You are right. Edmondson should have always ridden the Vuelta.greenedge said:Oh completely forgot about Bewley (which complicates things). Hepburn is perfect as a third man in a leadout and is a better TTTer (in my view), yet Bewley does have the Chaves connection.
I'd take Kreuziger over Howson and Verona if he isn't too fatigued as he's more explosive than Howson and just better than Verona. However he might want to ride in Canada (of which the same goes for Gerrans). Also this doesn't mean I don't want Howson (or an improved Verona in the squad), I just feel if you had to choose from these 3 riders for the rest of the roster that's who i'd go for.
Lastly the two reasons I picked Kluge over Mezgec were: firstly he's a great flatland grunt who's intuitive and good for crosswinds (who can also share co-captaincy duties with Gerrans); and secondly that would translate well to the TTT. However as you said Mezgec is more versatile and that would help Cort on his more selective finishes + the idea that Kluge isn't happy at ORS could complicate it too.
Personally I'd have loved for Edmondson to ride this (instead of the Giro) and in an ideal world Power would be riding this too (yet he's too inexperienced for what will probably be Orica's best chance for the GC in a GT).