I agree with you and Nibali and I will add Valverde to that list. But not Contador. While Contador could time trial he had poor bike handling skills, was a bad descender, very poor tactically, had no instincts, and no attention span. Not an all arounder or smart rider. He is not a rider that could have competed outside the modern era but then again there are few modern riders who could have.Brullnux said:They have?Old&slow said:If Froome holds on tomorrow he won this race thanks to his descent on the Finestre. His descending skills today put him in the lead. In an era where GC riders the last 15 years have been one trick ponies with little all around skills he is a throwback He wins not just because of the watts he puts put but because he is complete bike rider with great instincts and skill.
The landis 2006 stage was the best GC stage I have ever seen. I think today tops that. Hopefully today turns out a bit better for Froome and cycling than the 2006 Landis ride.
Contador? Not really a one-trick pony. Nibali? Decidedly not a one trick pony. Dumoulin? Nope. Quintana? Perhaps, but can hold his own on hills, descents and tts. Basso? Probably not, he achieved good results in classics and could tt pretty well. Evans? Definitely not. There have been a few sole climbers and few specialists TTers, but mostly they've been pretty well-rounded.