Well, if this mountainous route become reality and with all the big guns or prospects of pervious Vuelta editions either peaking for the Tour or likely to be super domestiques at France (Quintana, Uran etc) this could be the famous return of "Il Picolo Principe" as a grand tour challenger couldn't it?
Do anybody now what's Cunego planned shedule for next year and if he's peaking for the Vuelta? I mean c'mmon Lampre would be silly to not send him there, this is maybe the most suited parcours to him since the Giro 2004. But maybe Lampre will just waste their time with Scarponi at il Giro again.
Otherwise. If we really got a parcours with all these ramps just in the end. Is there anybody who see's a realistic chance that Big Phil is trying to do a Di Luca? He mentioned before that he won't go to Itally or France after the spring so who knows. Still Gilbert winning a Grand Tour might be pretty unrealistic, but hell .... so did Laurent Jalabert, so did Sean Kelly. Wasn't Big Phil not even a future gt prospect when he started with fdjeux 10 years ago? So he should have this still inside elsewhere!
(Yeah I know this is some heavy speculation