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Erik Zabel is no B.S. (no spoiler here)(8 posts)

Erik Zabel is no B.S. (no spoiler here)Djudd
Sep 25, 2002 7:09 AM
Zabel is the last of a breed. He dips his beak at every grand tour he is in and usually finishes!!! (unlike you know who) He races all year fairly flat-out. I think this is the last we will see of such a racer, riders are now gearing for particular races, not right or wrong just the way it is. Any one remember Marino Lajaretta, for years he raced all three grand tours and a regular one day schedule
Agreed... periodization has ruined all of thatPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Sep 25, 2002 7:20 AM
Zabel is a great sprinter I agree... between his ability to win sprints and finish the tour is a huge feat. Even more impressive is how often he races. And your right he is most likely one of the last of his breed. With the new scientific research about periodization and what not it simply doesn't make sense from that side of things to have a rider racing as regularly as we might expect for peak performance. But how much it takes off that peak performance is a good question...

Sep 25, 2002 10:41 AM
Riders who race hard week in and week out rather than focusing on one or two events look to me like they compete for the joy of it not for the career. I hope there will always be athletes who compete that way.
Sep 25, 2002 8:08 AM
I don't think Eric Z. can really be categorized as a "pure" sprinter anymore. He is a pure out-and-out wily stubborn ol' barstid.

He is a smart rider who takes opportunities and goes for advantages as he is able, goes for breakaways if he gets the chance, can take care of himself well enough over all but the worst mountains, thank you very much, and does not depend on the team train to pamper him all the way to the line. Yesterday he took advantage of another team's leadout to move forward in the final 500m, and simply used his teammate to help bollix their tempo rather than sitting on the Telekom wheels.
Gee, do I detect a jibe at 'Super-Mario'? :) (nm)desert-rider
Sep 25, 2002 9:09 AM
re: Erik Zabel is no B.S. (no spoiler here)flying
Sep 25, 2002 9:50 AM
Agreed !
I really miss the fact that more are no longer like him.
This is also why L.A. can never really be compared to many who came before.( he will never do the triple ....few will )
Zabel could become a great classics rider too.
could become?(nm)Soultrain
Sep 25, 2002 10:56 AM
you know who seems to spank him, though(nm)aet
Sep 26, 2002 7:08 AM