Carlos Barredo is 4th overall at the Criterium Dauphine. He beat Tony Martin and Cadel Evans on a flat prologue. Shocking! Did he change his training? New hairstyle? Girlfriend or broke up with girlfriend? Diet or the new orange and blue kit is giving him a new motivation? Whatever it is Carlos, it is working well for you.
I still can’t believe it…
The first time I saw this Spaniard was at the 2005 Paris Roubaix. Barredo rode with Liberty Seguros that year. Just turned 2 years as a pro. Got a chance to ride with Liberty Seguros team on their rest day going about 20 mph. The team were mostly Spaniards and most spoke no English. Barredo was quite chatty and smiled a lot. No clue what he was telling me but at that time, I didn’t know he was Carlos Barredo. I was more concerned about hanging in at 20 mph and not getting dropped by the skinny Spaniards who I really wondered why even bother racing Paris Roubaix. The cobbles will toss them around like rag dolls. Barredo made the break in the 2005 Paris Roubaix despite having a stomach bug and threw up all night. It shows how tenacious this guy is. He really had a good year in 2005. That year is when I got to know Carlos, when he made the 8 man break and fought hard to stay with Boonen’s lead group after getting caught.
Getting in the break is monumental in any bike race even if it fails. Hot.
It wasn’t that great when he went to Quick Step after 2005.
So now, he is back and looks like he is going to have a good season based on his results in the Dauphine.
An all arounder that prefers hills but not a time trialer or prologue specialist – not anymore. Although, he does really well in the classics. Getting 4th at the Dauphine is really good result for him.
Remember that famous front wheel fight Barredo had with Costa at the 2010 Tour de France? Yeah, that Quick Step guy is Barredo. He is a tough you know what.
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