple riders. I wouldn't be surprised Contador was one of Riis' riders too. In that case De Jongh is just what they said: a personal trainer.

I can imagine Riis has all the top riders under his guard. He seems especially fond of Alberto.

We don't know all the details so I don't think we can draw any conclusions as to what's the case. It seems to me that Riis would be Contador's DS, and otherwise Mauduit. I get the feeling De Jongh is appointed as "personal coach" because of his link with Sky. I would think he also coaches Kreuziger.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Vamos Colombia! (-: on March 18, 2014, 09:47
August 2014.
i thought movistar and saxo took it to cas so they could earn points again sooner
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 18, 2014, 10:27
i thought movistar and saxo took it to cas so they could earn points again sooner

You're right. Riis took it to CAS and won this off season. My bad. So his points count already.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on March 18, 2014, 10:57
I wonder where Micks info is as well.

Between Rogers and De Jongh it might be enough to get a training program together,  plus Unkle Riis .

certainly seems on
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 18, 2014, 11:24
I wonder where Micks info is as well.

Between Rogers and De Jongh it might be enough to get a training program together,  plus Unkle Riis .

certainly seems on

Mick seems very supportive still. Definitely still feels part of the team. He was tweeting during stage 4 and supporting Contador and Kreuziger.

I realize that hasn't got anything to do with what you posted but I just wanted to get it out there :lol
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: KeithJamesMc on March 18, 2014, 16:59
So, RaceRadio is hinting that Bruyneel has spilled the beans on Contador's drug taking to an European newspaper.

It could be an interesting few days...
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on March 18, 2014, 17:03
So, RaceRadio is hinting that Bruyneel has spilled the beans on Contador's drug taking to an European newspaper.

It could be an interesting few days...

Contador has already been sanctioned though, so nothing to come after but his wins. He can't serve another ban for the same offense I think.

Also this is the non-Darkside version of this thread.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 18, 2014, 17:29
So, RaceRadio is hinting that Bruyneel has spilled the beans on Contador's drug taking to an European newspaper.

It could be an interesting few days...

:o :(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: KeithJamesMc on March 18, 2014, 17:36
Nice build up plan, plenty of time for training...

https://twitter.com/eurohoody/status/445975773166731264
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Jamsque on March 18, 2014, 18:45
It's a solid build-up, reminiscent of Wiggins in 2012 in fact. Only differences are TA for PN and Pais Vasco for Romandie, and those are much of a muchness.

Selfishly I would prefer Alberto to ride in the Ardennes, especially Fleche.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 18, 2014, 18:58
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BjBqZ-4CEAABLPW.jpg:large)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 18, 2014, 19:01
It's a solid build-up, reminiscent of Wiggins in 2012 in fact. Only differences are TA for PN and Pais Vasco for Romandie, and those are much of a muchness.

Selfishly I would prefer Alberto to ride in the Ardennes, especially Fleche.

It also reminds me of another rider, hmm, hmm, let me think :?

Ah right :D
http://www.cqranking.com/men/asp/gen/rider_palm.asp?riderid=387&year=2009&all=0&current=0

;) :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 23, 2014, 08:09
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BjQwhdJCYAAikIS.jpg)

Cool pic
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on March 23, 2014, 08:13
Photoshop out the legs and the background, leaving only the black-white outline, and that could be a piece of art.
I imagine the title "Atlas with Poseidon's trifork".
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 26, 2014, 20:09
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q54AvKT2yqc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Aww aww what a cutie <3 :luv

Ok don't mind me :D :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on April 12, 2014, 16:59
Berti power hallelujah

:pray
:flo
:win
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on April 12, 2014, 20:30
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BlCv2fWCYAAsFEj.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on April 12, 2014, 21:47

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BjQwhdJCYAAikIS.jpg)

Photoshop out the legs and the background, leaving only the black-white outline, and that could be a piece of art.
I imagine the title "Atlas with Poseidon's trifork".

Not so sure I'd agree for me it reminds me too much of this for some reason.
(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02362/littlemermaid_2362906b.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on April 13, 2014, 13:18
Grrr grrr grrr

Riis told Rolf Sorensen that Contador did an Andy aka dropped his chain yesterday

Probably cost him the stage win
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: KeithJamesMc on April 14, 2014, 10:33
Contador in Belgium/France today looking at the cobbled TdF stage, then seven weeks training...

http://www.lequipe.fr/Cyclisme-sur-route/Actualites/Contador-sur-les-paves/457186
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on April 16, 2014, 19:31
Some podium pics

(http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee414/Fleurtje15/IMG_6628_zps4e15a726.jpg)

(http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee414/Fleurtje15/IMG_7910_edited-1_zps40188f7a.jpg)

(http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee414/Fleurtje15/1396970870431_zps96c6c67b.jpg)

(http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee414/Fleurtje15/contador--644x362_zps7d54bdbf.jpg)

I love how happy he looks <3
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on April 16, 2014, 19:50
I love how happy he looks <3

You call that happy, I call this happy -
(http://www.businessinsider.com/image/4f9feebf6bb3f7b50c00000c/chris-bosh-videoboming-lebron-james.gif)
(http://4.styleengine.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/7/files/2012/06/bosh.jpeg)
(http://static03.mediaite.com/sportsgrid/uploads/2012/02/chris-bosh.jpg)
(http://static2.businessinsider.com/image/4fe4b6a2eab8eaba4800000f/bosh-face-9-photos-that-show-you-why-chris-bosh-is-the-most-aesthetically-interesting-player-in-the-nba.jpg)

I mean AC might be happy but he sure ain't Chris Bosh happy.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on April 16, 2014, 20:28
Well Berto is genuinely happy while that guy is just making weird faces.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on April 16, 2014, 20:48
Well Berto is genuinely happy while that guy is just making weird faces.

Picture two is him making a face, the others are just him being happy. Plus renowned lyricists even agree -

"You look happy - Chris Bosh, kick rocks in traffic // F'ing rappers snapbacks and jean jackets, that your uniform but who the team captain?" The Kid Daytona

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4Hebt-EqJU
At 1:18
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: KeithJamesMc on April 17, 2014, 14:33
Tinkov is writing again ;)

http://www.cyclingnews.com/blogs/oleg-tinkov/contador-is-back-as-the-best-rider-in-the-world

Perhaps the only person in the world who loves Bertie more than Florry :rofl:
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on April 17, 2014, 16:43
Tinkov is writing again ;)

http://www.cyclingnews.com/blogs/oleg-tinkov/contador-is-back-as-the-best-rider-in-the-world

Perhaps the only person in the world who loves Bertie more than Florry :rofl:

Behave Keith :angry
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Drummer Boy on April 17, 2014, 17:39
Tinkov is trolling again ;)
Fixed that.  :P

Quote
It seems to me that Team Sky has some issues.  :D


Quote
I am not really involved in Alberto's training and I only learned from reading Cyclingnews that Steven de Jongh is helping him this year.   :S

Uh, OK.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on April 21, 2014, 11:46
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BlvETlhIQAA11Mn.jpg)

@albertocontador: Showering one of my girls.I still remember my mother scolding when I was doing it at home at age 16. ;-)

:)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: KeithJamesMc on April 21, 2014, 13:14
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BlvETlhIQAA11Mn.jpg)

@albertocontador: Showering one of my girls.I still remember my mother scolding when I was doing it at home at age 16. ;-)

:)
Kimmage kills Bertie's good vibes

https://twitter.com/PaulKimmage/statuses/458211911050752001
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on April 21, 2014, 13:26
What a dick
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on April 21, 2014, 13:43
What a dick

Yea, what I'm more upset with than his lack of respect is his lack of comical timing. "Time to see if he can win riding clean" would have been 100 times better.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: KeithJamesMc on April 25, 2014, 16:15
Sneaky stuff from Bertie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30bsHmVUdVg

No loser and whinger is going to share my stage :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on May 03, 2014, 08:43
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmYDeV6IcAAhPpd.jpg)

Very cool jersey made especially for Berto. I hope they start selling it in the future
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on May 03, 2014, 19:15
I'm sure it has been mentioned before, but how cool is the coloring on AC's TT Helmets?
(http://velonews.competitor.com/files/2010/07/trick_tdftt_stuff44.JPG)(http://www.albertocontadornotebook.info/i/efeVaA2014st3.jpg)

Have to love the Yellow, Pink and Red that he is the only one who could wear that right now. Nibali appears to be the closest to being able to do the same.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on May 04, 2014, 01:56
I always thought that the riders should get some kind of recognition for past GT wins.

If you are a past national champ you get bands on your sleeve ... but a past winner of the Tour or the Giro doesnt get anything. 


Stripes on the helmet are great !!!!!
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on May 04, 2014, 07:17
I always thought that the riders should get some kind of recognition for past GT wins.

Problem is where do you stop, do you get something for monuments as well? I think it works well how it is now where teams are free to pick how they want to mark it on their helmet.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on May 04, 2014, 12:40
I really wonder, if Alberto dominates the Tour this year will he try for the triple like he did in 2011?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on May 13, 2014, 18:55
I really wonder, if Alberto dominates the Tour this year will he try for the triple like he did in 2011?

I think the goal was Giro Tour in 2011 - mainly Giro, because he wasn't sure if he would be able to ride the Tour.

I think Alberto has already realized the triple is impossible.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on May 13, 2014, 18:56
10 years ago today

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bnh5EwsIEAAIzcr.jpg)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz9HZk5-3-Y&feature=youtube_gdata_player

<3 <3
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on May 15, 2014, 19:15
Bertie looking a bit too skinny??

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BnsQc4cIUAIhyS_.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on May 15, 2014, 21:03
Bertie looking a bit too skinny??

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BnsQc4cIUAIhyS_.jpg)

No, looking like a winner you mean.

On another note I never realized until now how strange the relationship between AC's legs and body is. He has extremely long legs for a person of his height it seems. Maybe that is why he can deliver so much power to the pedals, his long legs work as levers, making him much stronger than riders his height with shorter legs.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on May 15, 2014, 21:11
Karsten Kroon mentioned something about Contador's long legs in a blog a few years ago.

By the way I think his legs look longer than they actually are because of how skinny they are.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Jamsque on May 15, 2014, 21:20
I don't think he looks terribly skinny, just a factor of lighting angle and pose
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on May 16, 2014, 20:06
By the way I think his legs look longer than they actually are because of how skinny they are.

I would hope so, his legs look as long as my legs, yet Contador is 15cm shorter than me, that is just crazy.  :S
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Eric on May 18, 2014, 03:17
You know what they say about men who have long legs
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on May 18, 2014, 06:51
You know what they say about men who have long legs

Men with long legs are healthier?

