I would bet on Valverde against these riders in 1 week races, but no way in a gt (except for Bardet...that's hit or miss). I would even consider Chaves as more of a favorite to podium over Valverde. That's not even mentioning AC and Porte. I don't care if AC is getting older. No way he loses to him....especially if Froome isn't there.Valv.Piti said:No, you are out of your mind!Arredondo said:As much as i like you, yes: you're out of your mindValv.Piti said:Im really starting to believe Valverde actually has a chance of winning Tour de France when looking at the route. Am I crazy?
Bala was impressive, but as already said, he still won a 200 meter sprint at La Molina and only a 4 km fight on a single mountain stage. That's not comparable to a Tour at all.
Froome is a class above him when it comes to racing three weeks at a consistent level. He has a chance to podium it, but not a single rider in history has won the Tour at 37 years of age. Especially not a rider who's not an absolutely born GT-rider.
Don't expect miracles
To be fair my reasoning is the following: If Froome crashes or gets sick, then he might have a chance considering Quintana is riding Il Giro and Contador is getting older and I would be on Valverde against Bardet, Chaves and Porte in top shape any day of the week as it stands right now.
I know, long shot, but you never know.....