- Mar 19, 2009
Evans needed 20-30 more watts at threshold for either the final TT or the Alp. If he had this he would have easily won the Tour.
I vote for the TT. Tactics beat him on the Alpe, not his power output. On the Alpe d'Huez Cadel had to cover both Frank Schleck and Sastre as both were his most direct threats. Both do not light the TT world on fire, so Frank was the natural choice to cover because he was only 1 second behind him on the GC. He had to pick one and he picked Frank hoping that he could limit his losses to Sastre because Sastre was further behind on the GC than Frank. Hindsight is 20/20 and we armchair experts can criticise as much as we like, but Cadel and the other GC contenders have more talent in their little finger than the vast majority of us and I believe they all made the best tactical decisions available to them in the heat of a very intense battle. Remember it was not only Cadel that was beaten by SaxoBank tactics, but also Menchov, Vande Velde, Valverde, Kohl, Efimkin, etc. Did they all make the same mistake? Doubtful. They were all one against three, and they all could not cover both Frank and Sastre. They all made the most rational decision and, once this decision was made, the Schleck brothers did a fantastic job of breaking the rhythm of the chasing group and spoiling any challengers to Sastre.BigBoat said:Evans needed 20-30 more watts at threshold for either the final TT or the Alp.
Allright, if you insist. Shleck wasn't a sure thing, so SaxoBank played it's other cards. Sastre goes up the road, while Evans marked Shleck. He shouldn't have. A man in his position needed to react with violence, risking all, but possibly winning the Tour. Not having a strong team only put more pressure on him. It was a tough exam and only a super champion would have passed it. Hinault, Lemond, Indurain, Armstrong would have. That's why they all one multiple Tours. Cadel didn't, that's why he lossed last year's.Power13 said:Uh, OK. You realize your second sentence completely contradicts your first one, right?
He does a good first time trial. He is not as good in a time trial at the end of the Tour. I seem to recall several of his TdFs that have that pattern, but I am too lazy at the moment to check.hoolaparara said:I'm surprised people haven't worked that Evans biggest problem is that he is simply not nearly as good a time trialist as he thinks.
Nor is Cancellara's. I think 3 weeks of work might have something to do with it!! FC is busy working for his team, CE is busy riding at the front in the mountains.BroDeal said:He does a good first time trial. He is not as good in a time trial at the end of the Tour. I seem to recall several of his TdFs that have that pattern, but I am too lazy at the moment to check.
The doping Chicken kept up with him. Or should I say Contadope kept up with the doping Chicken.Dekker_Tifosi said:Well I do. And it's all to clear Contador is the most talented rider in the peloton. Nobody can beat him except himself (see Paris Nice where he forgot to eat)
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