That is what I read here at least:

http://www.examiner.com/article/top-5-things-women-find-most-physically-attractive-men
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Eric on May 18, 2014, 07:09
I don't know
I'm not in a state to know much at the moment
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on May 18, 2014, 17:43
You know what they say about men who have long legs

Yes, they wear long pants.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: KeithJamesMc on May 21, 2014, 08:19
So Basso wants to work with Riis again and ride for Bertie...

https://twitter.com/inrng/statuses/469013312613937152
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on May 21, 2014, 09:11
Finally some good transfer rumors :cool
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Zam on May 26, 2014, 12:53
http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=72024
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on May 26, 2014, 13:42
Nice :cool
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on May 26, 2014, 13:43
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BoQamqQIMAE_G0m.jpg)

Lolz
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Eric on May 26, 2014, 16:09
Is he trying to plank? :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on May 26, 2014, 16:33
Is he trying to plank? :P

No he is trying to sleep
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on May 26, 2014, 16:34
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BoQamqQIMAE_G0m.jpg)

Lolz

My god that bed is short, if they use those hotels in races no wonder Andy never beat Contador, his feet would not even by in the bed.  :o
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on May 26, 2014, 18:14
My god that bed is short, if they use those hotels in races no wonder Andy never beat Contador, his feet would not even by in the bed.  :o

Marginal gains being short or bringing your own bed ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on May 26, 2014, 21:58
Marginal gains being short or bringing your own bed ;)

Also most bedrooms are not on the ground floor, how did AC make it up the stairs with cycling shoes on? Seems a bit of a too large risk to take as an athlete.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: KeithJamesMc on May 29, 2014, 10:14
Ha!

Froome or Contador?

http://www.bicycling.com/video/marianne-vos-now-you-know#/video/all/created/d/1

Hmmm, that is difficult - Contador ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 01, 2014, 17:18
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BpDp0R7IYAA-IIA.jpg:large)

So Bertie needs 37 points at the Dauphiné. No big deal ;) ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 01, 2014, 17:19
Yikes this might be the skinniest I've seen him in a good long while.... vamos

(https://o.twimg.com/2/proxy.jpg?t=HBgtaHR0cDovL3N0YXRpYy5vdy5seS9waG90b3Mvb3JpZ2luYWwvNUtRdmwuanBnFMAHFKoNABYAEgA&s=vNM3h10i3h7mXh0YubWVikIq5r83gS1KKrZ85GYPFfI)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 03, 2014, 12:56
http://sub23.fundacioncontadorteam.com/album/course-de-la-paix/

(http://sub23.fundacioncontadorteam.com/wp-content/uploads/IMG_2916-825x550.jpg)

(http://sub23.fundacioncontadorteam.com/wp-content/uploads/IMG_2937-825x550.jpg)

(http://sub23.fundacioncontadorteam.com/wp-content/uploads/IMG_2992-825x550.jpg)

With ex-teammate Álvaro Cuadros
(http://sub23.fundacioncontadorteam.com/wp-content/uploads/IMG_2712-825x550.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 05, 2014, 12:42
Keith posted this in the shoutbox about Froome's book

KeithJamesMc: plus lots of stuff about sowing in contador's mind that he is king of spain and valverde wants his title - so trying to get saxo to work for him and against movistar

 :S :S :S :o :angry :S

WTF? that must have been very annoying
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: KeithJamesMc on June 05, 2014, 12:58
This was on the Dan Marin stage in tdf2013 when Froome lost all his helpers early on and Movistar were still there in supa-strength.

Froome needed help and turned to Saxo/Contador ;)

Personally, I don't think Contador fell for it and instead played a waiting game...
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 05, 2014, 17:19
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BpXvzbvIIAACNwt.jpg)

 :lol :lol
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Drummer Boy on June 05, 2014, 17:27
My god that bed is short, if they use those hotels in races no wonder Andy never beat Contador, his feet would not even by in the bed.

Nothing marginal about that scene.

de Jongh stretched Bertie's legs!  :o
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on June 05, 2014, 22:22
Nothing marginal about that scene.

de Jongh stretched Bertie's legs!  :o
Hopefully he wasn't drawn and quartered
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/28/Dieric_Bouts_013.jpg/800px-Dieric_Bouts_013.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 08, 2014, 22:26
http://www.marca.com/2014/06/08/ciclismo/1402251559.html

"What do you think about Froome's girlfriend's tweets?"

"They don't deserve any kind of comment."

 Oh damn :o
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 10, 2014, 16:03
After Dauphine Alberto will be off on a training camp in the Dolomites from the 17th till the 30th.

Definitely no national champs for him.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 10, 2014, 16:04
Ha!

Froome or Contador?

http://www.bicycling.com/video/marianne-vos-now-you-know#/video/all/created/d/1

Hmmm, that is difficult - Contador ;)

Just saw this - super cool ;)

There is a really cute video of Alberto and Vos chatting during the 2011 Tour. :)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 14, 2014, 10:55
https://twitter.com/dauphine/status/477749794270900224

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BqFO55cIQAAi5iT.jpg)

 :P :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: M Gee on June 14, 2014, 16:15
Yikes this might be the skinniest I've seen him in a good long while.... vamos

(https://o.twimg.com/2/proxy.jpg?t=HBgtaHR0cDovL3N0YXRpYy5vdy5seS9waG90b3Mvb3JpZ2luYWwvNUtRdmwuanBnFMAHFKoNABYAEgA&s=vNM3h10i3h7mXh0YubWVikIq5r83gS1KKrZ85GYPFfI)

Well, it looks like it suits him! YAY BERTIE!

I LOVED the kick in today's Dauphine! SO good to see!
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 14, 2014, 16:32
I missed all of the fun! Will have to check the video images later.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: M Gee on June 14, 2014, 16:47
Flo - DO watch it.

There was nothing, nothing, nothing - except a sinking feeling of foregone conclusions.

THEN . . .


BOOM!

(aw, gee, you'll never guess what happened!) 

It happened, and it stuck!

But you have to watch the whole last 30 minutes or so, because you have to see the last two climbs to truly appreciate the value of the final two kilometers.

SEVERAL guys left EVERYTHING on that mountain today. More than two looked like they were going to fall off their bikes once they hit the line. More than usual, imo. But two guys in particular definitely laid their cards on the table!
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on June 15, 2014, 02:32
yep.   it was something.

watch the whole thing - and enjoy      :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 15, 2014, 19:04
WT ranking

1. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) 397 pt
2. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) 345
3. Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE) 264
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 15, 2014, 19:26
He says "I don't care, I'm very happy"

Doesn't look like that :o

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BqMMWbkIEAAW0Sm.jpg:large)

Post Merge: June 15, 2014, 19:37
(http://37.media.tumblr.com/384c11cbebd67d72590f26bdce26b0f0/tumblr_n783jxbVjj1ropreyo1_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 16, 2014, 21:53
Stupid people putting watermarks on great pictures :angry

(http://cache1.asset-cache.net/gc/450610060-alberto-contador-of-team-tinkoff-saxo-during-gettyimages.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=GkZZ8bf5zL1ZiijUmxa7QY2LOkOJezmI4JeXR2MQybTuWnQm76h5RTvUgQ2fvpjUXrM6qd2oKIY0sUdyLouOyw%3d%3d)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on June 16, 2014, 22:27
Stupid people putting watermarks on great pictures :angry
Here you go, Bloemetje:
(http://i62.tinypic.com/29m96i1.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: KeithJamesMc on June 16, 2014, 22:29
Here you go, Bloemetje:
(http://i62.tinypic.com/29m96i1.jpg)

can you imagine, how happy he will be in a few weeks in paris at the top of the podium ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 17, 2014, 17:13
can you imagine, how happy he will be in a few weeks in paris at the top of the podium ;)

(http://parisweekly.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/contador-on-winners-podium.jpg)

can't be as happy as when he'd just received kisses from Cameron Diaz ;)

(http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Alberto+Contador+Tom+Cruise+Le+Tour+2010+Stage+izGS87AFl_xl.jpg)

(http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/pc/Alberto+Contador+Tom+Cruise+Cameron+Diaz+Promote+7FHYNX2sd8Hl.jpg)

Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 19, 2014, 11:05
cool

about Flex-Fundación AC junior team and their collaboration with Patrick Lefevre and OPQS

http://www.esciclismo.com/ampliada.asp?Id=30388&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

GT
The Flex-Fundación Alberto Contador is reinforced with two Belgian riders

The next weekend will be very intense for the Flex-juniors Alberto Contador Foundation team, which should be divided to compete in the first two stage races on the calendar. One is demanding Return to Besaya in Cantabria, where they had a great performance in 2013, with the team victory and second place overall Alvaro Cuadros, besides winning two stages, and the second will is the Return to the Shire Mula River in Murcia, where the team will be strengthened by the presence of two Belgian riders, from the Omega Pharma environment, with close collaboration is maintained.

Félix García Casas presented a powerful training in Cantabria, with Fernando Barceló, Fran Pérez, Juan Pazos, Pablo Diego Sevilla, José Félix Parra, Miguel Angel Ballesteros, José Antonio García and Guillem Cassú that over three days will contest the four stages in this demanding test splits.

Meanwhile, on Saturday and Sunday run in Murcia Miguel Ángel Alcaide, Javier Hernandez, Sergio Hernández, Antonio Barbero, Joan Bou and Angel Fuentes, who will have the backing of Belgian Molly Kenny, already raced with the Foundation in 2013 Vuelta a La Rioja and Premundial Beasain and Dries Vastmans.

Thus continues the collaboration and exchange of young talent between Alberto Contador Foundation and Omega Pharma , whose 'training talent' Fernando visited this year and Iosu Angoitia Barceló. Thanks also to the support and interest of Patrick Lefevere, manager of the Omega Pharma-Quick Step, Flex-Fundación Alberto Contador this year will be the only Spanish team to ride the Tour of Flanders in its class, which will be the most important test of the three the Flex team that played in Belgium this summer.

David de Pablos returns to competition

Specialized Team U23 complete the tight schedule of this weekend's Alberto Contador Foundation with two runs in the Basque Country. The first, built in Euskaldun Challenge will be held in Segura, while Sunday run in Sagasti.

There, the team will Rafa Diaz Justo again with David de Pablos, returning to competition fully recovered after femur fracture he suffered in the first race of the year, Don Benito. Along with De Pablos will take out David Casillas, Oscar Linares, Diego and Pablo Noriega, Iosu Angoitia and Peio Olaberria.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 22, 2014, 18:04
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bqv2D5NIEAAMPm0.jpg)

He looks freaking huge :o and yes DB-Coop his legs look especially long

Maybe Drummer is right and De Jongh stretched his legs :P

Because I am insane I have measured the height of both Jesus and Alberto and the length of their legs on this picture :fp and Jesus' leg length/height ratio is 5.5:10 and Bertie's is 6:10

Foot to hip

I am retarded :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on June 22, 2014, 18:11
I am insane

I am retarded :P
Quoted for the truth. :P




;) :hug
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on June 23, 2014, 17:06
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bqv2D5NIEAAMPm0.jpg)

He looks freaking huge :o and yes DB-Coop his legs look especially long

Maybe Drummer is right and De Jongh stretched his legs :P

Because I am insane I have measured the height of both Jesus and Alberto and the length of their legs on this picture :fp and Jesus' leg length/height ratio is 5.5:10 and Bertie's is 6:10

Foot to hip

I am retarded :P

Too bad Alberto already has plenty of nicknames, "Daddy Long Legs" would be pretty good imo too. ;)

AC has so long legs it looks photo shopped  :lol  and you know what they say about men with long legs - They develop more torque when pedaling.  ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 23, 2014, 17:16
Can't have infinite nicknames ;)

And yes I think there is a relation between leg length and cycling performance... I might have to do a very scientific study into this subject. :?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: M Gee on June 24, 2014, 04:40
He says "I don't care, I'm very happy"

Doesn't look like that :o



Hooo, girl, you pickin' up some vibes here? Whell I say - I think you are lookin' right! Yeah, M. AC looks downright UNhappy.

