Siriuscat wrote:He's missing that last few percent of form that takes him to the next level....he has a few weeks to find it
What strikes me is the way he's seemed to miss those few procent all year. Every rider prepares for goals in different ways, sure, but it is striking that Contador seems to have almost the same racing schedule as he did before his ban (which makes me conclude that his training schedule is also largely similar), and yet seems to lack strength in almost every race compared to past efforts. In the past he was always, almost without exception, a force to be reckoned with no matter the race, and this year he's beeing left in the dust by riders who are by no means considered major contenders for the Tour. This, of course, wasn't the case in yesterdays stage.
He has always prepared for a specific goal, and in a rather focused way, whether it was the Giro or Tour de France, but he has never been one to pass on quite a few victories during his preparations. It's not that he hasn't tried to snatch a few during this season, but he's been thoroughly unable to bring it home.
All questions will be answered in a good months time in any case, which I'm looking very much forward to. But if we take this season into consideration as an indicator of what will happen in July, then the famous few procent that Contador is missing isn't a question of building up form, but a general decrease in ability since his ban, as it would be fair to suspect that Contador isn't the only favorite for the tour that hasn't peaked yet...