The Price LIst for the 2014 FSA-DS is coming along nicely, thank you very much. I figured you were starting to wonder about it and what foul atrocities might occur to your favorite riders and let me say now: Hahahahahahahaha! Anyways, here's an interesting comparison that I've looked at from several sides now: who will have a better 2014: J-Rod or Rui Costa?
Last year Purito scored 760 more points than Costa. And-wait a sec-why doesn't Costa have a nickname? And why does he have the same name as his former S L Benfica clubmate, Rui Costa aka The Maestro? And did you know that Benfica's shield (look again at the linky to the team) has two sports on it: a soccer ball in front of a bike wheel?
Sorry for the tangent there. Yeah last year J-Rod was 760 points better, 2520-1760. Will it be any different in 2014?
Why Rodriguez will outscore Costa.
Hey-J-Rod's money. Last four years his VDS point totals have been (from 2010) 2000, 2334, 3837, and 2520. In terms of rider ranking those totals were 4th, 3rd, 1st, and 5th and nowhere was Rui Costa higher ranked or even close to J-Rod's totals. And for 2014 he's riding the same program he did when he scored that 3837 total.
Why he won't.
Guy will turn 35 years old next May. I figure that to beat Costa, he'll have to score north of 2000 points again. Sounds very doable for Purito except no one has ever done that before. Cadel was the closest I suppose in that he scored 1823 when he was 34. 35 Cadel though scored just 825. Going back to 2008, here's the highest VDS scores (1000+ points) of riders 35 or more:
- Horner 2013, age: 40something scored 1440
- Vino 2010, age 37 scored 1482
- Petacchi 2010, age 36 scored 1042
- Leipheimer 2008, age 35, scored 1520