SiAp1984 wrote:I agree with the first sentences. Froome obviously has the potential to win the Tour and he shows signs that he is stronger than AC on the climbs and in the TT. But it is not fixed as long as he’s not standing on the podium in Paris, clad in yellow. However anyone with his record of this spring would be considered to be the outright favourite in the Tour. AC on the other hand did not show any signs of his old form (remeber there were times when he - ridiculously - won virtually every race he entered). Not encouraging for him. This adds to a trend, because in the 2011 Tour, a bunch of guys was stronger than him, last years Vuelta was only won against guys like Valverde and Rodriguez (and a very tired Froome) without being impressive. His overrated performance in Italy 2011 was against a field of guys who were either out of form or not even nesr to a top performance in a Tour. This leads to the finding that a victory of AC in France would be - a possible and realistic - surprise.
The rest of the quote seems funny to me - AC usually never accepts that he has been beaten by guys who were simply stronger than him. He alsways comes up with some lame excuse... One more reason among plenty others why he cannot be considered to be a Champion.
Very agree with this.
But anyway in fact he is admited sometimes that there are people stronger with his excuses. After to be supposed to be with flu, he was in a similar shape than before and Dauphiné.
He had to recover a lot of money, he is going to try to be considered the best contender for a GT, he is now living in Suisse becouse our high tax in Spain, if he hail in the Tour, he will have his excuse, or... he will repeat again: I didnt have my best legs this days? Who knows.
In my opinion, he will say a day he had a bad day, and he will try something as in Telegraphe, so that way he will be still a hero, something similar what happened in Tour 2011. Or maybe he leave the Tour with some excuse, or maybe he try to do podium and say this year he could not find his best legs ever, we will see...
Alberto in a similar shape as Froome and winning... it is possible, but for me would be a surprise as well.
The team is strong: Rogers, Kreuziger an Roche are ready, they are one of the strongest teams in the mountains if people as CA Sorensen or Paulinho are in his best shape as well.
Was he training in Dauphiné? for sure.., he will be stronger in the TdF, it has been always like that with him, but other years he was in the podium.