airstream said:However it was partially simplified with the fact that Contador had a fight against parcours rather than riders on the road. Very tight contention on an easier parcours demands more effort than riding on tough course with huge advantage. What do you think on that?
Tougher resistance on easier cource may require a bigger effort? Or you don't see options for tougher resistance?
I think it is what you make of it. Every GT is about the difficulty of the course and the talent of the riders who line up. It's not always a tough course and best riders. Wiggins is being celebrated by many as a GT rider on par with Contador because he won on what I consider a weak TDF course, against what I consider a weak field. I don't begrudge them that. I just disagree with their assessment of Wiggins' talent (I'm not dismissing him as a threat. I want to see him perform on a more challenging course, against more talented riders).
So I do grasp your point. My point about the 2011 course was the physical toll it took on him in the run into the 2011 Tour. His team was battered from the Giro and then he suffered crash after crash which put him into a rather deep hole. Given the talent on Saxo Bank now, they should be able to field two GT squads to provide him with a fresh team for both GTs if he so chooses to ride. I don't think Wiggins gives him any more of a test on that parcours than Nibbles et al did in 2011, save the one long TT. The question, in my mind, assuming he wins the Giro, will he have enough time to recover for the Tour. Given the last week of the Giro and the first week of the Tour (I believe there are a couple of mountain stages (I could be wrong)), I have my doubts.