dlwssonic said:I was amazed that contador could not keep up with andy schleck. it might be because contador has not hit top form yet. and he also said that he is better on the long time trials
ManInFull said:Since AC never tried to attack at the end of yesterday's stage, I felt that something was up. He was cooked! Undoubtedly, Andy will now give it a go earlier at the end of an upcoming stage. Let's see how AC responds. I think Andy needs over 2:30 on AC before heading into the TT.
pedaling squares said:We'll have to wait and see how things look when the mountains are bigger and their slopes steeper. There are stages to come that suit Contador very well. He might not need a TT to put time into Andy Shleck. How nice is it to have a wide open GT after week 1? It's no longer the Bore de France.
dlwssonic said:Ya this is more exciting then last years tour when it was all contador.
vcampbell said:Still it can be all Contador.
Publicus said:I think a lot of what this is what I call the Verbier-effect. If Contador doesn't crush his competition like on Verbier, that means he is off his game. Verbier was stage 15 of last year's Tour. We just completed Stage 8.
Publicus said:I think a lot of what this is what I call the Verbier-effect. If Contador doesn't crush his competition like on Verbier, that means he is off his game. Verbier was stage 15 of last year's Tour. We just completed Stage 8. Andy launched his attack with less than 800 meters to go, on a 2.1% grade. I don't think it tells you anything about who is stronger or weaker in the mountains. It's just too early.
That being said, I think Andy is already reading too much into what happened yesterday. He took it to mean that he is now the strongest climber. AC said going in that the Alps would not be decisive, that the winner of the stage might get a few seconds on the other contenders. That it would be a stage about fitness. Which is pretty much what happened.
Andy is about to find out what it feels like to be the focal point of EVERY GC candidate. And the absence of Frank is definitely going to be felt when the attacks start flying. Hopefully AC keeps his calm and doesn't try to mark EVERY attack like he did yesterday. He just has to hold Andy's wheel and let him do the work.
palmerq said:It is veyr possible for schleck to beat contador especially with only one time trial... It is still hard to tell though and it has only been one mountain stage. I get the impression from contador season so far he is not on the same form as last year(for whatever reason that could be) so I would not be so surprised if schleck beats him more in the coming mountains...
Back last year Contador attacked on the first(I think) mountaintop finish in andorra he only gained a wee bit of time but he attacked and left the others behind... this year it seems to be the opposite way around :S..
I would still say contador is the favourite though.
Squares said:I'd say that all the talk about As vs AC is premature.
Neither on of them holds the Yellow Jersey and the guy holding it CAN Time Trial and hold his own in the mountains. Evans has finished 2nd twice so he is clearly no slouch. Evans finished with AC yesterday.
Another guy who finished with AC yesterday who can also time trial is Levi. He is behind AC now by almost a minute, but if AC is not on his climbing game who knows. He will gain time on AS in the last time trial.
Same goes for Menchov and Basso. What about Kreuzinger and Sastre?
In the end, there are a lot of people besides AS and AC who have a role in deciding the rest of the race. I wouldn't be surprised to see a few pacts form to keep AC from winning it all (plus AC doesn't have the Hog juice).
DenisMenchov said:basso wasn t there, evans, Sastre and Menchov out of form. Levi out with broken wrist(if my memory serves me right). 2010 is the one that all will remember.
Squares said:Anyone know if this is "The" DenisMenchov posting here or if it is someone using his anme?
Yes, I think this year will be the one to remember!!!
Lady Luck said:But you forget his first attack last year took place on stage 7, when he made a surprise attack and gained an easy 20 seconds in only about 1km.
indurain666 said:IMHO, different courses and situations though. Last year he attacked on the Arcalis climb which has an average of slope of almost 8 % at the end of a 224 km where he was always protected by teammates (i.e. he was fresh and Astana slowed down the tempo quite a bit)...