Good for him. I think that will invigorate him at the Tour. He is looking good, and I'm glad to see it.

DEFO looking forward to a GREAT Tour!
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: M Gee on June 24, 2014, 04:46
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bqv2D5NIEAAMPm0.jpg)

He looks freaking huge :o and yes DB-Coop his legs look especially long

Maybe Drummer is right and De Jongh stretched his legs :P

Because I am insane I have measured the height of both Jesus and Alberto and the length of their legs on this picture :fp and Jesus' leg length/height ratio is 5.5:10 and Bertie's is 6:10

Foot to hip

I am retarded :P

Obsessed - yes. Retarded? No way.

Good on you for delving into detail.

Think about this one small idea - a man with a small upper body and large lower body weight ratio should be a good cyclist. Natural advantage.

Like jockeys benefit from just being flat-out small. And boxers don't need lower body strength.

So, a cyclist with longer lower limbs - is likely to have more strength or more W/kg in cycling than others. Specific body-typing.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: KeithJamesMc on June 24, 2014, 14:29
(http://i57.tinypic.com/23t1qq0.jpg)

Ha....
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: KeithJamesMc on June 25, 2014, 11:33
Great month for Timkoff

http://www.tinkoffsaxo.com/media/best-tinkoff-saxo-photos-june/

Team going to be supa-strong for the tDf
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 25, 2014, 13:23
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bq-FWnlCcAEp_Ug.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 01, 2014, 11:27
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BrcxhaVIUAAaNAp.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 03, 2014, 20:06
:flo

Interview with Alberto on ES.

He is 2kg lighter compared to last year's TDF.

Is not nervous for the cobbles.

Praises Lemond for being the first American ever to win the Tour and having such a great palmarès. Lemond replies: but you have done even better yourself :) :)

And of course Alberto looked fit and was all lovely and adorable :flo
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 06, 2014, 12:01
(http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee414/Fleurtje15/1404597901496_zpsce92ecab.jpg)

:)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 07, 2014, 21:11
(http://i62.tinypic.com/dwxp3p.png)

:S :o
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: M Gee on July 07, 2014, 21:22
(http://i62.tinypic.com/dwxp3p.png)

:S :o

So, Flo, you gonna blow that pic up, frame it, and put it up in the new apt? Nice apt, btw. You should get it blown up big - like a meter tall!  ;)

Did you see the CN article about Riis's response to stage 2? I thoiught it was interesting. We will see much better where strength is, in stage 5, I think.

You know - with that new skinsuit material, I wonder if they've ever checked that sharkskin like swimsuit material (that got banned from swim competition) for aerodynamic properties. After all, I think the same fluid dynamics still operate - its just that air is thinner.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Drummer Boy on July 14, 2014, 19:06
I don't mean to rain on this thread but... :Sweating:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BshaVLlIcAAESY2.jpg:large)

https://twitter.com/Velocentric/status/488739897747177472
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 14, 2014, 19:11
I don't mean to rain on this thread but... :Sweating:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BshaVLlIcAAESY2.jpg:large)

https://twitter.com/Velocentric/status/488739897747177472

That isn't the bike he crashed on the 2nd time though - he was riding Nico's bike at that point - apparently this bike broke because it fell off the car
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 14, 2014, 19:15
I posted this in the injury and illness report thread as a reply to the same picture:

You can see the bone in there.

That is probably why the doctor bandaged it on the road side, deep, open wound, can't leave it like that.

More info coming out, it appears Bertie either crashed or had a mechanical (edit: De Jongh says he crashed), took Roche's bike and descended like a man possessed to catch up with the peloton. That is why we saw Roche with a bike at the side of the road. He got back to the peloton but obviously wanted a good position so went on to take risks, and then hit a pot hole according to Valverde. Fuglsang said he went 10-15kph faster than him. He went down really hard.

Fractured tibia plateau, probably end of season for him and doubtful if he can prepare well for next season. 6-12 weeks rest after surgery.

I can't believe he actually rode 20km with a broken leg, flipping hell, what a champ. Same for Mathias Frank, these guys are hard as nails. :o But really, it was clear from the moment he got on his bike that he'd abandon. That doesn't mean this moment made me cry my eyes out any less:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bsgsbi3CMAAqFLF.png:large)

And if you can handle it:
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BshOilCCYAA3Avm.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: search on July 14, 2014, 19:19
as the broken bike pic db posted...


(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BshaVLlIcAAESY2.jpg:large)

...has his number, I guess this must have happened when he crashed the first time then?!
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 14, 2014, 19:20
Sadness in Saxo camp

https://twitter.com/MichaelValgren/status/488676294218231808

https://twitter.com/rorysutherland1/status/488683422681165824

https://twitter.com/dailystews/status/488683984583671808

https://twitter.com/rorysutherland1/status/488684535673290752

https://twitter.com/Roman86_K/status/488685781834563585

https://twitter.com/Michaela_Kreuz/status/488689977619148800

https://twitter.com/brunopires81/status/488692940689408000

https://twitter.com/jesushernandez3/status/488693474846593

https://twitter.com/mickrogers/status/488743675191894017
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 14, 2014, 19:52
http://www.ridemedia.com.au/tour-de-france/mick-rogers-alberto-no-apologies-youve-done-us-proud/ (http://www.ridemedia.com.au/tour-de-france/mick-rogers-alberto-no-apologies-youve-done-us-proud/)

Great interview with Mick

Quote
RIDE spoke to Rogers a few hours after he finished 105th in the stage to La Planche des Belles Filles and the veteran talked us through what he admits was a very emotional moment for him and his team.

“It certainly wasn’t supposed to end this way,” said Rogers about the incident that forced the rider who had been ranked ninth on GC out of the race. “We had so much planned for the stage today but unfortunately a split second can change everything.”

Rogers was following his leader on the rapid descent and he admits to witnessing the crash. “I was about five or six positions back and he just fell,” he explained. “I think he might have hit a small pothole or a rock. The road was wet and he just slipped and went straight down onto the ground.

“We stopped straight away and could see he was in agony. He was struggling to have an understanding of where he was.

“I don’t know if he hit his head but he seemed a bit far from… well, not it’s not that he was unconscious – he knew where he was – but he still wasn’t 100 per cent as it is when you hit the ground at 80 kilometres an hour.”

Contador has been known to take daring risks on descents so, in Rogers’ appraisal, was he doing anything extraordinary at the time of the accident? “No. It was just a straight section of road and that’s why it’s just so peculiar. He just hit something and lost his handlebars and, before we knew it, he was on the ground the poor guy.

“We were going fast but it was straight.”

It took around five minutes for the medicos to patch up Contador enough for him to get riding again. And in that time there was an obvious truce in the peloton that contained the rider in the yellow jersey and other favourites for the title, but the race was still being contested up front with Michal Kwiatowski becoming the virtual leader.

There was hesitation and confusion. Rogers explained how he and his team managed things before it was confirmed that Contador could not continue: “We took a decision that we’d leave a few guys with him – the majority of the team – and then prepare for later on. Rafa [Majka] and myself, we started to ride and at least put someone in between Alberto and the group so that the guys could get Alberto to us and then we could hopefully bridge back to the group.

“There was no point in us all staying there and waiting.
“But by the time he got to us, I could really see that he didn’t have his trademark dancing pedalling style.

“He was in pain. And we now know that he’s broken his tibia… that’s why he was in agony the poor guy. He was just a hero to get up and pedal with a broken tibia.”

There was a key moment when Contador put his arm around Rogers and it was clear that a decision had been made and that he’d have to abandon. What words were exchanged in that time? “He was apologetic,” said Rogers. “He was like, ‘Sorry, I can’t keep going.’

“I said, ‘Alberto, you’ve done nothing but make us proud.’

“It’s tough stuff. It was a pretty touching moment for the whole team… I’m choking up now just thinking about it,” said Rogers, clearly holding back tears as he spoke.

:( :( :(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Drummer Boy on July 15, 2014, 03:07
I even forget what has posted where by now. Too many threads. Anyway, a good and thorough recap of events here:
http://cyclingtips.com.au/2014/07/tinkoff-saxo-tangle-with-belkin-bikes-identified-as-cause-of-snapped-contador-frame/ (http://cyclingtips.com.au/2014/07/tinkoff-saxo-tangle-with-belkin-bikes-identified-as-cause-of-snapped-contador-frame/)


And here is, apparently, the actual bike that Contador crashed on.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BsiSw6vIQAEydkS.jpg:large)

and his shoe
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BsiSw3_IQAI6JW9.jpg:large)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Zam on July 15, 2014, 07:45
That isn't the bike he crashed on the 2nd time though - he was riding Nico's bike at that point - apparently this bike broke because it fell off the car

Nico's bike is the mclaren one right?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 15, 2014, 07:57
Nico's bike is the mclaren one right?

Yeapp
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Zam on July 15, 2014, 08:07
Yeapp

Thank you. Should the polish guy continue on in the race and what will be oleg's men play now? stage win is the best bet as no one will finish in the top 5 maybe someone could do a low top 10.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 15, 2014, 08:13
New info from Nico

http://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/cycling/we-were-so-confident-in-alberto-we-didnt-have-a-plan-b-then-plan-a-went-out-the-window-30431225.html

Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 15, 2014, 15:34
http://elpais.com/elpais/2014/07/15/inenglish/1405419338_987772.html
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 15, 2014, 16:44
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BsiE6PrIIAIJ9Gt.jpg:large)

 :( :( :( :( :( :( :(  :-e :-e :Heart: :Heart: :Heart: :Heart: :Heart: :hug :hug
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 15, 2014, 17:08
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BsmCUx2IUAIwFhq.jpg)

 :angry :angry :angry :S :S :S :S :-x :o
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: L'arri on July 15, 2014, 17:18
Contador gives himself 40 days to recover for the Vuelta a España (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contador-gives-himself-40-days-to-recover-for-the-vuelta-a-espana)

If he pulls that off, the Vuelta is going to be the hottest GT this year! Showdown 2.0 :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 15, 2014, 17:24
Contador gives himself 40 days to recover for the Vuelta a España (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contador-gives-himself-40-days-to-recover-for-the-vuelta-a-espana)

If he pulls that off, the Vuelta is going to be the hottest GT this year! Showdown 2.0 :P

He shouldn't try to race la Vuelta. Tough luck, but it's impossible with this injury. Switch focus to next season and try to prepare well for that.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: cj2002 on July 15, 2014, 17:43
Unless the injury isn't as bad as first thought? Because - assuming Oleg would already have forked out for the surgery - he's gonna need at least 6 weeks for the bone to set. Which means he then has -2 days to get fit...

I'm seeing a mathematical issue...
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 15, 2014, 19:27
Latest news, tibial plateau fracture, no surgery necessary, (think he'll have to wear a brace like the one he wore right after the crash) it'll be difficult to be ready for la Vuelta but not impossible.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: L'arri on July 15, 2014, 19:49
Latest news, tibial plateau fracture, no surgery necessary, (think he'll have to wear a brace like the one he wore right after the crash) it'll be difficult to be ready for la Vuelta but not impossible.

Showdown 2.0  :cool
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 15, 2014, 21:09
Quote
Today, Alberto Contador said goodbye to his teammates during breakfast and went to the Clinica Centro Hospital in Madrid with high hopes of a quick recovery – fast enough to participate in the Vuelta a España, although everyone in the Tinkoff-Saxo team are aware of how hard it will be to become fully competitive in just 40 days.

