HopefullyCarols said:LaFlorecita said:
He will Win one of those!!!!
LaFlorecita said:As you say, I don't think he's a tactical mastermind. He just has big balls and tries tactics that others don't dare to try.Red Rick said:I think Contador's relentless agression is often mistaken for tactical accumen. But then sometimes he finds the spot where nobody expects it, and he decides the outcome of a Grand Tour.
chuuurles said:oh well, i know who the strongest rider was today.
Yeah. Tactical mistake by Trek not to send anyone. It would likely have changed the outcome in the end. But I'm just not sure anyone (except for Pantano) could really have made it to the break today. The rest of the team has not been looking too good in the mouintains.Scarponi said:A rider in the break, anyone would have been perfect
LaFlorecita said:It's been obvious to me for a while that Berto needs things to go his way to win the Tour. Quintana racing the Giro prior to the Tour is a start. Berto needs to be lucky with Froome slightly off his best form or crashing (not saying I want him to crash). Berto has to avoid crashing and stupid time loss and stay as close to Froome as possible, waiting for a moment of weakness. If he can somehow work over Froome anything is possible. I wouldn't immediately rate Berto below Porte, Bardet, Chaves and a tired Quintana. He could definitely beat all of them if he encounters no issues.
As has been said above he needs to measure his efforts more. Of course we'd all like him to stick to Froome and Porte's wheel on the first MTF but it's not realistic. He can't afford to lose minutes on the first MTF again. Pacing himself he can limit his losses but I'm not sure he'll be able to change his attitude, he's a true racer. So I guess we'll see one or two spectacular implosions from him in July hopefully they'll happen with the finish inside so the damage will be minimal
What I'm trying to say is, he isn't without chance. Only Froome is without a doubt stronger than him, so he needs to race smartly, bide his time and hope for the best.
Red Rick said:I like how everyone's always praising his attacking spirit only to try and chase him back for no apparent reason at all.
Carols said:F***, F***, F***. 2 seconds But what a show! I'm glad he still has the panache, bravery and stamina to go from 52km+ out to try to take it all. This is why he'll always be remembered in the annuals of the sport as a great champion while Henao winning one PN will be soon forgotten.