Jspear said:Contador says that CF's attack on the 2nd stage of the CD was stronger than his attack on Mount Ventoux. Contador says it gives him something to respect but not fear.
Cimber said:1: Froome
I hope I am wrong and Bertie wins it, and it seems to be a really close call between Dawg and Bertie, but I see Dawg as the favorite (albeit by a small margin). yes, Contador whipped him in DL, but that was after the crash. Before the crash Froome seemed slightly stronger. But a lot can change between DL and the Tour. Crossing my fingers for Bertie though. And crossing my fingers that both will avoid any crashes and that both will not suffer from mechanicals on stage 5.
Red Rick said:Well obviously, when you're not at your limit and the guy you're trying to drop is not at his limit, you're gonna have to dig way harder than when Porte just dropped everyone for you and all you have is a dying Contador in your wheel
hahaha this is goooodhayzer114 said:There is little doubt that Alberto and Froome are the two strongest riders in the race a lot has been made of Nibali's current lack of Froome in the build up to the race. While I would agree that Nibali's season has been patchy he showed at the weekend at the Nationals that he was coming back to some form. The closer we get to the start on friday the more I think he could have a greater say in the race than at first expected. My theory is based on the strenght of the respective Tinkoff, Sky and Astana teams. Firstly looking at Tinkoff, I feel Kreuziger is a huge loss even though his season hasnt been as strong as last years and they are going in with three climbers who are coming off the back of the Giro although it appears that Nicolas Roche is coming into good form so I would think that he would step up into Kreuziger's place and be last man while Majka will probably ride himself into form as the race goes on. As for Sky I think apart from Nieve and Porte there is a lot of similar guys, in comparison to the two previous teams I think it is their weakest but in saying that Froome at times that he doesnt need a team around him. Now onto Astana, as i have aformentioned Nibali has been off form to an extent this year but looking at their team (i dont think it has been confirmed just yet) but it looks extremely strong in Fuglsang, Scarponi, Westra and Kangert he has good help in the mountains with Westra showing solid form in the Dauphine. While I think Nibali is maybe a level behind both Froome and Contador in terms of explosiveness the strength of his team could well prove decisive.
1: Contador 2: Froome 3: Contador 4: Valverde 5: Talansky