After thorough examination, the medical staff at the hospital with speciality in this kind of injury came up with this conclusion:

“The doctor told me that surgery would increase the trauma the knee has suffered and will delay the recovery time even further so I’m not undergoing surgery. The good news is that I have no tendon or ligament injured and the fissure is in the best possible place. I’m homebound for minimum two weeks and, until the wounds heal, the leg has to be immobilized”, said Alberto Contador after leaving the hospital in Madrid and added:

“Doctors have told me it will be almost impossible to become ready for the Vuelta but we’ll see how the recovery develops. I’m calm because the doctors gave me the worst case scenario but I will work hard in the coming weeks and we’ll see how far I can get”, said the leader of Tinkoff-Saxo.

http://www.tinkoffsaxo.com/news/contador-avoids-surgery/ (http://www.tinkoffsaxo.com/news/contador-avoids-surgery/)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: M Gee on July 16, 2014, 00:52
40 days. FORTY DAYS. That is 5 weeks and 5 days. Docs say 6 weeks for the most minor of fractures. At first, I was thinking, oh, yeah, the Vuelta is coming - he can do it. Then they announced it is only 40 days, and it hit me.

That is a short time to heal in. Very short.

Well, if thought, wishes, and prayers matter, Alberto Contador, my thoughts, wishes, and prayers are that you manage a recovery in 40 days.

H
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on July 16, 2014, 05:03
Berto for World Champs !!!!


:wc
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 16, 2014, 07:41
Lol

I thought about that too, but I think it's at least 10x more likely he wins Lombardia. And that is already a long shot ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 16, 2014, 12:03
I'm looking at the race calender, trying to see which races Alberto could race if he misses la Vuelta.

Tour of Britain is the only relatively big stage race on the calender between la Vuelta and Lombardia. So I'm guessing:

Tour of Britain
Milano Torino
Lombardia
Worlds

Unfortunately he won't win the WT ranking :( I was looking forward to Cookson giving the award to a "convicted doper" :-x
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on July 16, 2014, 12:29
I'm looking at the race calender, trying to see which races Alberto could race if he misses la Vuelta.

Tour of Britain is the only relatively big stage race on the calender between la Vuelta and Lombardia. So I'm guessing:

Tour of Britain
Milano Torino
Lombardia
Worlds

It might be hard to get up to great shape without the Vuelta though. Ideal would be to use the Vuelta to ride himself back into form, and then peak for Lombardia/Worlds. A win there would make his season a bit less of a failure after missing out on the Tour.

Quote
Unfortunately he won't win the WT ranking :( I was looking forward to Cookson giving the award to a "convicted doper" :-x

There's always Valverde to cheer for if that's what you want to see ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on July 16, 2014, 12:32
I'm looking at the race calender, trying to see which races Alberto could race if he misses la Vuelta.

Tour of Britain is the only relatively big stage race on the calender between la Vuelta and Lombardia. So I'm guessing:

Tour of Britain
Milano Torino
Lombardia
Worlds

Unfortunately he won't win the WT ranking :( I was looking forward to Cookson giving the award to a "convicted doper" :-x

If he misses I don't think he will race Britain, how about

(Canadian classics?)
Milano Torino
Lombardia
Worlds
Giro dell'Emilia
(Smog?)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 16, 2014, 12:42
It might be hard to get up to great shape without the Vuelta though. Ideal would be to use the Vuelta to ride himself back into form, and then peak for Lombardia/Worlds. A win there would make his season a bit less of a failure after missing out on the Tour.

There's always Valverde to cheer for if that's what you want to see ;)

But he most likely can't ride la Vuelta.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 16, 2014, 12:43
If he misses I don't think he will race Britain, how about

(Canadian classics?)
Milano Torino
Lombardia
Worlds
Giro dell'Emilia
(Smog?)

Surely he'd need a stage race to get in some kind of form.

And by the way, Tinkoff isn't invited to the Giro dell'Emilia

(and of course Worlds is before Milano-Torino and Lombardia)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on July 16, 2014, 12:48
Surely he'd need a stage race to get in some kind of form.

And by the way, Tinkoff isn't invited to the Giro dell'Emilia

Shame, would be a nice win for him

Don't have to race to get into shape, he could do a Quintana. It would be nice if he rode Canada.

(and of course Worlds is before Milano-Torino and Lombardia)

Confused me too, I just copy pasted it from your post  :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 17, 2014, 11:42
Alberto looks so sad in all his interviews.... heartbreaking

Sad Berto
http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/programa/contador-gustaria-disfrutar-vuelta/2662316/
 :-e
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 21, 2014, 13:13
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BtEQnn8CIAA6-LX.jpg)

 :)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: M Gee on August 14, 2014, 15:43
La Flo, omg, is that a selfie??? If it is, I'm jealous. Not of you getting a selfie w/ AC, but of AC getting in the pic with you!

Saw this in the news today: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contador-announces-he-will-ride-the-vuelta-a-espana (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contador-announces-he-will-ride-the-vuelta-a-espana)

Sure hope he doesn't overcook it. This could be good, but it also could go wrong.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: M Gee on August 15, 2014, 14:42
La Flo, omg, is that a selfie??? If it is, I'm jealous. Not of you getting a selfie w/ AC, but of AC getting in the pic with you!

Saw this in the news today: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contador-announces-he-will-ride-the-vuelta-a-espana (http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contador-announces-he-will-ride-the-vuelta-a-espana)

Sure hope he doesn't overcook it. This could be good, but it also could go wrong.

Ha. Dummy me! I'm told that is Marianne Vos doing the selfie w/ Alberto. Well, Flo, that just means you have to figure out how to get yourself a selfie w/ Alberto at roadside! Or have you already done that, and I'm just not aware of it?

I'm going back to my work now.

Cheers all, be seeing more of you when the Vuelta starts.

H
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 16, 2014, 16:30
No selfie yet Hiero :(

I am confident! Alberto will be strong at the Vuelta, but will he be strong enough in the first week to go for the overall too? Fingers crossed :) ;)

(http://i57.tinypic.com/15p4yf5.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LaVelocipede on August 17, 2014, 00:01
No selfie yet Hiero :(

I am confident! Alberto will be strong at the Vuelta, but will he be strong enough in the first week to go for the overall too? Fingers crossed :) ;)

(http://i57.tinypic.com/15p4yf5jpg)
I think he will, but will he be able to win? This'll play havoc with the prediction game, HAVOC,(!) I tells thee!
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 19, 2014, 21:47
https://twitter.com/26_DaniPedrosa/status/501806883725148161

 :D :D :D :D :D :D poor guy
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 20, 2014, 21:49
(http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee414/Fleurtje15/Final_zpsba02b12c.jpg)

 :cool :cool :cool :cool :cool
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 22, 2014, 14:54
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvpIoaQCAAAIruD.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvpWecaCUAAR3A5.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BvpWX9ACcAAvM-G.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 22, 2014, 14:56
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97VvVAsM5u0&list=UUuTaETsuCOkJ0H_GAztWt0Q

a very relaxed Alberto :cool
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 25, 2014, 22:18
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bv6U6U3IYAEJiPt.png)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: L'arri on September 09, 2014, 17:10
I would like to expand a little on my "Rest Day 2" thoughts re Nuevo Alberto in this Vuelta.

Always allowing for the few days of racing left, Contador has been necessarily cautious in this edition. He was never one to make premature claims on victory and has always let his legs do the talking but that latter element is sort of my point: his legs have done the talking selectively, shrewdly and punctually.

Indeed, whatever the backstory that brought us here, this Vuelta win will be canny rather than spectacular, a display of cool intelligence rather than impassioned bravura. And although we have witnessed less of a show, part of me really rather admires that.

So, my question to the world's finest Alberto experts - in other words, our beloved Flol - is 'Cautious Contador' here to stay as a realpolitik response to a broad tectonic shift in the GC entente, or just a temporary conjuration of circumstances including the injury and hastily reconfigured objectives?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on September 09, 2014, 21:19
is 'Cautious Contador' here to stay as a realpolitik response to a broad tectonic shift in the GC entente, or just a temporary conjuration of circumstances including the injury and hastily reconfigured objectives?

Dude..
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 09, 2014, 21:26
Alberto has not done any big attacks this year except for the Lanciano stage at Tirreno and that was a very big one.

I noticed that this year he's taken a different approach to attacking: Before 2012, he could pretty much drop everyone with one attack from a few km out. If not, see 2007, he'd attack over and over again.

He did the same in 2012 and 2013, he attacked over and over again, but it was not effective, and he often ended up dropped by others.
This year he seems to wait, wait, wait, conserve his energy, and then go for one, just one, big attack with 1k or less to go.
That way he can drop everyone, and keep the gap till the finish.
Stage 15 was a 2012 Vuelta déja vu.
Stage 16 was 2014 Alberto

It may not be very exciting but it's effective.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on September 09, 2014, 21:29
is 'Cautious Contador' here to stay as a realpolitik response to a broad tectonic shift in the GC entente, or just a temporary conjuration of circumstances including the injury and hastily reconfigured objectives?
You've clearly spent too much time around the *eu bureaucrats and their big words. :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Drummer Boy on September 09, 2014, 22:24
http://www.tinkoffsaxo.com/news/contador-avoids-surgery/ (http://www.tinkoffsaxo.com/news/contador-avoids-surgery/)
It is amazing to look back to only less than a month ago.

Quote
Doctors have told me it will be almost impossible to become ready for the Vuelta but we’ll see how the recovery develops.

Wow. What a competitor. Heart of a champion.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: just some guy on September 10, 2014, 06:57
(http://cdn.velonews.competitor.com/files/2014/09/18_20140907_%C2%A9BrakeThrough-Media_Vuelta2014_15-7829-660x440.jpg)

Vuelta rest day Q&A with Alberto Contador

Read more at http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/09/news/vuelta-rest-day-qa-alberto-contador_344835#FEC4g03KHoYmhRoq.99
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: search on September 10, 2014, 09:29
from today's AS

Quote
(gt)

Cesar Flores: "Alberto took the bike to the fifth day of their fall"

Cesar Flores, specialist in sports traumatology CEMTRO Clinic since 2003, was commissioned to travel to Lugano to heal the wound of Alberto Contador. He explains the evolution and alcane his injury.

  - Explain under what conditions Contador entered in CEMTRO Clinic.

  - Alberto falls in the Tour on July 14, is contacted with Dr. Leyes and me, and the next day come to our hospital. We provides a radiograph showing a fracture seen in tibial plateau. Will we make a scanner that confirms the injury, apart from initiating a cure contusion on his right knee.

  - What kind of fracture was suffering?

  - For the best he could suffer because it is an intra-articular lesion in the anterior part, which entails no trouble loading without crushing or displacement. An athlete would not have gotten his recovery. A cyclist not affected by pedaling.

  - So it was mounted on the bike soon.
 
  - As the condition did not require surgery, estimated a period of ten days to rest and did not touch the bike. But Alberto grabbed five, it is in their nature.

  - So, the prognosis was not so serious?

  - Although people think that no, it was. The fracture soldering in five or six weeks, and the wound was reopened and further compicó, have prevented reaching the Tour of others.

  - What was your doctor's recommendation?
 
  - What type of injuries presented, we thought it would be really difficult to get out of Jerez.

  - Now we see him as a leader and in top form, this means that well trained during rehabilitation.

