Originally Posted by Ferminal
The characteristics of Etna make it very well suited to a group of riders working together. Any team with 4 of the strongest 10-15 riders would not allow anyone to gain a minute off the front of the bunch. When it came down to it Froome and Wiggins working together even if individually not as strong as Contador would be better than Contador dragging the little guy along.
As far as I remember he could have won nearly every mountain stage during the 2011 Giro. Zoncolan aside.
My original point was that AC disposed of Nibali with great ease, while Wiggins and Froome could only put 19 seconds into him ( TT's aside). I do take the point however that Froome may have had more in the tank.
That said, if Froome had been given a free pass and had gone crazy in the mountains then there is no guarantee that he would have had as much left for the TT's.
Less than six months to find out