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When there was speculation about who would lead the team Lance said that they always rode for the strongest man. It looks like Contador is fine with that. Surprising how good he's getting at TT's but it's also possible that his form is WAY early. It is still only March and the boy is flying.
 

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yes. it is early. Nice to see a strong ride but lasting till July is another story. If he does it, it will be a new chapter in his career.

Cadel was slow, looks a little heavy?

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I don't know what the surprise is. Conti is the best stage racer and rides on a team that focuses a lot of its training efforts on the ITT. Would he have beat Wiggins on an ITT course over 30 km? Perhaps not. But over a 10-km course like today's Conti is no slouch. He already said he wants to win P-N. "I don't have an obsession to win Paris-Nice, but I'll race for the win," Contador continued.

If there's a suggestion to this thread that perhaps Contador isn't really naturally on form but getting extraneous help, this thread should have been posted in the doping forum, where it would have gotten a lot less attention.
 

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fornaca68 said:
I don't know what the surprise is. Conti is the best stage racer and rides on a team that focuses a lot of its training efforts on the ITT. Would he have beat Wiggins on an ITT course over 30 km? Perhaps not. .
The opposite is the case. Wiggens is Olympic champion in the pursuit and specializes in short TT's. He doesn't do as well in the longer TT's

For a 135 pound climber like Contador to put out that kind of performance in a short power event is very impressive. Can he hold, or repeat, this kind of form in July?
 

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Also add in the variable weather today. It rained hard today but I'm not sure who got the good weather and who got the crap weather. I don't know if it played a factor but it's something to think about.
 

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agm2 said:
Also add in the variable weather today. It rained hard today but I'm not sure who got the good weather and who got the crap weather. I don't know if it played a factor but it's something to think about.
I don't think it played a factor as It was raining for both Contador and Wiggens
 

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Bradley Wiggins is a 3x World Pursuit Champion and 2x Olympic Pursuit Champion. I bet he was pretty angry after that tt. It is absolutely shocking when a rider like Contador, whom has never been a world class time trialist (let alone prologue specialist), beats him by 7 seconds over >10km. There are a handful of other riders in the top 20 who usually would've bested Contador in a prologue/short tt as well. Anyways, congrats to Contador for his win.
 

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I think the guy is on a mission this year. With the return of LA, he seems to want to remind everybody that he's only won the last 3 grand tours he was in. Every generation seems to have a rider that is just that much better than everybody else. Speculate if you want, but the guy is good, and only getting better.
 

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davidka said:
Surprising how good he's getting at TT's but it's also possible that his form is WAY early.
That's a big call considering history tells us that in 2007 Contador won Paris-Nice and then went on to win the Tour.
 

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That's true and I just looked up the prologue results from 2007 P-N(4.7k prologue), he was 4th, only 2 seconds off the winning time set by David Millar.

Side note, I just watched Wiggins' ride, he was trying to get the media helicopter to move away from his front/left for about 1k, that wind couldn't have helped his ride.
 

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It's worth noting that Sanchez was only another 2 seconds behind Wiggins. Another Spaniard who is on a mission?
Sanchez is also a demon of a bike handler which probably helped in the wet. Watch the final stage of Paris-Nice last year, amazing bike riding
 

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in the P-N prologue. how does that happen?
Seems like it happens quite a bit actually. As others have pointed out with the results showing Contador beating Wiggins in this race before, in this type of prologue. It's not that surprising. He's been coming along nicely in his TT efforts over the last few years. There is a reason why he is the pre-eminent Grand Tour rider out on the roads today. He's dangerous in the TTs, and he can outclimb just about anyone around him on any given day.

In regards to Cadel. He hasn't been training well this off season, mostly because he's had knee issues. I remember reading about this on cyclingnews.com and other sites over the last couple of months.

Can Contador hold this form until July? Actually, he doesn't have to. He can race PN for the win, then kick back, take the edge off a little, and just train. Then probably come back race Tour de Suisse, or the Dauphine as a warm up for the Tour, just being right under Tour strength, and then arrive at the Tour ready to rip.

He can't hold this form until July, he would probably end up getting sick, or burning out. Targeting specific races though, he can train up, ride to win, and then dial it back until his next "A" race so to speak. It's not that hard to target specific events, and if planned properly, it's not that hard to arrive at said races in pristine condition, which apparently he has done here at Paris Nice.
 

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2 thoughts when I saw this:
1. I underestimated Contador- this is impressive and clearly raises the intra - Astana bar for top dog.
2. Astana is absolutely stacked.
 

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Wborgers said:
2. Astana is absolutely stacked.
You mean that Contador winning the Paris Nice progloue now has you thinking that Astana is more stacked than before, when he wasn't a Paris Nice prologue winner but had only won 3 GTs in the past 2 years? :)
 
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