Pentacycle wrote:He didn't climb very well in that TdS TT as well, and if you think his climbing was bad in 2011 when his TT improved, you need to rewatch the final of the Dauphine queen stage that year. Gesink was arguably the best climber of the Tour favourites there despite still not being in super shape, and he was still just testing his form with several attacks. Tour winners Evans and Wiggins lost 38 and 23 seconds on him, if he hadn't crashed he could have done a good Tour. But that's just part of being a complete rider.
I don't see him do well in the Giro either, although the course suits him very well with the flat TT. He'll lose much time in the big mountain stages and hills.
Now your contradicting yourself. You say that he is was the best climber in the Dauphine (better than Evans and Wiggins) but now you say he will loose much time in the big mountains statges and hills.
If you remember closely in that Dauphine he chose to be at the back of the peleton during the whole of the Dauphine except for 2 stages, where he indeed was strong (second strongerst behind Rodriguez).
In the Tour de Suisse, Gesink wasn't the strongest on the climbs but not bad either (4th or 5th best climber).
About the upcoming Giro, who will be the better climber over Gesink at top shape? Who will be the better time trialer (only Wiggins I think).
Gesink just needs to show he potential which he has shown in the past (just not consistently due to circomstances as I mentioned earlier):)