maltiv wrote:Sky's lineup for TDU: EBH, Sutton, G, Hayman, Eisel, Rowe, Stannard.
I'm very surprised EBH is going, after Beijing he said that he'd start the 2013 season later since he had as long a season as one can have in 2012 (start in TDU, end in Beijing). I don't know if he's changed his mind or if he's being "forced".
I really think he should have started in Qatar or Oman instead. Not only are they better preparation for the classics, but they'd also bring more opportunities to get victories. In TDU there are lots of Australians who for some reason peak for the TDU (only to get the rest of the season ruined - see Matthews every year) so it's hard for foreigners to do much.
No chance in hell that he can compete with Boonen and Cancellara on the long cobbles this coming spring.
An early form would give him a peak that could help him win races like omloop and M-SR; obtainable victories at this point of his career.