What's so surprising ? It's been a while since Contador was top mountain goat. Valverde had extra motivation in this race after the TTT and he has to be in form for the upcoming classics so he would be expected to be ahead of Contador at this stage anyway.Jelantik said:Seeing how Valverde was pedalling, Contador looked really spent. He seemed to be on his limit. It can't be the age thing, considering Valverde is older than Contador. I'm a bit disappointed, compare to Froome who just started his first race in Europe (as oppose to Contador), his form is still below Froome. I don't know how much he can improve, to be quiet honest. He typically has a good from on his first season. His last race will be Paisco before he takes holiday.
I wonder when he said his number his high, how high is the upper threshold that he can hold for longer time? I watched Froome reeled him by spinning his leg, he must already pass his threshold and stay there for long time, to still manage to have a kick.