  - Yes, it was well prepared. Not in the best of circumstances the Tour, because the wound was delayed and took antibiotics, but it's true that exercise was good.

  - You went to Lugano to sew the wound again.

Yes, the 24th Le practiced surgical cleaning, I removed dead flesh and pebbles that were pulled into the anterior suture. Before he announced his resignation visit the Vuelta, as the Italian doctor to recommend items removed and the wound was reopened. Luckily, shortened deadlines.

  - Was trained with the left leg?

  - On the 25th day, for an hour and a half.

  - You risk your health in this Tour?

  - No, welded fracture and the wound has healed.

  - Do you consider part of your success for the help in the process?

  - All credit goes to Alberto, your honor, resilience and sacrifice. To me it has impressed me.

http://ciclismo.as.com/ciclismo/2014/09/10/vuelta_espana/1410315652_039339.html
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 10, 2014, 09:52
 :cool :cool :cool :cool :) :) :) :) :) :) finally one his doctors speaks out :) :)

I was getting sick of everyone calling Alberto a liar :angry :angry :angry :angry
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 10, 2014, 09:56
PS that is pretty much exactly how I thought it was based on research and common sense :shh
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Slow Rider on September 10, 2014, 11:31
PS that is pretty much exactly how I thought it was based on research and common sense :shh

Not everyone follows Alberto news as closely as you do Flo ;)

And Contador, Riis and Tinkoff have made it like this themselves with their messages that it will be doubtful Contador can make it to the Vuelta. Perhaps it was deliberate, just trying to confuse the opponents, I don't know. But it sure surprised me to see him doing this well.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 11, 2014, 14:31
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BxQUmgbCUAAPl9K.jpg:large)

Interesting column by Dr Manuel Leyes :cool :cool lots of interesting info :cool
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DB-Coop on September 11, 2014, 17:25
And Contador, Riis and Tinkoff have made it like this themselves with their messages that it will be doubtful Contador can make it to the Vuelta. Perhaps it was deliberate, just trying to confuse the opponents, I don't know. But it sure surprised me to see him doing this well.

Riis was super calm, sort of laughed off that Contador thought he wouldn't be back, "we'll see" is what he said, it was one of them Bjarne's voice gives him away, not really shocked he started. Contador was just going off his first instinct on his ride, AC is to my best knowledge not a doctor. Oleg Tinkov is unpredictable. When Bjarne says something he tends to be right.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LaVelocipede on September 13, 2014, 18:51
So,  #red red jersey,  #white white jersey, and the two most difficult stages. A triumph, all in all.
:elpistolero :elpistolero :elpistolero  :D :) :cool :D :) :cool #red #white #red :D :D :D :) :) :) :cool :cool :cool :cool
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 13, 2014, 18:55
So,  #red red jersey,  #white white jersey, and the two most difficult stages. A triumph, all in all.
:elpistolero :elpistolero :elpistolero  :D :) :cool :D :) :cool #red #white #red :D :D :D :) :) :) :cool :cool :cool :cool

:win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win

:daotec :rave :rave

:woohoo :woohoo
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LaVelocipede on September 13, 2014, 18:56
:win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win :win

:daotec :rave :rave

:woohoo :woohoo
Dammit I need to learn how to do these smileys!
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 13, 2014, 19:01
Dammit I need to learn how to do these smileys!

Berto --> :spank <-- Froome
:b3
:hitch
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LaVelocipede on September 13, 2014, 19:07
Berto --> :spank <-- Froome
:b3
:hitch
Unfair!!!!  :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 13, 2014, 19:16
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BxbrA7CIEAAww5x.jpg)

 :)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LaVelocipede on September 15, 2014, 07:58
:win
:fanfare
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: L'arri on September 15, 2014, 09:09
Most riders have to take a stage win or a one-day race to confirm that their long road back to the top is complete.

Contador however had to win a GT for folks to be universally convinced and, dare we say it, he had to beat Froome in doing so.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 28, 2014, 18:38
Wednesday Milano - Torino

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LxNlLMQTvU

Alberto's history in the race:

2012 1st
2013 5th

surely he's a big favorite again for this year's edition :o

(http://www.wielerflits.nl/wielerpics/445contadorturino2.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: M Gee on September 28, 2014, 20:02
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BxQUmgbCUAAPl9K.jpg:large)

Interesting column by Dr Manuel Leyes :cool :cool lots of interesting info :cool

UGLY wound. One can't say he was faking it - I actually am glad to see this, since it gives us, el publico en general, la gente, something real on which to base our thoughts.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 28, 2014, 20:25
And ugly wounds result in ugly scars

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ByeT_HDIUAAMiwm.jpg)

Sheesh
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 30, 2014, 20:33
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ByzZcNmCEAEBbGn.jpg)

https://twitter.com/tinkoff_saxo/status/517027137388568576

:)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 29, 2014, 10:33
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1G5actIMAAtnk6.jpg)

vélo d'or 2014 :)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 29, 2014, 14:49
official now
http://www.lequipe.fr/Cyclisme-sur-route/Actualites/Contador-velo-d-or-monde/510660
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 29, 2014, 20:06
https://twitter.com/albertocontador/status/527551182026588160

 :cool
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: L'arri on October 29, 2014, 20:10
https://twitter.com/albertocontador/status/527551182026588160

 :cool

I prefer the older trophies. They're much classier.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 29, 2014, 20:16
yes, me too.

Alberto needs to win another one so the 2014 one doesn't look like the outlier ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: LukasCPH on October 29, 2014, 22:15
I prefer the older trophies. They're much classier.
yes, me too.
I third that notion. :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 30, 2014, 16:59
I third that notion. :D

I found this funny pic with the new trophy :P

(http://media.outdoorblog.it/e/ed4/Chris-Froome-Velo-dor-2013.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 07, 2014, 08:04
(http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee414/Fleurtje15/1415346360720_zps21179032.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: L'arri on November 07, 2014, 17:10
(http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee414/Fleurtje15/1415346360720_zps21179032.jpg)

Poor guy, looks freezing. Time for a well-deserved holiday for the man from Pinto, methinks.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 07, 2014, 17:14
Poor guy, looks freezing. Time for a well-deserved holiday for the man from Pinto, methinks.

he's already had his holiday, needs to prepare for 2015 now :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 10, 2014, 14:40
https://twitter.com/albertocontador/status/531573670641410048

 :cool
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 12, 2014, 15:03
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLqV033CoBQ

17:45  :o :o

Alberto!
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 16, 2014, 13:46
Now that's dedication :lol

https://twitter.com/albertocontador/status/533975860362379264
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 17, 2014, 20:11
https://twitter.com/albertocontador/status/534437568310677505
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 24, 2014, 17:05
https://twitter.com/albertocontador/status/536901444373577728
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 25, 2014, 22:04
okay... links it is

http://forum.cyclingnews.com/showpost.php?p=1608946&postcount=21054

http://forum.cyclingnews.com/showpost.php?p=1608948&postcount=21055

because youtube embedding is being a bitch ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on November 25, 2014, 23:26
wow - thats a lot of vids Flo    :cool
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 26, 2014, 11:07
wow - thats a lot of vids Flo    :cool

132 to be exact ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 02, 2014, 17:56
https://twitter.com/albertocontador/status/538098520834965504

https://twitter.com/albertocontador/status/539819620468006913
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 02, 2014, 21:39
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B34UImqIgAAwn-O.jpg)

nasty scar :o :beaten :flustered
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 03, 2014, 11:43
http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/contador-giro-tour-double-is-only-impossible-until-someone-makes-it-possible
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 10, 2014, 22:04
http://www.rsi.ch/la2/programmi/sport/sport-non-stop/faccia-a-faccia/Su-due-ruote-con-Alberto-Contador-3269356.html

Speaking Spanish in an Italian interview :spank
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 11, 2014, 21:15
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B4l-YaUCUAAc62K.jpg)
 :lol :lol
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 15, 2014, 18:08
http://sworkswew1n.com/2014/12/15/riis-contador-wants-to-make-history/

Quote
For Contador who recently turned 32 years old, it is natural to take on such a big challenge and be the leader of a big group. For the rider who is often described as the best in the world, the role suits his nature. “I have always been an outspoken person,” he says and recalls how he told Manolo Saiz what he wanted to eat at the Vuelta a Mallorca when he was just a 20-year-old neo-pro. He also recalls how he wanted to show who was the strongest when he attended the first training camp with Lance Armstrong and so was first at the top of the training climbs.

“But that can not be done now. Now this is very detailed and specific with watts. Each has zones from Z1 to Z5 and a threshold. Earlier those words were like Chinese but now they are common. And the new coaches will determine the area where you have to train. There is a certain number of watts that you have to stay below and you need to respect that,” Contador said. “My power allows me to reach the finish before the others but it is not like a few years ago when the group training was like a race.”

According to new coach Patxi Vila, Contador’s second zone corresponds to the fifth and maximal zone for other riders which says a lot about his quality. However, very few in the team know the real values of his weight and watts. While other riders send their data to all coaches on a daily basis, he only sends them to his personal coach Steven De Jongh.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 15, 2014, 18:20
http://www.marca.com/2014/12/15/cicl...r&t=1418667130

part 1 of interview with Alberto

use google translate
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 17, 2014, 12:50
interesting interview

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/cycling/30507188

good read
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 17, 2014, 14:46
Contador voted best male rider in Cyclingnews Reader Poll :fanfare

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/video-contador-voted-best-male-rider-in-cyclingnews-reader-poll
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 30, 2014, 21:15
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/bennati-ready-to-work-for-sagan-and-contador-in-2015

Bennati ready to work for Sagan and Contador in 2015
Quote
“Even if you don't have any direct, personal satisfaction, because you're not winning yourself, it's great to ride for someone like Alberto Contador. He was the world's best rider and arguably still is. He's a special rider and a special person.
:Heart: :Heart:
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 09, 2015, 15:34
https://twitter.com/albertocontador/status/553573432605298688

That's a lot of kits :)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 10, 2015, 10:24
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B6-k-ppCEAA7I05.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B67Va75IQAAMMZT.jpg)

 :)

more

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B6-kv9uCMAAcZ8E.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 10, 2015, 12:24
Quote
Chiudiamo con una curiosità. C’è chi dice che le grandi corse a tappe debbano valutare la possibilità di ridursi a due settimane, se non il Tour almeno il Giro e la Vuelta. Lei che ne pensa?

"Ah, grazie per la domanda perché il tema mi sta a cuore. No, devono restare così! Si chiamano le “grandi” perché alla fine delle tre settimane emerge il più forte, quello che recupera meglio. Cambiando la durata, perderebbero l’incanto che hanno oggi".

http://www.gazzetta.it/Ciclismo/10-01-2015/contador-100442528493.shtml (http://www.gazzetta.it/Ciclismo/10-01-2015/contador-100442528493.shtml)

Berto is asked what he thinks about shortening the GTs. His reply: Thanks for asking because it's very important to me. No, they have to stay as they are! They are called "grand" because at the end of the 3 weeks the best comes out on top, the one who recovers best. If you change the length, they lose their charm.

