karlboss wrote:He could do it, but needs the team, the parcours, and the plan, and it would be far from certain.
The parcours...i think if Contador hinted he wanted to try all 3 the organisers would probably tempt him.
The team, strong enough that he only needs to make decisive moves at the end of stages and never work for himself in 3 GTs...tough ask. To me that says at least 6 top 10 GC guys on your team willing to sacrifice everything for you. Each of them could be in top form for 1 GT and maybe ok support in another. RSNT might be close to having that.
Then Contador would need to enter the Giro knowing he isn't on top form, rely on his team and take opportunities as they come. I don't think this last is in his character. Armstrong i think had that sort of patience, Contador not so much.
I really want to see him try, it could be a plan for 2014 after he takes the tour vuelta in 2013.
This sounds a bit like his 2008 Giro performance. He rode within himself knowing he wasn't in top form and even won while nursing an injured/broken wrist for much of the 3 weeks. I think he's gotten much more disciplined in his racing over the course of his career. If he goes into each event with a particular strategy in mind dedicated to winning with the least amount of unnecessary exertion I believe he would have the focus to stick to that pre determined game plan.
Edit: The 3 grand tours in one year is close to impossible. Firstly I doubt he would want to subject himself to such abuse, mentally and physically and secondly for it to even happen ideal circumstance would have to all fall into place that are so difficult to comprehend them actually occurring all in the same year would be a miracle of luck, all three events gearing their parcours to accomodate this monumental effort and IMO most importantly, Contador's continued willingness to continue after winning the Giro and the Tour inspite of the inevitable mental and physical fatigue. Not to mention the monster of the media attention that would be demanding his time.