Originally Posted by cineteq
Uh oh, I think you're in trouble, you're going to get grilled alive for saying this.
Sarcasm? Which team had comparable to sky resource and could damage Wiggins?? There was no any team.
Originally Posted by Angliru
You answered your own question. Instead of riding at mid-pack because Riis knew he had to save his team for the mountainous stages and for later in the Tour, a strong team would have had Contador closer to the front and protected, likely avoiding the multiple crashes that he experienced and the exhausting chases to regain contact with the peloton that ensued as a result.
Maybe he would've had a bit more in the tank to hang on on the Galibier stage and if he still felt the urge had just that bit more in his legs to actually win on Alpe d'Huez.
Not, I wouldn't have asked if that had been so simple. Save who and for what? Save overly weak Navarro and Hernandez for the climbs? It is not their work in principle to defend from the case of Karpets. Tozatto or Noval had to be next to. It was a standart team ack of coordination. Such misfortune could easily happen no matter how strong the team is. Team can not protect its rider in any situation. It is impossible. As for crash on the 1st stage, I don't know what team a rider should have so they pull back a leader into the peloton, when fresh peloton goes full blast at 60 km/h. It is just unluck. Again we are saying about protection on flat. Neither Kreuziger nor Rogers will do this job.
To me, those crashes were rather signs of fatigue and lack of concentration than weak team. Though, no one compares Noval and Tozatto with Voigt, Cancellara and say Hincapie as flat domestiques. First 2 are considerably weaker.