I didn't see Nieve until now,he's hiding better than Zubeldia.Are you sure he's riding? I don't consider Kennaugh a climber,even Poels is not a pure climber and he can ITT a bit,Roche is an all-rounder.They have a great TTT team,but they didn't deliver in the TTT lately and the team didn't looked too hot this Tour,that's why people were expecting to lose some time to BMC and Tinkoff.Ramira said:Well Froome and Thomas have shown they're in great form all week. And Konig and Porte are pretty good time trialists. They did a bit better than I expected, considering they brought 3 climbers (Poels/Nieve/Kennaugh) and 2 others that aren't great in TT's (Rowe/Stannard) but the signs are pretty good.Pricey_sky said:Sky did one of their best TTT performances in a while. Didn't expect them to be so strong and most predicted they would lose time today.
Of course in the end it'll all be down to the climbing ability of Froome/Quintana/Contador, if one of them is stronger than the others (or with his good start none better than Froome) he'll probably win, regardless of the rest of his team. The only exception being if Contador (maybe with Nibali) goes crazy in descents, but at the very least rain is needed for that.