nick101 said:totally agree about the alpe. suits a rider like froome that has a high tempo but also a good last km pace if needed. we haven't seen how froome reacts and handles changes in pace yet. contador and schleck haven't been able to do that due to lack of form. but judging by the way froome rides with a high but constant pace with an acceleration in the final km, id say big changes in pace won't suit him.
I don't think changes in pace will bother him one bit. He'll simply increase his tempo to one that slowly reels in his rival(s). He doesn't try to immediately accelerate up to the attacking rider's wheel as we have seen. He and Sky simply up their tempo a bit figuring that the escapee can't maintain that same explosive speed that created the gap. They may even let them hang out there a bit to make sure that when they do finally reel them in, that if it's within a few km's of the finish that the escapee won't have anything left to respond to killer blow attack from Froome.
As many have said unless Contador hits his peak form, or some miracle happens with Andy, the mountains of July will be a predictable and boring affair unless you're a Sky fan.