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Date Posted: 11:59:26 09/01/04 Wed
Author: perseguidor
Subject: Re: Hondo the new Zabel?
In reply to: Mark 's message, "Re: Hondo the new Zabel?" on 10:32:18 09/01/04 Wed

>I see what you mean, but I think it would be
>extremely unfair towards Zabel to compare him and
>Hondo...
>
>Zabel has one of the most impressive palmareses (is
>that the plural?) of the entire peloton, and is a
>living (riding, heh) legend. Not to mention the lack
>of team support he's gotten from T-mobile in the last
>years. He's one of those riders we will look back on
>in 10-20 years, as one of the greats of our time.
>
>

Also Zabel is at the tail end of his (magnificent) career. We sometimes forget that in his pomp he was much more of a pure, fast sprinter, a match for the best sprinters around and didn't just collect second places . Zabel mid to late 90's is a different kettle of fish to Zabel now.

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