Top ten road descenders……who else is missing?

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  • mtbmatt
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    On what basis? The one (admittedly rather good) chase back to the bunch from a few years back?

    Haze
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    Disappointed my top 10 (strava) descent of the Col d’Izoard didn’t get a mention…

    Rickos
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    Cadel Evans was a terrible descender simply because he was descending on pavement as he would on the dirt: keeping his bodyweight over the frame, essential to retaining traction in dirt, yet impractical on the road.

    So how should it be done on the road?

    Premier Icon tomhoward
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    Me. Cuz, y’know, I’m a mountain biker, therefore I have exellent bike handling skills. [/liggett]

    Lemond was excellent, imho.

    Rickos
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    They do mention Cancellara in the Hushovd page, but clearly not a top ten by their standards.

    hora
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    Who was the yellow jersey chap who had a puncture and had to do a mad fast solo descent through mountain bends to catch up?

    Shleck or Contador?

    whatnobeer
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    Spartacus did that. I doubt it was either of the Schlecks, they’re notorious for being a bit nervous on the downhills.

    Premier Icon njee20
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    Who was the yellow jersey chap who had a puncture and had to do a mad fast solo descent through mountain bends to catch up?

    Cancellara…

    I’d add Cipollini to that list too, although it wasn’t really a skill he exploited during his career.

    doubt it was either of the Schlecks, they’re notorious for being a bit nervous pair of whining pussies on the downhills.

    FTFY.

    wilburt
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    Sagan Switzerland this year- crazy.

    njee20 – Member
    Cipollini

    I love the Bond videos!

    http://vimeo.com/48158576

    gooner69
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    Cant argue much with the list, the famous chase back by Canc was to a tempo peleton and through the team cars.
    Cars on those hairpins are almost stationary at times. So although it looks great in reality it wasn’t the most difficult chase.

    ninfan
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    No Delgado?

    Worth it just for the Kamikaze (2 minutes in)

    [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpuvoogzXoo[/video]

    I’d add Garate to the list too.

    I rode with Olano (#8 on the list) on Sunday, even in his mid 40s is frighteningly fast on wet descents.

    mefty
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    cavendish would argue the great descending takes place at the back of the peloton so they can make the time cut, but this isn’t covered by the cameras. By all accounts, Sean Yates was a demon but not to win the race but to be in the valley to take the wind for his leader.

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    cavendish would argue the great descending takes place at the back of the peloton so they can make the time cut, but this isn’t covered by the cameras.

    +1
    Cav is probably one of the best descenders. Sprinters tend to have that “no fear” assistance and they’re used to handling their bikes at high speed. The back of the bunch is the place to watch on descents as people try and chase back on.

    Vincenzo Nibali is the other name that crops up a lot when roadies talk about good descenders.

    mrblobby
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    cavendish would argue the great descending takes place at the back of the peloton so they can make the time cut, but this isn’t covered by the cameras.

    Would be great to see some descent times. Heavier guys, more power, less fear, trying to make the time cut, would be very interesting.

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