ergmonkey wrote:I think Kreuziger needs one solid year of learning, adjusting, and getting stronger while acting in the position of team leader in a GT.
A great season, in my opinion, would be a stage win or two along the way to a GT top-5--and preferably a Giro podium.
From there, he and his supporting cast could build with confidence towards a potential GT win the following year. After so much time riding with both the reduced pressure and the constrained opportunities of being third or fourth or fifth man at Liquigas, Kreuziger might need a transition year.
Long term, I'd much rather see him winning GTs than baby Schleck.
Agreed on the preference of Kreuziger winning a GT over Schlecklet.
We have to remember that grand tour success early in a rider's career isn't the norm and lack of grand tour success relatively early isn't a reason to write someone off. Evans, Sastre, Menchov and others in this generation didn't reach their highest placement in the grand tours until their late 20's and early 30's. Kreuziger still has time to gain experience, endurance and strength to put in a position to contend for the overall.