Originally Posted by Parrulo
didn't jens link us a few weeks ago to a blog with ascent times and watts calculations that said purito was riding like 0.3 w/Kg higher then he was at the giro?
yeah but the Vuelta stages were mostly 1 climb where as the Giro stages were longer and harder so its hard to compare.
My own suspicion though is that Purito, who struggled with the 2011 Giro, would have been slightly more on it at his home race.
As a defensive rider, following Contador attacking 8k out on stages was more likely to bring the absolute best out of Purito. As a Punchy rider the more explosive stages of the Vuelta suited him more as did the home support and the heat.
Also worth remembering that in his Giro prep Purito was already flying at Vuelta a Pais Vasco and then Fleche Wallone, in April.
In his Vuelta prep though he didnt even contest his beloved Vuelta a Burgos in order to make sure that peak form hit at exactly the right place.
So would Hejsedal have been able to follow the 3 spaniards at the Vuelta. I dont know. My suspicion is that he would have done better than recovering Gesink and tired Froome but still been a little bit behind the 3 caballeros.