Originally Posted by Leendert82
In Oman the opposition was not that high I must agree, but the opposition in California was not bad.
Nibali, Roche, Velits were on a training ride. Zabriskie... I can't remember ever having seen him on a climb in Europe, have you? Leipheimer had just broken his leg. Horner did a crap TT and was on the attack for the entire Baldy stage.
That leaves Danielson and Van Garderen. The latter is in trouble every time the gradient rises above 7%.
It was a nice race, and good to see Gesink back to his winning ways, but in the grand scheme of things it had little meaning. A few weeks later in Suisse even Leipheimer was already climbing better than Gesink.
Originally Posted by Ryo Hazuki
duarte was in bad shape, yes in good shape he would've won easily. look at last years trentino. also leipheimer was in very bad shape. horner wasn;'t great either
Whatever. Duarte is rarely in good shape. The fact is the other Colombian guy, whatshisname, should have won that stage. He could rest on Gesink's wheel and he was still outsprinted. Twice.