Thursday, July 23, 2009
Contador the Conqueror
I noticed the Versus boys and some team mates are snipping at Alberto for not holding back for "The Team". When Merckx became the "Cannibal" for relentless solo attacks, or Coppi's victories were measured by the town square clock instead of a stopwatch, people don't remember that they didn't wait for their teams to catch up. Historic mountain breakaways are not team events. There is very little aerodynamic advantage at climbing speeds. Being surrounded by teammates is a psychological advantage which some riders don't need. The giants of cycling have not always been team players. Alberto has gained his time in the mountains and individual time trials. Alone.