How do you guys think he will fare in the time trial? I think he will finish around Porte and Contador, around 30 sec or even 1 minute down on Froomey. Maybe I'm overestimating him, Froome, here - lets see!
Technically there's only one main contender for the title, though if you include the other podium contenders, too, then I'd say 20 seconds is a rather conservative estimate (unless Froome doesn't have it in this Dauphine', of course, but its too early to tell).Rollthedice said:None of the main contenders should loose more than 20 sec to the winner on PdBF so I don't see how the race is decided there, be it Dawg who wins.
2015 he was illMr.White said:Well he lost time twice in the 3rd week, 2013 and 2015, so I would take that as a indicator that he's not firing on all cylinders at that particular part of the race, if you don't mind...rick james said:Mr.White said:Not literally decided, but if Froome doesn't win, and he'll try for sure, I think it's going to be hard mental blow to him. In all previous times when he won, he took advantage early on and then his team guided him safely through majority of the stages. In the 3rd week he's vulnerable and I don't think he would want to wait for the Galibier and Izoard to win the race. I wouldn't bet on him if he does. He usually has couple of stages red circled and I think Planche is the first one. Stage 12 in Pyrenees might be another one. Jura stage is probably harder than both, but Mont du Chat is 25km from the finish. So I think Froome will go all out in stages 5 and 12, and if someone survives that without damage (being dropped), he's in prime position imo.Rollthedice said:None of the main contenders should loose more than 20 sec to the winner on PdBF so I don't see how the race is decided there, be it Dawg who wins.
why is that? because he was ill in the 3rd week one year of this race, we have no proof he will be vulnerable in the 3rd week
Nah, I don't think he'll win le Tour. Would be great tho.Arredondo said:Bala is riding on a different planet this year. Best season of his career no doubt.
But winning Le Tour? I mean, that would be really really strange. For a 37 year old guy who has never showed he can beat the best at the most important race. I still think Froome and Porte (he's flying this year) will be ahead of him.
Beating Contador however for 3rd place should not be a problem at all.
But then again who is a big favorite? Froome? He has had a unusually bad season so far. Contador? He is probably past his prime. Quintana? With the giro in his legs? Porte? A bit of an unknown since he has never been close to win a gt.portugal11 said:
Let's see what happens the next few days. Right now I'd put money on Porte emerging as the favorite. I'd love for Valverde to be in that conversation though.Gigs_98 said:But then again who is a big favorite? Froome? He has had a unusually bad season so far. Contador? He is probably past his prime. Quintana? With the giro in his legs? Porte? A bit of an unknown since he has never been close to win a gt.portugal11 said:
Valverde isn't the one big favorite but thats only because right now I think there is not one outstanding favorite. And considering how good Valverde has been this year I don't see why we shouldn't rate him as high as the ones mentioned above
Lifetime contract :lol:frisenfruitig said:The fact that Valverde is even among the favorites for the TdF at the age of 37 is just... Well I don't know what word to use.
Movistar should just give him an indefinite contract, the guy is going to win big races until he decides he's had enough.
Pais Vasco was pretty hilly.WheelofGear said:Amazing time trialing this year. And none of the time trials have been very hilly or MTTs.
2nd in the Andalucia TT.
(Kinda) won the TTT in Catalunya.
2nd in the Pais Vaso TT.
And now a 3rd in the Dauphine TT.
Have been working in the wind tunnel?