Libertine Seguros wrote:Just like Evans' Worlds attack (which to be fair was preceded with the Col de la Madeleine in the Dauphiné, but the sulking non-attacking Evans had a final hurrah in the Vuelta), Andy has reaped the rewards of finally not thinking too much and instead DOING.
He's shut up a lot of doubters, and impressed many. For a long time we've been saying the Schlecks need to do a conventional 1-2, not these strange tandem attacks they seem to want. It worked perfectly. Who wants to drag Fränk all the way up the climb?
Even if Andy bonks tomorrow or in the TT and loses the Tour, he's already changed a lot of opinions. He's already turned things around. If he loses from here, then oh well. If he had sat on and fooled around like he did on Plateau de Beille again, he'd have lost the Tour, and he'd have lost it because of his timidness. If he loses it from here, he lost it despite his best efforts and heroism.
It's always better to win, don't get me wrong. But if you have to lose, it's better to lose because of what you HAVE done than what you HAVEN'T done.
A great ride today, and win lose or draw the Tour from here, he can hold his head up high.
I completely agree - if Andy doesn't win now, at least he *tried*, and that means alot.
If he does win, he actually *earned* it - at least in my book. So, a good day for him