Originally Posted by Red Rick
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.