Why the hate for Alberto? I love watching that guy ride in the mountains. Like Pantani but with smarts and discipline. I think the way he overcame Lance and Radio Shack when Lance had the whole team working against him and wouldn't even give him a ride back to the hotel was amazing. And he stayed classy throughout that race when Lance was acting like a petulant little baby. In the mountains, he barely needs a team he's so strong. His ride in the Giro this year was one of the most dominating I've ever seen. I don't know if he can maintain that form through le tour, but I'd love to see it.Yes! Gilbert is a monster!!! I wonder how many classics he'll win next year!
Happy to see Contador lose 1:20 today!! Being an American, I'm pulling for the Radio Shack boys. But if they don't win (and they probably won't), I hope Andy Schleck or Cadel Evans can come through. Just not Contador please!!
I did have a problem with him attacking when AS dropped the chain - last year's Tour was a blemish on his record as far as I'm concerned. I'm not claiming he's wonderful, but he seems to be liked and respected in the peloton in a way that Lance never was, even as he dominates the grand tours. I thought the way he rode the Giro this year was one of the most impressive rides I've seen, at once overwhelmingly strong, but handing out victories to preserve alliances and maintain relations (to his benefit, of course). I started off really liking Lance a lot but came to like him less and less over the years the more I learned about him. I haven't had that reaction to Contador at all, at least yet. But he's been at the top of the sport for a while now, so I'm guessing he's not gonna sour on me that much.I dislike Contador because he's a jerk. Classy? Gotta be kidding. Lance was no saint. But neither is Contador. Saying that he did not see Schleck's chain drop was the biggest lie of the year. I did not have a problem with him taking advantage of the mishap. But be a man and say that you did. As for doping, that's a long long discussion for another day while sipping a beer.