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Could this info about Quaranta be wrong?(7 posts)

Could this info about Quaranta be wrong?Bruno S
Dec 19, 2001 9:32 PM
They list his weight at 127 lbs (58 kg)

This is the main page with info of other italian cyclists. All of the other sprinters weigh much more.
re: Could this info about Quaranta be wrong?zelig1
Dec 20, 2001 1:31 AM
Probably a typo and more like 68kg. There was an article in one of the European mags and he definitely wasn't 58kg. Being 60kg, I would have remembered. I'll try to find the issue tonight.
Don't you find it strange that Eric Zabel's.....JS
Dec 20, 2001 8:33 AM
race weight is 71kg. At 5' 9" and 155lbs he's smaller than Lance. Climbing must be more of a function of fast twitch versus slow twitch muscles.
Lance's size.....TJeanloz
Dec 20, 2001 10:51 AM
Lance's weight is something of a mystery, I've seen it listed everywhere from 145-165lbs, and I'm sure that it varies as the season progresses.

However, his pre-cancer ('96 Olympics, etc.) stat sheets list him at 5'10", 165lbs, and he has clearly lost a LOT of weight since then. It's the old NFL game of climbers trying to convince the world they weigh more than they do, and sprinters trying to convince the world they weigh less than they do.
Dec 20, 2001 12:41 PM
Some one once said that sprinters are born, and endurance athletes are made.

A lot of track sprinters are huge yes. But who is faster, Carl Lewis or Emmit Smith.
C. Lewis vs. Emmit SmithTJeanloz
Dec 20, 2001 12:49 PM
I think that given the right circumstances, Emmit could take Carl. Do we have any idea what Lewis' 40 time is?

Seriously, completely different sports have completely different standards. I think Emmit could win a 40 yard dash on grass from a standing start (no blocks). Definitely if you threw in some cones or something to run around...
Better yet even a few line backersallervite
Dec 20, 2001 6:02 PM
Point taken, but what I meant was that sprinters are born with a lot of fast twitch. You can lift weights till the land of soft tissue damage, and if you don't have the talent, you are just not gonna be a speedster. It is much easier to gain endurance then to gain speed. Guys like Eric Zabel & co. are exceptionaly talented, and we all seem so shocked that they do not look like Frank Zane. We equate muscle mass with speed and it's just not accurate. Someone who is a sprinter can gain speed by lifting weights, but not that much. A friend of mine used to do the 40 yard dash in 4.2 my best was 5.7. He was no bigger than me, and we both lifted weights. He was just born with better potential. Also, not all climbers are rails. Compare Pantani with Boogerd. Just looking at them, you would thing Michael would out climb him with those stick legs and long femurs.