No, they helped Hunter most of the days. Your have to cover him from the wind always to save as much as possible his energies, both mountain stages, both flat ones... That is basically cycling for most of the riders. It doenst min how much he lost after his job. Contador had freeadom becouse he was a promissing rider years before. Froome just came from Africa and he was not predicted to ride that Tour, so he didnt prepare especially for that. He was in the Queen stage after la Madeleine in a Group of 20 withh all the important riders of the race, He finished 14th last ITT, wich is a very good measu to evaluate a rider for GT (long individual effort at the end of 3 weeks) and he was 14th..anjd I dont talk about other issues that give more merit to that becouse is for another part of the forum.He helped a sprinter on the flat while shipping time, compared to Contador who actually managed to stay in the peloton and helping his leaders.
Froome lost 4:04, 4:55 (2:52), and 4:55 before the first TT. He lost 25:33 and 31:56 to then finish 11:41 behind Sastre, around 3 minutes ahead of Zabel. He then lost 7:07 and 3:08 and then ride the tt. All of his good results came after he shipped time and was to rest more. Yay, he attacked a bunch on a parade day as everyone says. Yes, so Froome was literally allowed to do whatever.
Have you seen who rode that results list? I’ve heard of 5/70 of those riders not counting Froome.
Almost everyone has said that the thing going for Froome was he was decent at TTs, not Contador. It took him awhile.
Honestly his best result against the competition was at Volta ao Distrito de Santarém outside of the Tour in my opinion.
He showed nothing before that Vuelta that he could even contend at a WT stage race. The fact that Team UK was sad he could not gain 1 point is very telling.