Power has the ongoing issue of recovery in stage races which will hinder his future success - MS did what needed to be done by playing poker with Trek and having S.Yates marking Porte - You need a diesel climber to challenge Porte on Willunga Hill - Anyway Porte is in better form than in the last two years, which augurs well for a good season - If only Porte was riding the Giro.
That is often the problem these days with not specialized riders. They can get good results in different scenarios but are often outclassed by the ones who prepare for exactly that (kind of) race. The days are gone were a Sean Kelly could win the Vuelta and still finish 3 different monuments in the top 5 in one year. Take a look at Gilbert. He started out as an outstanding rider in the Ardennes, and later shifted his focus to the cobbles. But he was never able to combine both at the same time.
I have noted another pattern with Porte's acceleration when I watched him in Romandie 2017. The riders are often able to sit on his wheel for about a minute or even more when he accelerates.
He is not as explosive as a typical puncheur-climber who will get a gap almost immediately. (Think Purito, Valverde, Alaphilippe or peak Froome) and he doesn't do a lot of grueling, continuous mini-attacks like Contador, Nibali or Quintana. I wouldn't call him a diesel climber either.
His style is quite unique. The impressive thing about him is that he can keep a monstrous pace for minutes. It's like he is attacking while pacing himself at the same time.
Who's the favourite for Cadel's race? Field looks a bit below par. McCarthy and Viviani are coming back from heavy crashes. Hard to look past Ewan - climbing well enough to hang on, sprinting well enough to win.
Yeah, it's annoying. It's just too long from the top of the final ascent to the finish for a climber to stay away. (Short) history says: a sprinter will get back on and win. I think a parcours change is in order.