To be honest, I'm not sure he is a much better climber then Lance.Publicus said:I'm looking at the ITT in the 2010 Tour de France and I'm just not sure if Sanchez has the motor to pull that off. I've not done a enough research on his past performances in rolling (but not mountainous) time trials of this distance, so there is that caveat. But I do recognize that he is a much better climber than Lance. If that wasn't clear from my original comment, then that was my error.
I'm not saying Lance is better or that they're even... I'm saying there really isn't enough information to say one way or the other for me. There weren't many guys who both rode for the GC in the Tour and the Vuelta... the only one of consequence was Cadel, and he was near the top in the Vuelta and not in contention in the Tour.
Now I'm not saying that means everything... but it shows that a strong performance in the Vuelta doesn't necessarily mean you are capable of a strong performance against the riders in the Tour. The Vuelta is an easier race... I mean Tom Danielson (not an elite climber) was in the top 10 with a lung infection before being forced to withdraw. You can't convince me that Danielson in his most peak condition would finish top 25 at the Tour.