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View Poll Results: Who will win the 2013 Tour
Alberto Contador 61 63.54%
Cristopher Froome 25 26.04%
Andy Schleck 6 6.25%
Vincenzo Nibali 2 2.08%
Cadel Evans / Teehay Van Garderen 2 2.08%
Ryder Hesjedal 1 1.04%
Alejandro Valverde / Juan Jose Cobo 1 1.04%
Other (specify) 1 1.04%
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on la toussuire he struggled to follow Wiggins initially after Nibali attacked for a second time
That is just what happens with Froome (from what we've seen so far) and is the biggest question mark moving forward. He is far from consistent, starts slow - like a more erratic version of Sastre. A Vuelta and the 2012 Tour were not the greatest indicators of his limits climbing mountains on harder days.

Can he handle the length of the Ventoux stage, the constant efforts on the way to Le Grand-Bornand? Plus there's no high altitudes in the Tour. If he's going to falter, that's where it will happen. But for all we know it might become his greatest strength.

Otherwise, single climb, short stage - he is clearly in the top3.

To say that he will get smashed on the climbs is to say that Verbier Bertie or Zoncolan Andy will reappear to torment the Tour, no one can guarantee that.
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Airstream is supporting Froome now is it just to troll (since you said you dont know what a troll is) is it just to argue with velascos's fans?
Lol Zaman we will never know I guess.
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Airstream is supporting Froome now is it just to troll (since you said you dont know what a troll is) is it just to argue with velascos's fans?
he's trying to make people hate froome like he did with andy, although andy didn't need aistream
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What can you retort directly on racing part?
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he's trying to make people hate froome like he did with andy, although andy didn't need aistream
Lol hilarious
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What can you retort directly on racing part?
Contador and Schleck are better climbers. If the route was more balanced I'd give Froome a chance, but it's a climber's course with hardly any flat time trialing. They don't need to go all CERA on him to finish ahead in GC.
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I feel like conservatism prospers inside of most of you...

Andy is a bit lightweight as an universal GT rider because of lack of TT skills. Froome is from Armstrong's pedigree in terms of versality. Great TT, tremendous strength on any hills and stunningly 'light' legs uphill due to the fact that the man works using relatively small gears in order to conserve energy. Surely the matters we are dissecting are highly controversial, but not to look up to Froome so much... It's just astounding.

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I feel like conservatism prospers inside of most of you...

Andy is a bit lightweight as an universal GT rider because of lack of TT skills. Froome is from Armstrong's pedigree in terms of versality. Great TT, tremendous strength on any hills and stunningly 'light' legs uphill due to the fact that the man works using relatively small gears in order to conserve energy. Surely the matters we are dissecting are highly controversial, but not to look up to Froome so much... It's just astounding.
Froome may be versatile, but the route isn't really. TT skills won't matter that much as there is just the one, sub 35 km ITT for the specialists.
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I feel like conservatism prospers inside of most of you...

Andy is a bit lightweight as an universal GT rider because of lack of TT skills. Froome is from Armstrong's pedigree in terms of versality. Great TT, tremendous strength on any hills and stunningly 'light' legs uphill due to the fact that the man works using relatively small gears in order to conserve energy. Surely the matters we are dissecting are highly controversial, but not to look up to Froome so much... It's just astounding.
I'm rating him highly, just not as highly as you. For some reason that seriously bothers you as if me not sharing your opinion can't possibly be a rational and intelligent choice to make.
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Froome may be versatile, but the route isn't really. TT skills won't matter that much as there is just the one, sub 35 km ITT for the specialists.
Probably not a lot between Froome and Contador for the TTs anyway, I'd almost lean Contador. Could still decide it though as you never know how the mountains will be ridden.
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