I disagree. Valverde looked to be giving it a serious try all the way. Nibali obviously took it easy when he was dropped (just like on Pra-Loup). He is on a schedule, and Slongo does not want him to go above his limit. They still have moto-training to do, mind you.
and is it really sign of anythink? If he can do better or not does not matter now at all do you think he lost his top form from year to another, maybe it is you wild wish but that is all
do you remember 2012 Dauhpine? He lost hlaf an hour to sky ridersand few weeks later he was had no problems in mountains with them
yesterday he attacked, he did lot of work, tried to won stage, did not work, today was more tired, why to go deep, he is not froome, he will not risk his TDF chances because such a 2nd tier race how dauphine is
Re: 2015 Dauphiné, stage 7: Montmélian > Saint-G Mont Blanc
Nibs,no surprise whatsoever, He said yesterday this is not the yellow Jersey he wants. All going to plan like last year.
IMO there was a lot of tired riders out there. I was surprised considering there position that Martin or Talansky did not go for one , I think that is a pointer to how tough yesterday was. Yates and Bardet struggled.
Sky Train as usual zzzzzzzz But a great ride from Froome " egg faced git wizard" He looked much better today and it bolds well for a showdown with TJ tomorrow. I thought TJ rode smart at the end. He was not as strong as previous days and made the smart decision...
Should be good tomorrow and I think we will see some attacking racing and riders going for serious time.
TJ and Froome will need to be on their toes.....
That said, I even expected Costa to be worse. Statistically, in these 1 week races, by this time of the year, the stages he performs best are the antepenult and last. Hopefull he will be better tomorrow.
1) Kirby - often the reason I prefer non English streams for most races. Even a language I can barely understand is better than listening to Kirby hysteria.
2) Millar - sounds like you're listening to a voice from inside the peloton. I'm not Millar's greatest fan in many ways, but very good insight and analysis on commentary and post race. A real coup for ITV I think, who's cycling coverage just gets better with every passing season IMHO.