Originally Posted by Ferminal
How much time do you think Purito will lose in a 33km TT to Contador and Froome? He was around 2minutes back in the Giro on Pinotti (who got moto-paced?) over a similar distance so 2-2'30" on those two would seem reasonable.
Its not even about the tts. They are a big reason of course but there's also the fact that the tour de France is less 1k at 15% and more 20k at 6%. Long drags.
He also doesn't have the team contador has.
No bonus seconds - which he relied on in vuelta and giro.
He doesn't have the ability to drop his competitors further than 500m out. How's he supposed to take any time? Make a minute on the ttt (and then somehow hold that through the itts and mountains ?
Originally Posted by Siriuscat
I'm curious, why?? Riders like Contador are there to win above anything else, that means exploiting any weakness...Purito (unfortunately) only has himself and Katyusha to blame.
Before this gets out of hand, rodriguez was the most graceful loser I've ever seen post fuente de heaping massive praise on contador for the attack. He certainly doesn't seem to think he has anything to forgive.