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Poor Zabel......Any last bets? nm(12 posts)

Poor Zabel......Any last bets? nmCharlesTT
Sep 28, 2002 6:36 PM
was mentioning to a friend, if I were Zabel I'd retire soon. nmweiwentg
Sep 28, 2002 6:52 PM
was mentioning to a friend, if I were Zabel I'd retire soon. nmflying
Sep 28, 2002 7:09 PM
What?? Why?? Your Kidding Right? ;-)
#1 in UCI ranking

25 victories this season alone

1st stage Tour of Mallorca
3rd stage Tour of Mallorca
3rd stage Ruta Del Sol
Trofeo Luis Puig
2nd stage in the Tour of Valencia
Milan - Sanremo (WC)
Hohenheimer Schlossrennen
3rd stage Tour of Bayern
4th stage Tour of Bayern
5th stage Tour of Bayern
6th stage Tour of Bayern
2nd stage Tour of Germany
3th stage Tour of Germany
7th stage Tour of Germany
2nd stage Tour of Switserland
9th stage Tour of Switserland
1st stage Tour de France
4th stage Tour de France
19th stage Tour de France
Criterium Boxmeer
Criterium Krefeld
Criterium Unna
HEW cyclassics Hamburg (WC)
Top-Trophy in Böblingen

This is one riding SOB
If Tafi and Mussuew and Cippo retired early...Qubeley
Sep 29, 2002 4:12 AM
...during their down times, will we see the great vicotories they had this season? Every cyclist have their good years and bad years, you gotta bear it through.
Consistency, every break, every sprint, full schedule. nmSpunout
Sep 29, 2002 5:42 AM
but he does seem to have lost a bit off his top endrufus
Sep 29, 2002 6:39 AM
it seems he just doesn't have quite the pure top end speed he may have had a few years ago, getting pipped by cipo, mcewen and furlan a bit more often. but that's only to be expected as he gets older.

what he still does have is toughness and the willingness to hang in and suffer and take his wins when he can, often after the younger, faster guys have bailed out.
that's why I said what I didweiwentg
Sep 29, 2002 9:43 AM
how much longer has he got at the top? I'd quit while I was on top. maybe in one or two years?
No, maybe not retire, but a different focusSpunout
Sep 29, 2002 10:29 AM
So he can't beat them all in a sprint. Maybe he should work on TT and mountain work, be a one-day classic specialist. Like Museuw or Jalabert, these guys are sprinters no more.

Zabel is so competitive and always in the mix, I don't think he'll quit because of missing a few sprints. A bike length? It all comes down to the skill of the doctor doing the 'preparing'.
now there's a thought.weiwentg
Sep 29, 2002 5:32 PM
never thought of Museew and Jalabert. Zabel could certainly give the former a run for his money.
I hope that Zabel is a long way from retirementms
Sep 30, 2002 7:59 AM
The thing that I like about Eric Zabel is that he not only likes to win (who doesn't), but he also likes to race and does so consistently. His philosophy is the opposite of Lance Armstrong's Tour de France-focused regimen. I am as proud of Lance as is anyone (and hope he gets his six wins). But, the sport would be a lot less interesting if all of the stronger riders only focused on a few races. Zabel may be descending from the peak of his career, but I think that it will be a long and good descent.
You never know.Sintesi
Sep 30, 2002 8:12 AM
They were saying Zabel wasn't fast enough anymore when he couldn't take a stage in the tour for a couple years, then he cam back the next year and smoked three stages as I recall. I think McEwen had an outstanding year and was finally able to put it together and beat Zabel fair and square. I don't remember McEwen being that good in the past- He always was a chancer but not a dominator. Take McEwen out and Zabel takes the green jersey for the 6th(?) time. So has Zabel really lost a step or has some of his competitors gained a step?

Next year will definitely tell. you know Zabel will be looking to be top level once again.
You never know.atpjunkie
Sep 30, 2002 7:26 PM
I think if he takes the worlds in Zolder he may consider it. I hope he hangs in and rides more, he's a great guy and a total bike nut. he just loves to ride. Competes the entire season and does well (hence the #1 ranking). Last of a dying breed. Hope to catch him training in San Diego this winter (they come here to train sometimes)