Originally Posted by movingtarget
For that to happen, Nibali will have to improve his TT and apart from Rogers and Froome missing, Sky will still field a strong team of climbers. I just think if Nibali gains time in the mountains it will have to be big time or he will have to hope that Wiggins does not ride the TTs as well as he did in this year's Tour. Should be interesting and Ryder and Rodriguez have to be thrown into the mix as well. Should be a good contest.
Nibali in my eyes has shown a steady progression in performance over the years with the one blip being his Vuelta performance of 2011. I'm hoping his learning curve (and performance) is still heading upwards. Wiggins on the other hand has just reached his ultimate goal after 2 years of supreme sacrifice. Will he still have the same motivation and willingness to commit to that level of training and prep with his goal accomplished? He's saying that his new goal is to win the other 2 grand tours to cement his place in cycling history as one of the greats.
My point is with the demands upon his time that his recent success will bring I personally don't think we'll see the same rider that tore through virtually every stage race he entered last year. This while Nibali could be still on that upward curve of a maturing grand tour contender.