Berto <3 <3
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 11, 2015, 21:44
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B7GA-f3IEAIN_rE.jpg)

 :)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 15, 2015, 15:20
https://twitter.com/albertocontador/status/555707286778552322

:o :o :o :o :S :shh :cool :o
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Drummer Boy on January 28, 2015, 09:54
Was this not posted yet?

http://cyclingtips.com.au/2015/01/how-to-climb-like-alberto-contador/ (http://cyclingtips.com.au/2015/01/how-to-climb-like-alberto-contador/)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vya4EgIX4lw

I can barely understand a single word he is saying, but the ending is absolutely hysterical.  :D

Really fun video.  :cool
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: DJW on January 28, 2015, 12:18
Haha the ending is brilliant, cheeky git...
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 22, 2015, 10:59
Froome may win Ruta del Sol but the organizers sure don't love him as much as they love Alberto :shh

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-QKyMVIIAATSRA.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-QKyS1IUAAWC55.jpg)

(yes that's a cake)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-cU5h9IMAAXTX9.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-cD1FaCEAA57ww.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-cD1pbCUAAWPaU.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-cD2NfCUAAlTpT.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-cDGZoCcAA27et.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-cDHHkCIAA4uFd.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-cDHUoCUAAHext.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-cDHbWCMAA6_Nj.jpg)

I have no idea what all these flowers and prizes are for :fp :lol
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 23, 2015, 10:12
great interview with Alberto not just about cycling

http://www.abc.es/deportes/20150222/abci-entrevista-alberto-contador-201502212236.html

hopefully some website puts up a translated version or I might do a translation myself if I have time ofc
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 23, 2015, 19:30
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arDWUzDwh8I

Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Drummer Boy on February 23, 2015, 20:23
Froome may win Ruta del Sol but the organizers sure don't love him as much as they love Alberto :shh

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B-QKyMVIIAATSRA.jpg)

(yes that's a cake)
:o 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJ9Uv0jTJj0&spfreload=10
:lol
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 06, 2015, 16:23
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B_VV0flUwAAgDwz.jpg)

double :flo
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 12, 2015, 19:03
Steve Bennett the guy from UK who bid 15,000 euros for Alberto's Vuelta winning bike in the charity auction received it today :cool

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B_5yVcCWUAAmIgO.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 12, 2015, 19:05
Custom paint job
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B_5JABuWwAADro1.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 12, 2015, 19:07
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B_6b6PaXIAAvMqh.jpg)

Berto looking fit and ready to go :flo

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B_5NX5iUkAABMF5.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Joelsim on April 23, 2015, 12:02
Page 1 test
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on April 23, 2015, 19:30
Alberto just posted this on twitter
https://twitter.com/albertocontador/status/591264972166017025
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CDSYVo-WgAITOHZ.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CDSYWQVW8AAM0Ci.jpg)
this is Peto's custom kit
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CCqVBbiWIAAoKMs.jpg)

Quote
Oly **** this is Contador 14' right there, sharp as fck. Look at those leg muscles
Quote
alberto is tremendous, peter is a fatty
https://twitter.com/faustocoppi60/status/591259255967211520
https://twitter.com/faustocoppi60/status/591261797539307520
(http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/523/848/1d3.png)
 :lol
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on April 25, 2015, 18:49
https://twitter.com/albertocontador/status/592008951035797505

7+ hours uphill :o :-x
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Claudio Cappuccino on April 26, 2015, 16:16

7+ hours uphill :o :-x
That is a pretty long climb. Is he in the Himalaya's?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on April 26, 2015, 16:17
That is a pretty long climb. Is he in the Himalaya's?

ha, funny guy... you know what I meant
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on April 29, 2015, 12:15
Quote
The one hiccup, a micro-fissure in the sacrum – a minute but painful crack in a bone in the lower back, caused by the crash in the closing kilometres of the second last stage of the Volta a Catalunya in late March – was discovered with a hospital visit a week after he started training in the Canaries. Contador, although injured, completed the stage, and finished the race fourth overall.

In the Canaries, Contador took the step of training with his back wheel at a lower pressure to reduce the impact on his lower back as his body recovered. “We put the pressure down to four or five bars, around half the usual, and we altered the saddle position so my back wouldn’t hurt so much. But fortunately I’ve now recovered, and for the last three or four days I’ve been training with my tyres at normal pressure, eight or nine bars, and that makes me feel very confident.”
http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/alberto-contador-exclusive-recovered-from-injury-and-ready-for-the-giro-ditalia

 :o :( :S :angry :o
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 12, 2015, 11:45
(https://igcdn-photos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/t51.2885-15/11357584_1578642609064151_1946678389_n.jpg)

 :Flower: :shy
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: kevchenko13 on June 12, 2015, 15:49
Contadog  :cool
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 12, 2015, 19:10
Contadog  :cool

Clever ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 04, 2015, 20:55
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wso8BuhJkE

1:30-1:40 :niceday :shy <3
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 07, 2015, 17:44
:Party:
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Joelsim on July 07, 2015, 17:44
:Party:

Where were you today?
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 07, 2015, 17:47
Where were you today?
On the couch in front of the TV
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Joelsim on July 07, 2015, 18:02
On the couch in front of the TV

Why no forum Florry?  :(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 07, 2015, 18:17
Why no forum Florry?  :(
I'd rather not be in the forums on a nervous stage like today :)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Joelsim on July 07, 2015, 18:21
I'd rather not be in the forums on a nervous stage like today :)

I thought that may have been the case  :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 18, 2015, 17:21
Hopefully Alberto goes crazy and somehow manages to win a stage :) it will be hard but who knows.

He shouldn't settle for third, I hope he finishes 4th or worse. His GT record needs to stay 9-0-0. That just looks so much better than 9-0-1.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: AG on July 19, 2015, 01:54
nah I hope he gets on the podium


Winning the double is so, so hard.  I appreciate what has gone into thos ... after all, what else did he have to prove?  He has already won them all, won everything and proved beyond doubt that he is the standard ...

I was hoping he could do it.   But if he cant, I want him to podium the Tour so that the next guy who tries has that to live up to.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 25, 2015, 20:08
https://twitter.com/tinkoff_saxo/status/624966766645641216

Berto says:
Next year, GT focus solely on the Tour, similar approach to 2014, fight for the win in the early season 1-week stage races and then start the Tour in top shape.
He also named the Olympics his 2nd most important goal of the season :o

Not sure what he'll do now, he's down to race San Sebastian but I'm not sure he will, he seems tired. He needs a good rest, he looks like he could use a week-long nap. He will do some post-Tour criteriums (though not that many, Giro winner isn't very popular ;) ) but I am not sure if he'll ride any more races this season, maybe the Italian autumn classics.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: L'arri on July 27, 2015, 10:41
He's had a good season. I hope we see him again though. Plenty more races left to do. It's San Sebastian this weekend ... ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 27, 2015, 10:41
Berto confirmed - San Sebastian is his last race this season
He deserves a rest ;)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 28, 2015, 08:38
Probably the cutest picture of this Tour de France

Alberto with Ivan Basso's son Santiago :)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 08, 2015, 19:18
Hardly surprising but

https://twitter.com/purociclismopr/status/641302780825632768

Berto will not be at the Worlds, he isn't on the longlist
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 08, 2015, 19:44
A little video of Berto's appearance in a Belgian criterium on Sunday
http://www.focus-wtv.be/video/preben-van-hecke-wint-criterium-bavikhove-0
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 19, 2015, 16:43
This says Alberto will participate in a track event in France at the end of October :o

http://www.lequipe.fr/Cyclisme-sur-piste/Actualites/Une-nouvelle-epreuve-sur-piste-a-bourges/591123
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 19, 2015, 16:46
Alberto out training with Fabio yesterday
https://twitter.com/albertocontador/status/644820722943160320
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: irondan on September 19, 2015, 21:40
This says Alberto will participate in a track event in France at the end of October :o

http://www.lequipe.fr/Cyclisme-sur-piste/Actualites/Une-nouvelle-epreuve-sur-piste-a-bourges/591123
I'd pay to see that!  :cool
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 22, 2015, 16:43
Some infos

-Berto happy with TDF parcours, likes the ITTs
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contador-sees-2016-tour-de-france-as-one-for-the-climbers/

-Opinion piece on  Velonews: "Forget Froome: 2016 will be Contador's Tour"
http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/10/news/forget-froome-2016-will-be-contadors-tour_388004
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Based on initial reactions to the 2016 Tour de France route, Chris Froome is already being fitted for his third yellow jersey. Those prognostications ignore the fact that the route suits no one as well as it does Alberto Contador. He’ll be the man to beat in July.

-He will soon travel to Croatia for a short training camp with the team including a lot of physical and medical tests etc.

-Spanish climbing talent Enric Mas is the third rider of the U23 Contador team to join AWT Greenway after Belgian Kenny Molly, also this year, and Alvaro Cuadros 2 years ago.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CR69KmEWsAEtKNv.jpg)

-For next year the U23 squad will also include Marin Joublot-Ferre *fr who won the junior Tour of *ie , and Daniele Cantoni *it who impressed the team and Alberto at the Rhxdue cyclotourist ride over Passo Gavia for two years in a row
(http://sub23.fundacioncontadorteam.com/wp-content/uploads/wx2S0A4513-677x550.jpg)
Daniele climbing with Alberto :D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 29, 2015, 14:46
German interview

http://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_96027.htm

Alberto may ride Vuelta next year

Maybe this is why Pais Vasco is not in his plans for next season (he could win it for the 4th time which is the record)

Also interesting that he names Paris-Nice and Catalunya as early season targets, it appears he has decided between Paris-Nice and Tirreno (I'd love to see him go for a 2nd trident but will also be interesting to see him in Paris-Nice again)

He also says he would have loved to have a real shot at the Ardennes classics because he likes them and thinks he could have done well in them but it never really fit into his preparation for the GTs
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on October 30, 2015, 21:05
https://rouleur.cc/journal/riders/rouleur-classic-alberto-contador-foundation

(https://rouleur.cc/sites/default/files/styles/journal_people_slider_1055_x_707/public/AlbertoContador.jpg?itok=mYQvmtLW)

Rouleur Classic: Alberto Contador
"If I hadn't had this problem 11 years ago, I wouldn't have had the same victories. It changes the vision of your life." El Pistolero on strokes, recovery and the work of the Fundación Alberto Contador

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Adversity makes the strong stronger.

Alberto Contador is the most dominant GC rider of his generation, but multiple victories in all three Grand Tours would have seemed a fantasy to a 21-year-old told that he would need brain surgery if he were to race again.

It is the reason that raising awareness of strokes is one of three principal goals of the Fundación Alberto Contador, alongside a “Bikes for Life” project, run jointly with the Disabled Association of Pinto, and his backing for two development teams.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: M Gee on October 30, 2015, 21:17
German interview

http://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_96027.htm

Alberto may ride Vuelta next year

Maybe this is why Pais Vasco is not in his plans for next season (he could win it for the 4th time which is the record)

Also interesting that he names Paris-Nice and Catalunya as early season targets, it appears he has decided between Paris-Nice and Tirreno (I'd love to see him go for a 2nd trident but will also be interesting to see him in Paris-Nice again)

He also says he would have loved to have a real shot at the Ardennes classics because he likes them and thinks he could have done well in them but it never really fit into his preparation for the GTs

I'd like to see him go for some of those classics. That could be fun. Maybe he will go for more "just for fun" stuff in this next, his last pro, year.

