Originally Posted by webvan
Like on Peyragudes?
Like La Toussuire where Pinot, VdB and Nibali tried something together and when Froome couldn't/declined
to pace, he was losing 20 seconds in a half km.
Or when Froome attacked latter the group split in three, with Froome in front, Pinot, Nibali and VdB in the middle and Wiggo dropped.
Peyragudes was at the end of Tdf, so could be a matter of recovery/stamina
In Italy Nibali will have 8 on form guys behind him and Astana hasn't got bad riders. Not the the band he had at Liquigas with the best helpers doing the Giro, an off form Basso and Sagan not caring Nibali's goals (And I think was correct to give Sagan the green light)
A likely scenario is Wiggo taking 2-3 minutes at the long TT and defending the most of stages. And sometimes riding the Tour against a french, Vuelta against a spaniard or Giro against an italian can trigger the local riders helping a little bit the local hope. That has happened many times and it's one of the beauties of cycling to me.