super-super strong. very important to le tour this test even if he will lose time on the other mtf's. he survived big time
Agreed. At first I was very disappointed but he managed to follow Froome (be it on the verge of cracking). I he can hang on at the TDF everything is possible.Afrank said:Very nice riding by him today. Froome was giving it his all multiple times but couldn't drop him. May not have beat him in the sprint, but hanging with him like he did is a big improvement in relation to how he did last year.
Nah in the Tout AC needs to drop CF, not the other way around, but the Tour mountain is still a few weeks away, so plenty time to further improveAfrank said:Very nice riding by him today. Froome was giving it his all multiple times but couldn't drop him. May not have beat him in the sprint, but hanging with him like he did is a big improvement in relation to how he did last year.
Well the other way around is Froome dropping Contador, and that didn't happen.maxmartin said:Nah in the Tout AC needs to drop CF, not the other way around, but the Tour mountain is still a few weeks away, so plenty time to further improve
Indeed, as long as he can make Froome nervous by not dropping he has a chance. Froome is bound to do stupid things if he can't just go ahead and drop everybody. He has zero understanding of tacticsPentacycle said:Alberto must have had some good sensations to be able to follow Froome today, but he was never going to win this stage. Let's see how their duel will end, I'm convinced Contador has more freshness. This year he will keep his promises of attacking Froome, but we might have to wait until the Tour, the third week even.
LaFlorecita said:Would have liked to see him attack but this was the smart thing to do imo.
I for once didn't believe that contador would attack on today's stage. And I agree he did the smart thing here. I think, he probably tried to gauge froome's strength on the first mountain and compares to his. Brushes off some rustiness. On the other hand, Froome seemed to me, looked so desperate to drop Contador and tried to decimate the field like last year. But it didn't happen, because Contador glued to his wheel. Contador seemed to be on the rivet too when they got to the line and maybe that's why he couldn't sprint pass Froome? All in all, it was a smart ride by contador. Last year with that kind of attack, Froome would already been soloed to the finish line. Good news is Contador showed that his early season form is no flukeDekker_Tifosi said:Too passive to like it. But he saves his attacks for the TDF
well.. that's a good luck there. if he ended up has to stop, Froome probably thought he had crushed Contador. Considering he got mechanical too, and still hang well, makes it even more interesting for the weekend.Red Rick said: