As was said further up the thread; he'd try in the same way that Aru tried. Except he would have then been put out the back. Bardet, Aru and Valverde all tried, but Poels chased them all down easily while swigging on a can of coke.perico said:This * 1000Galic Ho said:DFA123 said:They did try. They sent Valverde on an attack. Presumably they told him, rather than just going all in and burning himself out, to ride just above his threshold, at the kind of pace that Quintana could sustain for the remainder of the climb. Once they saw Poels easily reel it in and Froome looking comfortable, they realised that it was hopeless Quintana trying to attack and that he'd likely end up losing time.
Intent and aggression is irrelevant if one rider and his team are putting out significantly more watts than everyone else.
Oh how this race needed Alberto Contador. He'd try.