- Mar 8, 2014
5 days away from the TDF warm up race. So i figured it would be interesting to start discussing the race!
You think he needs to? As a Tour predictor you mean, or as some kind of statement?LaFlorecita said:Contador is following the sky approach, which means win Dauphine. Contador needs to beat Froome.
Contador hasn't beaten an on-form Froome uphill since la Vuelta 2012. You don't think he wants to see if he can now?Publicus said:I picked Froome because I don't think Contador cares one wit about winning the Dauphine. Froome NEEDS a win IMO. Romandie was a win against a weak field. I hope Contador just rides on his wheel. I look for Nibbles to lay down a marker or two as well.
Nope. What would it mean to go deep to beat him in June and then falter in July when it counts? To me, at least, it would be much more meaningful if he just rode his wheel (can you tell I'm stuck in 2009 ). Don't get me wrong, I would love it if he won, but he's never ridden the Dauphine for the overall victory and I don't expect him to start now (he strikes me as fairly superstitious).LaFlorecita said:Contador hasn't beaten an on-form Froome uphill since la Vuelta 2012. You don't think he wants to see if he can now?
Why is this the case exactly? He's had a pretty good first half of the year. Much better than all of Team Sky's protagonists. It would seem to me THEY need a mental boost of sorts. To re-establish their dominance from last year. Reclaim their swagger.RichieTheBest said:the situation of froome attacking anf contador following him is a fight ftw for the second one automatically.
contador was chilling in the dauphine when he knew he would anyway be #1 fav having both climbing and tt superiority. its not the case today. he needs a mental boost and wants to win a lot for sure
Agreed. I mean, really, he has won a lot this year, hasn't he? People have talked about how his climbing has looked better, but his time trialing hasn't been shabby. Only Tony Martin beat him at Pais Vasco. It would be fun to see Contador beat Froome (for me) at the Dauphine, but it would be a lot more fun to see him beat Froome in Paris, and what little I know about the way each man expends and budgets energy suggests to me that Contador is better off letting Froome dig deep in the prep race.Publicus said:Why is this the case exactly? He's had a pretty good first half of the year. Much better than all of Team Sky's protagonist. It would seem to me THEY need a mental boost of sorts. To re-establish their dominance from last year. Reclaim their swagger.
This is precisely why if I were Contador I wouldn't go deep, I'd only follow Froome's wheel.