offbyone wrote:My bad, I was thinking of the other stage. If my memory serves Froome was trying to move into second place. But really if you look at it from a tactical point of view it puts pressure on everyone else to ride and wiggins should have been able to suck some wheels as a result.
Nevertheless, I get that Wiggins was annoyed at this. But it should not be that big of a deal. His teammate is feeling good. There is only a couple kilometers of racing to go. So it doesn't affect Wiggo at that point in the race, why not encourage his teammate to have a good result?
Plus we have to put this in perspective. Didn't Wiggins have minutes on froome at that point? So why not let froome have a go?
We all know the answer. Wiggins is incredible insecure and a mentally weak.
Who says Wiggins was annoyed? I think that is just an assumption. I also didn't see him attacking his team leader. It's all about how you interpret what you see.
The two incidents I remember was Froome attacking, but unfortunately bringing Nibali with him and leaving Wiggins behind. Perhaps Wiggins thought he would be OK, and didn't mind. But Yates was very conservative and called Froome back.
The second incident that got people riled up was the last mountain stage, with Froome bouncing around trying to coach Wiggins to keep going. It didn't look good, but thats just Froome doing his best to keep his team leader focused.
You saw that this year in the Dauphine with Froome trying to pull Porte along. Froome was trying to coach Porte to keep up. It looked a little better than with Wiggins. But likely Froome has improved in this area too.
And I don't believe Froome could have beaten Wiggins last year. Wiggins was too much better on the ITT.