Originally Posted by theyoungest
Saxo were better on paper this season as well. However, in the actual races they simply sucked. And to solve that problem they signed some riders who are great on paper, but also sucked (Breschel, Bennati, Kreuziger). For next year I'd definitely expect more in the classics from Degenkolb than Breschel/Bennati.
That leaves a choice between one of the best stage racing teams (built around Contador) vs. one of the best sprinting teams (built around Kittel/Degenkolb). It's a cr.pshoot.
on paper and on the road saxo were very average last season without contador. the moment he was banned every knew the team had nothing to offer.
breschel is a risk because he gets injured a lot but if he reaches his 2010 form he would be an outside bet for the ronde and MSR, and let's not pretend like degenkolb didn't finish 63rd 15 minutes down in roubaix this year so him performing at top level on the cobbles is far from a guaranteed situation.
kreuziger's season wasn't crap. . . . it was better then in 2011 CQ wise actually, he just happened to crack so badly at the giro that people only remember that from his season. he hasn't been the same rider as he was a couple seasons ago for a while now but he is still caplable to get a good results on 1 week races and GT's.
bennati and zaug were only hired for their points and roche is massively overrated imo so those 3 will only be domestiques, but a guy like majka is a very interesting talent.
and then ofc we can't forget contador who will very likely win one or two (or more) 1 week races and a GT, so even tho his points don't count, the fact that he is there racing still matters.