Regularly Beating Up James Ellsworth
Join Date: Feb 2012
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Re: The Cycling discussion thread
We've seen twists and turns and exciting stages right the way through, and just when it was looking like it might have slipped away for Contador he springs an inspired move to virtually win the race after the rest day on a near innocuous stage. It's a totally fitting way to take the jersey. Alberto HAD done his homework and got the break exactly right, he caught him off guard, put him under that pressure early which hadn't happened before. Purito's team was tested, he was tested and he didn't rise to the challenge. Considering Valverde rode back to Alberto and made up time while he didn't, he was found wanting, but without being put in that situation he would never had suffered this loss. The luck just doesn't look like it will roll for him.
Yet this doesn't discount or take anything away from the huge effort and risk Alberto took, and he should be praised for winning, not Purito losing. Regardless of the inevitable questions that were always going to come with (potentially) winning this tour after coming back, he's made this tour what it is. Incredibly exciting.
Like you say, it's not over yet. Alberto still has to hold on, barring a big turnaround, a lot of variables still, who knows?
Last edited by Jobberwacky; 09-07-2012 at 11:40 AM.