I misunderstood a little, I thought you meant an early attack on the final climb, like tomorrow. Earlier in the stage is a threat indeed, but early in the stage, Froome will indeed rely on his team. Even if they do stay away and take the jersey, the might crack the next day due to their efforts the day before. In 2013 Froome managed with only six teammates, among them Thomas, who was injured. I think they'll know how to manage stressful situations.cellardoor said:If guys like Valverde and Kreuziger are able to hang in there tomorrow then I do think they are good cards to potentially play later on. If they are at about 2mins then it poses a massive problem to Froome/Sky if someone like that launches an early attack on a multiple mountain stage. It's always possible that Froome would just go with them, but historically GC leaders in that position have tended to rely on their team and the hope that the attacker will fade and be caught on the last climb.Vasilis said:And it doesn't work if Froome follows and nobody else can follow him. Even if Quintana can, Valverde will likely be supposed to work for him then.Cramps said:Agreed that between-team alliances unlikely.
What about within-team possibilities? Movistar might have an option: A strong Valverde attack, maybe even train supported, while Quintana sticks on Froome. Leaves Froome the choice of letting Valverde go (risky), or towing Quintana (and everyone else) up the mountain, also risky.
But this would only work if Contdor/Nibali/TJVG let Froome do the work, and they would also be scared of Valverde podium.