Squire wrote:Hugo Koblet wrote:The parcours would be perfect for a Kwiatkowski in any kind of shape but it doesn't seem like he's got any at the moment. In fact it's a very lackluster field this year, but that makes the GC wide open. I'd expect Roglic, Castroviejo, Sanchez, Cummings and Tony Martin to fight it out with Moscon and Gallopin as dark horses.
There are also a lot of others who have a decent chance to top 5. Astana have several decent riders with a good TT in addition to Sanchez. The locals will be there or thereabouts with Antunes, Brandao and Machado if he has any form. Spilak is there if it rains, and Benoot can perform in this field. It's also a good chance for the young guns to get a good result: Mas, Guerreiro, Roson, Foliforov, Reyes, and especially Geoghegan Hart.
Actually, it's more interesting than if Contador or Porte just showed up and bossed everyone.
I have serious doubts about Brandão. I think he won't perform. It's all about the Volta a Portugal.
Machado was hit by a car a few days ago, but I think he's fine. He has been under performing in every race for the last couple of years, I already lost my hope in him.