Yeah I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder but everyone here should be happy that we no longer have to watch and think "this is not normal"...funny to think that the man who really blew that out of proportions had the same comments about others!
As much as anything else, computers on board of DS cars and two ways radios have contributed to size up the strengh of an attack by feeding information to the chase that tells them most precisely what is happening in front and what they have to do to attempt catching the riders who escaped. There was some epic about some of the attacks of the past because the outcome was not so predictable. I miss that , so of course , when somebody tries, I love it
I mean this is just the Tour of Oman huh? A preparation race right?
Pfff well on the green mountain we watched Nibali, Evans, Purito, Froome and Contador fight eachother for the win. I mean that was just amazing stuff by 3 GT winners and 2 guys that ended 2nd in an GT. Just top notch stuff and was really good to watch.
Than the next day Alberto can't help himself on a hilly stage and decides to attack for the overall win and we get another great show.
Allthough we can't deny that without Alberto the race probably wouldn't have been as spectaculair since the guy just has to attack until he wears a leader jersey. Love the guy!
Froome got his first stage race victory which is shocking considering how good he has been since the Vuelta of 2011. Congrats to him and now let's hope Froome and Contador both have the perfect build up to the TdF and both stay safe in the first week, if so we are going to enjoy a spectaculair TdF. Right now I think Froome has the edge over Contador.
Contador isn't the the same rider he was in 2007 when he could attack and keep on racing up a mountain with an 'extra' gear. Nowadays, looking at the last Vuelta, despite lack of race miles there he isn't able sustain his attack, but he certainly is able to keep on attacking. Anyways, if both stay healthy we are going to watch a spectaculair TdF.
Evans is looking good again as well, allthough I don't think he can compete with Froome and Contador, but he has a shot at the podium again this year. Starts his season a lot better than last year and looking at the last 2 TdF winners, both had good early seasons with stage race wins so I guess being good early season certainly tells us something.
Today ended with a win from Bouhanni, big talent that showed he can handle tough finales as well.
Conclusion, this ToO almost felt like one of the big 1 week stage races of the year. Spectaculair racing.
You're right; Alberto's wrong. Better call him to tell him that he's wrong.
Jan 17 just before Argentina:
“My expectations are different from last year because the idea is to fine tune and adjust my weight, since I'm a few kilos over,” he said. “But that’s a normal thing right now. It's true that I like to go for it if I have possibilities, I can hardly stop myself if I have good legs. But I'm over my weight and there’s mathematics [power to weight]. There are riders who are better than me to fight for victory.”