As for his foundation, if things keep on a steady keel, I think he will get more respect for his foundation than some others currently do. Today seems to be a day when I get to speak about respect!
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 11, 2015, 14:48
2016 schedule

Volta ao Algarve
Paris-Nice
Volta a Catalunya
Vuelta al Pais Vasco
Critérium du Dauphiné
Tour de France
Olympics RR and ITT
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 16, 2015, 17:38
https://twitter.com/donaldgmcrae/status/666292573644963840
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 17, 2015, 20:56
https://twitter.com/albertocontador/status/666676576768147456
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on November 21, 2015, 19:40
Best tweet I've seen today

https://twitter.com/OllieMurray1/status/668147654862487554
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 07, 2015, 19:32
https://www.instagram.com/p/_AEyaEH-DD/?taken-by=acontadoroficial :cool
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 07, 2015, 19:33
Yesterday Alberto turned 33 CONGRATS :Party: :Party: :Party: :;^^ :dizzy :Gift:
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 30, 2015, 18:49
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CXfUoNfVAAA2G-k.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 30, 2015, 19:17
https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/aru-hopes-emulate-contador-182334535.html

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Fabio Aru insists he will work extremely hard to reach the level of his idol Alberto Contador and continue challenging at Grand Tours.

"First of all Alberto is my idol. When someone like him congratulates you, you just have to be proud and keep giving it all to improve," Aru told Omnisport.

"Contador is a special person who teaches you many things when you talk to him.

"When I had the chance to spend some time with him I was able to use all his tips. I thank him for those.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 01, 2016, 12:41
Alberto wished us all a Happy new year on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and he used the 9GT wins image I created on each of those :o :o :o :o :o

https://twitter.com/albertocontador/status/682699268403163136

I'm glad Alberto appreciates my Paint skills :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 04, 2016, 18:04
Alberto posted this picture on twitter

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CaYvL1dWcAQd9qT.jpg)

He looks so skinny :o
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Yellow Peril on February 04, 2016, 19:25
Alberto posted this picture on twitter

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CaYvL1dWcAQd9qT.jpg)

He looks so skinny :o

I really want him to be in the form of his life so that we have at least one really good GT showdown this year. His style is so classy and also so very different to Froome's yet both have had their fair share of success. I think what we've never had is a genuine head to head with both at the top of their game. hopefully 2016 will be the year!
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 15, 2016, 17:26
News
http://cyclingtips.com/2016/02/contador-says-it-is-more-and-more-likely-he-will-continue-in-2017/

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Speaking to the Spanish publication AS, he said that he would continue racing if he is successful in setting up his own team, and if it is of a sufficiently high level.

“The possibility of the project going forward is now 50 percent,” he said, saying that the intended setup would be of the “top level to compete in the Tour de France.”

That in turn floats the possibility that he wants to ride the Tour in 2017, giving himself two more shots to win it again.

He is in contact with several sponsors and is aiming for a budget of 15 million euro per year.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on February 26, 2016, 19:09
I'm sure by now all of you are aware of Alberto's great victory on Malhao on Sunday but let's see how amazing it really was :o

He won by the biggest margin since 2003 and probably earlier:
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CbxLr4IWwAAGDow.jpg)
And that while Aru is probably the best climber in that list of second places except for 1 obvious name ;)

Thibaut Pinot set a Strava record and he was 20! seconds slower than Alberto:
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CbwZEzxWEAElkfc.jpg)
Kwiat 2015 was 3s slower than Richie, so Alberto was 27s faster than Richie in 2015, and as we all know , Richie was flying in one-week races.

Gesink lost 40s and his Watts weren't too shabby:

https://twitter.com/ammattipyoraily/status/701530264930021376

https://twitter.com/ammattipyoraily/status/701754813286055936

(Above is all via ammattipyoraily on twitter)

The climbing time wizard says the following:

https://twitter.com/faustocoppi60/status/701677244348022785

https://twitter.com/faustocoppi60/status/702119718967185409

Allegedly his power was around 7.5 W/kg for 7 minutes which is similar to the performance on Pais Vasco stage 1 in 2014 when he dropped Valverde  :o

:elpistolero
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 14, 2016, 21:02
http://www.cyclist.co.uk/in-depth/963/alberto-contador-hero-or-villain
(http://www.cyclist.co.uk/sites/cyclist/files/styles/gallery_adv/public/0/57//alberto_contador_027.jpg?itok=5WEAp74u)
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Hero or villain?  :-x Which one is Alberto Contador? This thought runs through my mind as I await one of the Spaniard’s rare appearances in the UK. He’s certainly one of the greatest Grand Tour riders in history, but his record is haunted by suspicion thanks to Operación Puerto in 2006 and the clenbuterol affair in 2010.

Grey thoughts match the grey weather outside the swish grey offices of SaxoBank, the former joint sponsor of Contador’s team, which has morphed from Tinkoff-Saxo last year to Tinkoff Sport this year (and will morph into something new once more in 2017 if team owner Oleg Tinkov makes good on his promise to leave the sport at the end of 2016). When Contador arrives he is wearing, appropriately enough, a smart grey suit, and he attracts admiring glances as he passes through the Canary Wharf office in London. His tan and golden-boy smile light up a miserable winter’s day. :cool :flo
(http://www.cyclist.co.uk/sites/cyclist/files/styles/gallery_adv/public/0/59//alberto_contador_049.jpg?itok=xzqvY8bR)(http://www.cyclist.co.uk/sites/cyclist/files/styles/gallery_adv/public/0/60//alberto_contador_051.jpg?itok=6FWB_c8S)(http://www.cyclist.co.uk/sites/cyclist/files/styles/gallery_adv/public/0/58//alberto_contador_032.jpg?itok=K2-5ok4K)
(http://www.cyclist.co.uk/sites/cyclist/files/styles/gallery_adv/public/0/56//alberto_contador_009.jpg?itok=cesaTlQY)(http://www.cyclist.co.uk/sites/cyclist/files/styles/gallery_adv/public/0/55//alberto_contador_008.jpg?itok=9oj8yDzh)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on June 13, 2016, 16:09
Some things:
- It seems very likely now that he'll sign for Trek, they only have 5 riders under contract for 2017 so hopefully they'll sign some good domestiques for Alberto. I personally am not very fond of Trek cause it seems like a boring team to me but I am sure Alberto will know what is best for him.

- http://cyclinghub.tv/post.php?id=1693 nice interview on Eurosport

- Dauphiné was pretty successful with a stage win and 5 days in yellow, of course it is a shame he lost the race, but the prologue showed the base is there, he just lacks a bit of power to follow accelerations. He gutted it out on Saturday, hanging on by the skin of his teeth, and on Sunday he already seemed a bit stronger than on Friday. He did well to blow the Sky train apart. Now he knows what he's still lacking, he can train on intensity (1-2 minute power) with specific training (interval, motopacing). I still have faith that he'll be very strong in July. Throughout the last week Alberto seemed really happy, relaxed and confident, so I am hopeful that everything is going exactly according to plan.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: M Gee on July 10, 2016, 13:08
I am disappointed that he seems out of contention at this year's TdF, and so early.

Personally, I like the thot that he will ride for Trek next year - I had always thought the Saxo-Riis-Tinkoff connection not the best for AC, but who am I to say. AC has typically had a penchant for joining teams that I thought at the time were questionable.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Mellow Velo on July 10, 2016, 16:43
Tinkoff interviewed on Europort, before the weather killed it.
Yeah.
Not surprised, disappointed, also relieved for the team.
So, not good camp vibes at all, it seems.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on August 30, 2016, 17:12
https://twitter.com/guardiacivil/status/770569313841324032
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 10, 2016, 17:11
Ouch my heart, this hurts so much :( I love Chavito but I feel so sorry for Berto, he worked so hard, was in amazing shape in the spring and he gets absolutely nothing to show for it, not even a podium spot :(
My only hope now is that he can get on the podium in Madrid next year to say goodbye :(
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 11, 2016, 12:09
https://twitter.com/Trudgin/status/774924751202574337
 :niceday
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on December 07, 2016, 16:53
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cycling/2016/12/06/alberto-contador-34-today-one-thegreatest-ever-stage-racers/

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Alberto Contador is 34 today. While it is unlikely the Spaniard will celebrate the occasion wildly, it is almost guaranteed that his rivals will be sitting at a training camp somewhere asking themselves: is he ever going to quit?
David Millar, who raced against the Spaniard throughout his career, says he's the greatest grand tour rider he's ever seen while Sean Kelly, who was the world No 1 between 1984 and 1989, reckons only Eddy Merckx was better. But has the seven-time grand tour winner got what it takes to win an eighth, or is is over the hill at 34-years-old?
:cool :cool :cool :cool :cool
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on January 06, 2017, 21:37
https://www.instagram.com/p/BO7fHCbjc3K/
 :D :dizzy
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on March 24, 2017, 18:33
I'm becoming increasingly worried about Alberto. He seems to have lost his acceleration entirely and can only drop riders by pushing a hard pace for an extended period of time. He was never a frequent winner but this new diesel version of him will have an extremely hard time winning anything that isn't a hilly or mountainous TT. I'm afraid we are witnessing his decline in its full glory, this season and possibly next will be hugely disappointing and underwhelming I feel :(

On a more positive note, Pantano is an amazing domestique for him, Trek couldn't have signed a better guy. He complements Alberto's style perfectly and he seems very loyal to him as well.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on April 13, 2018, 12:40
Shared by Berto yesterday
https://twitter.com/albertocontador/status/984456846311411712
  :nomnom :niceday :party
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on May 31, 2018, 18:08
Pics taken by Trudgin in Rome

With Tom D
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DehfHcEXUAAt0X7.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DehfHcDWAAEv3fq.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DehfHcIWkAAW0i1.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DehfHcEW0AIwcZ8.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DeX-qdRXUAYtsUY.jpg)

With Vino
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DeiHeb0XkAIFczb.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DeiG9YuXkAAt52z.jpg)


And Lappartient as well
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DeiG9YvXkAA4jSk.jpg)

There was a very sweet moment with Manuele Boaro as well with Manuele waiting for Berto and asking about the baby and Berto put his head on Manu's shoulder  :luv  but she didn't get a picture of that
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Drummer Boy on May 31, 2018, 19:06
Pics taken by Trudgin in Rome

With Tom D
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DehfHcEXUAAt0X7.jpg)

(https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2011/08/12/captain-morgan_custom-24997c9c0452ac1a908e515014a67896765496a1-s300-c85.jpg)

 :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Drummer Boy on July 30, 2019, 14:53
I'm curious about something.

Johan Bruyneel has been doing a now-succesful podcast that featured stage-by-stage analysis of the Giro and the Tour. After repeated requests, he will also be doing one in Spanish, beginning with this year's Vuelta (in addition to the English version).

He has promised to be joined by a "very special guest host," but has not yet announced who that might be.

Wouldn't Alberto fit the role perfectly? Unless it would create too much controversy, and maybe jeopardize his current role on Eurosport?

I'm just wondering if there have been any rumblings about this elsewhere.

The one thing that gives me pause is that Johan's podcast falls under the Armstrong banner, and Lance still holds nothing but contempt for Contador, so I have a very difficult time believing that he'd green light this. But it would be very, very interesting, and I believe that Bruyneel and Contador have a good relationship these days.

Thoughts?

(http://cycling.today/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/AlbertoContadorJohanBruyneelTourdeFrance3e3evOrnR00l.jpg)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Carlo Algatrensig on July 30, 2019, 21:25
I'm curious about something.

