Interesting aspect I hadn't considered. Then again, they would probably have offered him an extension on his contract if they did that with himthehog said:He was helping Wiggins at the Vuelta 2011 not trying to win the race. There was one objective for him.PremierAndrew said:Yeah, they suddenly decided put a nobody who was leaving the team at the end of the year in a position where he could expose the team (potentially for money, and Froome wouldn't exactly have been rich back then)...thehog said:People keep forgetting that between Poland and the Vuelta in 2011 Froome was in the UK riding the Olympic test race for Team GB under Brailsford.
That transformation occurred there, that was the point in which he dramatically changed. He came back from that time in the UK like a racehorse.
In the first week of the Vuelta he did a lot of front riding. He even paced Wiggins back 5km before Pena when his chain dropped.
I don't think Sky nor Froome realized that he would be a the responder that he turned out to be. That can only come from the testing done in the UK just prior.