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Pulling for Tommy D at the Vuelta!

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Thread Starter 
 I don't know if any of you guys follow Tom Danielson, but I do. I used to go to races with him when he was a junior. He was good then, but we didn't know how good. He's had a tough few years, and for some reason has become an internet whipping boy. Looks like he has finally found his form again after years of injury and illness. Go Tom!

http://www.velonews.com/article/96574/a-conversation-with-tom-danielson-back-on-track
post #2 of 12
He always seemed like a rider with great promise.  Let's hope his perseverance pays off.
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post

He always seemed like a rider with great promise.  Let's hope his perseverance pays off.

When they rode together on the Discovery Team Lance called him "the great white hope."  Tommy D currently holds the hill climb records on Mt. Evans and Mt. Washington, making him the fastest climber in the USA.  Unfortunately, he seems to be rather fragile physically and mentally.  Lots of sickness and negative head trips, as he admits in the interview.  I hope he has his old form back. He's had a top 5 in the opening TTof the Vuelta, a stage win, and a 5th place overall, so it's definitely his kind of race.  He went to college here in Durango and lived here afterwards for quite a while.  On a good day he climbs like he's on fire.  A lot of people here rooting for him. 
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
 He had not one but two awful parasites at the same time. They went undiagnosed for a long time and he tried to race like that. Then after he got that sorted, he had the crash that took him out again. People can say that he is weak mentally, but if that were true, I think he'd be gone by now. I'm glad Garmin has held on to him. A lot of other teams would probably have dropped the ax.
post #5 of 12
I believe his contract with Garmin is up this year, so his future there (or anywhere else) might depend on his Vuelta performance.
post #6 of 12
Do I hear Team Radio Shack???
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
 Tommy is in 4th. I hope he's feeling good.
post #8 of 12
 Yesterday, Tommy suffered from a stomach bug that has spread through the peloton and support staff at the Vuelta.  The bus driver for Garmin has been ill for a few days, and Tommy was stricken during the stage to Sierra Nevada, losing a lot of time as he couldn't keep food or fluids down - he lost 8+ minutes to the other podium contenders (David Millar was also hit with the same bug).  TD now sits in 9th after the mountain stages.  It's not what he was hoping for, but things happen that are beyond a person's control.
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
 

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/danielson-out-of-vuelta

I hope he can take what is left of his good form and get a result at the Worlds.
post #10 of 12
Bummer.
post #11 of 12
If the dude can't stay healthy he's got no future on the Pro Tour...and I think it's been proven he can't stay healthy....not his fault but it is what it is.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
 Well, the whole team got sick. They only have three riders left. For sure that's been the knock on him though.
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