Originally Posted by William H
One second place at the Vuelta and nothing else wasn't really enough to say that he was too good to be a domestique for the Tour.
But the second (would have been first at Vuelta- had the team acted on Brads suggestion that he take over as leader)
Combined with his second GC classement at the time of this debate having lost most of that on a mishap demonstrated by the time of the argument he was one of the best grand tour riders of the era.
So I think he Should have been given the nod to claim a couple of stages and also make sure he stayed clear of Nibali and Cadel. If the gap to Bradley had closed significantly then he could have held back.
The deal they did with Cav demonstrates that they are being to greedy with taking riders they cannot support enough.
It will be interesting to see the final outcome on who in the end Sky backs for tour 2013,
Froomey certainly deserves his shot, although I suspect Bradley took advantage of a (relatively) weak field this year. Next year will be harder with Berty (if tinkoff are allowed to compete) and the clear potential of some of the newcomers. Froomey may never get another chance, or regain the fitness he had for the last 12 months.
If Froomey gets better which he still may, he could become unbeatable.