Johan Bruyneel has been doing a now-succesful podcast that featured stage-by-stage analysis of the Giro and the Tour. After repeated requests, he will also be doing one in Spanish, beginning with this year's Vuelta (in addition to the English version).

He has promised to be joined by a "very special guest host," but has not yet announced who that might be.

Wouldn't Alberto fit the role perfectly? Unless it would create too much controversy, and maybe jeopardize his current role on Eurosport?

I'm just wondering if there have been any rumblings about this elsewhere.

The one thing that gives me pause is that Johan's podcast falls under the Armstrong banner, and Lance still holds nothing but contempt for Contador, so I have a very difficult time believing that he'd green light this. But it would be very, very interesting, and I believe that Bruyneel and Contador have a good relationship these days.

Thoughts?

(http://cycling.today/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/AlbertoContadorJohanBruyneelTourdeFrance3e3evOrnR00l.jpg)

Given his time as a rider at ONCE could it possibly be Manolo Saiz
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Drummer Boy on July 30, 2019, 22:43
Given his time as a rider at ONCE could it possibly be Manolo Saiz

I hadn't. Even. Considered that.

Very interesting possibility.

(Sorry for the off-topic, Flo.  :-x)
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on July 31, 2019, 09:40
FWIW I don't think Bruyneel and Berto are on bad terms, but I don't think they ever speak to each other anymore even though they both live in/near Madrid.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Drummer Boy on September 02, 2019, 05:02
Johan on his podcast today.

https://wedu.team/themove/2019-vuelta-a-espana-stage-9 (https://wedu.team/themove/2019-vuelta-a-espana-stage-9)


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Johan and JB break down a short, fast mountain stage and can only speculate what happened in the gravel section to Miguel Angel Lopez. At the beginning of the Vuelta, Johan told us all to watch and remember the name Tadej Pogacar. He proved he is the real deal today against the best climbers in the world.

Also, Johan addresses a team controversy similar to what Movistar is facing now and sets the record straight after hearing comments on Spanish television from Alberto Contador on the subject

@31:15, he spends a good, solid 15 minutes countering Contador's claims, and offering his own version of events.

Interestingly enough, at the end of that segment, he offers to have Alberto on the Spanish version of his podcast (which is co-hosted by Victor Hugo Peña) so that they could debate/discuss the events of that fateful day.

The only thing I'm confused about is that they are discussing something that happened in Andorra in the 2009 Tour (which would've been either Stage 7 or Stage 8?), but the incident that most people are familiar with is from Stage 15 in Switzerland. Which, by the way, is still one of my all-time favorite clips.
 :cool

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9uXglMzMU0



Then there was this classic one (below) where Johan is very unhappy with Alberto. (Curious that he vents in French).

Frankie's comments at the end pretty much sum things up though.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAHXu3t2D5I

But again, the details are at odds with what is said in the podcast. Johan says that he didn't want to take the Yellow Jersey yet, but in the above clip Contador is already wearing it. So I must be missing something in the timeline of events.

Flo, I trust you can set the record straight?  :P
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 02, 2019, 09:03
Johan on his podcast today.

https://wedu.team/themove/2019-vuelta-a-espana-stage-9 (https://wedu.team/themove/2019-vuelta-a-espana-stage-9)


@31:15, he spends a good, solid 15 minutes countering Contador's claims, and offering his own version of events.

Interestingly enough, at the end of that segment, he offers to have Alberto on the Spanish version of his podcast (which is co-hosted by Victor Hugo Peña) so that they could debate/discuss the events of that fateful day.

The only thing I'm confused about is that they are discussing something that happened in Andorra in the 2009 Tour (which would've been either Stage 7 or Stage 8?), but the incident that most people are familiar with is from Stage 15 in Switzerland. Which, by the way, is still one of my all-time favorite clips.
 :cool

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9uXglMzMU0



Then there was this classic one (below) where Johan is very unhappy with Alberto. (Curious that he vents in French).

Frankie's comments at the end pretty much sum things up though.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAHXu3t2D5I

But again, the details are at odds with what is said in the podcast. Johan says that he didn't want to take the Yellow Jersey yet, but in the above clip Contador is already wearing it. So I must be missing something in the timeline of events.

Flo, I trust you can set the record straight?  :P
What is important to remember is that before the Andorra stage, Lance was a few hundreds of a second away from yellow, thanks to the echelon stage. Alberto smashed Lance in the opening time trial, but Alberto was left to fight the wind on his own a couple days later. Lance came so close to taking yellow in the TTT, but Cancellara just managed to keep it.
Lance was 19 seconds ahead before Andorra. If Lance had taken yellow after the TTT, or on the Andorra stage, the race would have looked much different for Alberto. While he was of course not going to be happy to defend Lance's jersey while he was the stronger rider, it wouldn't have looked good to attack his own teammate in yellow. Of course in the end the end result would have likely been the same, Alberto and also Andy were just miles ahead in terms of climbing. But you can bet that the team's idea was to put Lance in yellow on the Andorra stage.
That's why there was so much controversy about his move afterwards. Lance openly stated that Alberto had ignored the team's orders. Before the Verbier, Alberto was ahead of Lance on the GC and had showed he was the better climber. So there wasn't as much controversy about that stage, but it was a nice way of putting Lance in his place :P 
Then that stage where Johan lost it, is the one were Alberto, Klöden and the Schlecks had escaped. Alberto attacked which caused Klöden to crack and lose his podium to Fränk. Lance had big things to say about it, but remember that if that hadn't happened, Klöden would have likely been the 2nd Astana on the podium and not Lance.

I saw a Belgian TV show with amongst others Johan and DS Dirk Demol a couple months ago. They also spoke about the subject. Johan was quite adamant that he and Lance hadn't really done anything wrong that race. Demol said that the Spanish media and some Spanish staff had a big impact on the way Alberto viewed events (The Big Spanish Conspiracy ?) and that he spent many evenings in discussion with Alberto trying to diffuse the situation. I have to wonder though, that would mean all the reports of Lance's bullying were false?

I don't think there is a 'right' or 'wrong' here. I suppose Johan really believes he wasn't partial and didn't care who would win, and that the team supported Alberto just as much as Lance. I also think Alberto is right to feel he was isolated and left to fend for himself in more ways than one. They are just two versions of the same events. I'm honestly kinda curious how Lance looks back at it at this point.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Flo on September 02, 2019, 10:36
Actually just got this video in my recommended on YouTube (coincidence? Probably not :? ) Some pretty interesting observations. I remember that after the stage Alberto said that Klöden had given him the green light to attack, and looking at this clips it does seem like that could be the case.

https://youtu.be/BXdOeMR3CYo
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Drummer Boy on September 02, 2019, 12:48
Actually just got this video in my recommended on YouTube

I only just recently discovered those Lanterne Rouge videos myself. He does good work.  :cool

Interesting that that video was just posted a couple of days ago. It seems that it would put it a day ahead of Alberto making his own comments about the incident on Eurosport? It would take some time to do the analysis and post that video, so I wonder what prompted it? Very curious.

I do remember Lance being fractions of a second off the Yellow Jersey after the TTT. Had Lance gotten the jersey, the media surrounding that would've been insane. It also would've been very difficult for Contador to assert himself after that without ten times the scrutiny that he was already under. No doubt that had Armstrong been in Yellow, he would've used it in every way possible to manipulate the situation to his advantage, and justify being the team leader. His ego would've exploded. It would've made for the very ugliest of team dynamics. It must've absolutely killed Lance to be soooooo close to Yelow at that point. He would've loved nothing more.

The other point about the earlier crosswind stage where Lance put time in between himself and Contador is what people should really focus on. Lance gloated about it at the time, and made some not-so-veiled remarks about Contador, without actually naming him. It's the typical hypocrisy of a narcissistic bully. Had the roles been reversed, Armstrong would've been relentless in his criticism of Contador. Lance showed his cards on that stage, and they completely contradicted everything Lance had said prior to the Tour, about how he would support Alberto.

I can still remember an interview with Paul Sherwen from as early as the Tour Down Under that year, where Lance was bragging about how he would be "the best domestique ever" in support of Contador if it were shown that Alberto was the stronger of the two at Le Tour. If he had Contador's best interest in mind, the crosswind stage never would've unfolded the way it did. I'd be curious to hear Johan's take on that stage.

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I'm honestly kinda curious how Lance looks back at it at this point.
This is where Lance trips over himself, and reveals his true inner workings. He still can't stand Contador, and it's obvious at every turn. (The same is true of Vaughters and a few others that Lance was always at odds with. Armstrong just can't let the past go, as much as he tries to pretend that he has.)

Throughout the TdF podcast, there were at least three times that Lance would make disparaging remarks about Contador, and usually refers to him as a "punk." On more than one occasion alone, he would make fun of the fact that Contador famously used a pink whistle, when descending a mountain after a stage, to alert bystanders that he was coming through. It was a stupid little dig that Lance tried, repeatedly, to use against Contador.

It was Hincapie, though, that pointed out that many riders used whistles for that very reason, and George also offered the perfect comeback by saying, "I remember one particular rider who use to always take the helicopter down, so he never had to make the descent on his bike." Lance had little to say in his defense of that one.

Armstrong doesn't even try to hide his continued disdain for Contador. It's so petty, immature, and completely unwarranted. Lance put Alberto in an impossible situation by trying to hijack his own team, when Contador was at the peak of his powers, and the best rider in the world. Imagine if LeMond had made a "comeback" after 2000, and had suddenly arrived at the doorstep of Lance's team!?!? Neve in a million years would Armstrong have tolerate any such thing, so I can't imagine why he expected Contador to be any  more charitable. The whole thing was a disaster in the making.

The notion that Lance was returning to "spread the message" about Livestrong, etc, was totally bogus. Lance was returning for "Lance." He wanted to win another Tour, and that was all there was to it. The fact that he still, to this day, can't come to grips with any of that shows his lack of evolution as a human, despite all his efforts to the contrary.

As I said, Armstrong still takes shots at Vaughters as well. And don't even mention Floyd's name! The one time that happened on the podcast, you could see the steam coming out of Armstrong's ears. 
:D
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: M Gee on November 13, 2019, 01:47
A little off-topic, but since Flo sometimes comes to visit here, I just ran across this:

https://bdgastore.com/products/x-golf-chenille-chuck-70-hi?variant=31196878602314

 :lol :lol

Made me think of you, la florecita!
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: M Gee on November 13, 2019, 04:20
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The notion that Lance was returning to "spread the message" about Livestrong, etc, was totally bogus. Lance was returning for "Lance." He wanted to win another Tour, and that was all there was to it. The fact that he still, to this day, can't come to grips with any of that shows his lack of evolution as a human, despite all his efforts to the contrary.

As I said, Armstrong still takes shots at Vaughters as well. And don't even mention Floyd's name! The one time that happened on the podcast, you could see the steam coming out of Armstrong's ears. 
:D
:lol I have to say I like the WEDU Lance podcasts. Because Lance does know a thing or two - he does have a lot of experience. But, that all ends when he gets that emotional hook - that hair up his ass - then he's just a bully or a PITA, depending on where you're at.
Title: Re: The Official LaFlorecita Alberto Contador thread
Post by: Drummer Boy on April 09, 2020, 17:07
Calling Flo!  :D

What's this all about? :slow

https://twitter.com/mauro_cycling/status/1248254812044566528

https://twitter.com/JohanBruyneel/status/1248274692420632580