As I said before... Lance tried to go with Contador on Verbier and flat couldn't do it. He used all his energy, redlined and was passed by many others.Big GMaC said:above Lance:
But on every other climb last year, Lance finished with or ahead of every rider aside from Contador and the Schlecks. On Ventoux he dropped Pelizotti, Nibali, Sastre, and Evans from your list. On Grand Bornand he dropped everyone other then the Schlecks, AC and Nibali. Nibali and Pelizotti were dropped by Lance's group on Arcalis early in the tour.
Now Pellizotti wasn't trying for the overall... but he won't be next year either so I'm not sure it matters. The point is you put guys ahead of Lance seemingly just because of Verbier... but 2 stages later after losing a minute to Sastre on Verbier... Lance puts 5 minutes into Sastre on Grand Bornand... and destroyed Evans by 27 minutes.
I know people don't like Lance... and I agree that he can't beat Contador or Andy Schleck and could only beat Frank due to time trials... but I simply don't see anyone else from last year's tour who outperformed him overall in the climbs.
Could Gesink, and in-shape Menchov, Valverde or Basso? Perhaps. But putting guys who were clearly outclimbed by Lance last year doesn't make a whole lot of sense.