Chris Horner on la Vuelta
Richie_B – Member
The last thing I’ll say to the people who don’t believe in cycling, the cynics and the sceptics: I’m sorry for you. I’m sorry that you can’t dream big. I’m sorry you don’t believe in miracles. But this is one hell of a race. This is a great sporting event and you should stand around and believe it. You should believe in these athletes, and you should believe in these people.
I once felt that way I thought I had a good idea who was ‘prepared’ and who was clean but then again I believed in David Millar…
Richie, I believe that is a famous Armstrong quote…Posted 4 years ago
Horner’s delight at taking his win was reflected most strongly when he spontaneously grabbed the press conference microphone and recounted how his 11-year-old son had said he would prefer him to continue racing when Horner had had doubts because of his knee injury earlier this year.
“He told me not to retire, because right now it was cool to be able to tell his friends his dad was a professional doing the Giro and other races, and with every pedal stroke I felt that, what he’d said.
“Now he can say his dad won the first Vuelta for America, he’s the only 40-something year-old to have won a Grand Tour, and that’s something he’ll be able to enjoy for the rest of his life, to enjoy that for ever.”Posted 4 years ago
Frankenstein – Member
… there are plenty of 40+ athletes out there.
It’s just that none of them are stuffing gc riders ten years or so their junior, having never won a gt stage let alone a gt jersey before and being so good they haven’t even got a contract for 2104.Posted 4 years agobrakesMember
gutted for Nibali, thought he’d been holding something back for the Angliru and was excited when he took it on… great ending to a Tour that wasn’t living up to expectations for me.Posted 4 years ago
I just can’t like Horner though… it’s his attitude and demeanour as well as his unexpected performances.piemonsterMember
I’m just wondering if all the people moaning
I got into sport first in the early/mid 90s, and with that became aware of pro cycling.
I’ve known nothing else but epo doping cyclists to be present in, and winning Grand Tours. So you’ll have to forgive me if it takes a while to start believing in ‘miracles’
Still, I’m hopeful that its not quite as bad as 100m sprinting, although I’m not willing to place bets.Posted 4 years agoSpinMember
In order to enjoy pro-cycling in these days of suspicion you need to institute a chinese wall in your head.
Watch the race. Enjoy the race. Don’t think about the doping potential, it will spoil it for you.
I pity those poor individuals who are not capable of this. The Vuelta must have been an impoverished experience for you whereas for me it was exhilarating.Posted 4 years agoaracerSubscriber
I’m just wondering if all the people moaning are either 40+ fatties or young people who are 5hit riders who see their Dad beating them.
40+ ex high level athlete here, who’s found just how much harder it gets when you’re over 40. Maybe those who aren’t suspicious are either not old enough to know, or have never competed at a high enough level?Posted 4 years agosamuriMember
We all know what the real problem is here. I’m going to come out and say it. Forget all the doping suggestions and all that malarkey. The real problem is the viewers who are finding their bigotry challenged.
But it’s OK, we forgive you. All we ask is that you reset your perceptions. You’re wrong, all you have to do now is accept it and move on.
Now after me…..
“Slapheads can be winners too”
That’s better isn’t it?Posted 4 years agocouldashouldawouldaMember
**** it. In the last few years I could have been persuaded by GB, Sky, the slower Spanish guys etc.
But the last few days of the 2013 Vuelta?
Next thing Phat Mcquaid will be re elected to his $40,0000,0000 a year consultancy (the UCI paperstamp) and there will be one person somewhere who still thinks that cycling has cleaned up.Posted 4 years agomikey74Member
I can’t believe the amount of emotional baggage people attach to professional sport. Personally, I thought today’s stage was one of the most entertaining stages I’ve seen for a long time. If Horner does fail a drugs test then it will be a shame, but I won’t lose any sleep over it.
If you want honour, humility and fairy stories, go and watch sunday league rugby, go and watch a marathon and support all those struggling to even get to the finish line in the name of charity, go and watch an ironman and see what average people put their bodies through.
Don’t rely on professional sport to uphold your moral and emotional standards: You will always be disappointed. Afterall, professional sport is a cut-throat, win at all costs occupation and couldn’t give a crap about your idealistic view of your “heroes”.Posted 4 years agoBristolPabloMember
CH was not riding on an Armstrong team pre 2009 and Horner is very experienced, spent most of his career riding for Continenal teams. His Palmares isnt littered with big wins but then neither are most GT riders! Horner is an experienced guy and is tactailly astute. He barely rides post May, Tour of Utah, Tour of California, season done… so was always coming it to this race fresh. Rodriguez has done something like 70k competitive kms this year finishing in the top 5 in each GT and somehow stays under the finger pointer’s radar and Nibali is riding for Astana for heavens sake, Katie Price is cleaner than that team!
testing seemed to work well on the Giro with two Vini Fantini riders being kicked out so I think its reasonable to assume that anyone using PEDs will get caught….Posted 4 years ago
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