Yes you are right what i meant is he was takking risks and Froome looked fine that day but this year cleary he is stronger than last year and like i said feel Contador is the better descender but i feel it needs to be a little technical as else their even imo.
keeping in mind the contador/froome relative uphill performance displayed yesterday, the last hill is simply too easy - about 5% average gradient - to shake off the froome dawg.
or even if he can be gaped by several seconds, i find it unreasonable for contador to take too many risks (keeping in mind the tdf in several weeks) on a final descent just to win the secondary stage...particularly b/c he can attack on the steeper, more suitable slopes still to come...i do believe contador can drop the dawg when the walls of at least 10% come.
nibali will test froome on the descent anyway. i think richie is recovered and froome will decide to drop nibali before the top. the question will once again be if alberto can stay with froome. also expect jurgen to have a go for stage win here
I agree. Had it been the Tour it would have been different. This is a prep race. Of course they wanna test eachother, safely ie uphill, but I dont see any of the biggest guns taking huge risks down hill. But maybe some of the outsiders for whom DL is more than a prep race.
A lot of people lost time, even significantly in TT and first mountain stage. if a break goes with them, I suppose the stars will let it be and fdj will not work to get it back as Demare might not make it up the last climb. A break seems a fair bet.
A breakaway is gone at km 21 with: Andriy Grivko (Astana), Christian Meier (Orica-GreenEdge), Imanol Erviti (Movistar), Maxime Bouet (AG2R), Romain Sicard (Europcar), Pim Lightart (Lotto), Gustav Larsson (IAM), Damiano Caruso (Cannondale), Bob Jungels (Trek), Peter Velits (BMC), Yuriy Trofimov (Katusha), Jan Bakelants (OPQS) and Lars-Petter Nordhaug (Belkin).