Maybe he will attack there and win the stage with 15 seconds.Seems like he does not have the best climbing legs but looking at Milan San Remo his acceleration is as good as ever. Wonder what he will do in the Tour.
Wouldn´t be suprised if he takes yellow in the first 3 days. Stage 2 has the bonus sprint on top of a short climb 9km before the finish line. Tailor-made for a rider like him.
He could have a descent tour. Previous years he peaked early for the Spring classics. By the racing progress he did, this year he may really peak during the 3 weeks tour.It's weird. He could potentially wear yellow till stage 15 and still be no real threat for the overall. To me he is the clear favorite for stage 2 and I can absolutely see him taking stages 4 and 6 as well if they aren't raced hard. He'll have a harder time in the pyrenees but if they are completely controlled and he makes another great descent or two, who knows. It's just really that the stages where selections are definitely going to happen come super late this year so he might be around the top of the gc for quite a long time.
All in all, I think this might be a pretty good tour for him. I think he'll win more than one stage and wear yellow at some point.
Actually, being in a position to go for GC is what made it work the way it did. It was one of those priceless moments we may not see ever again.I really, really like this guy. That attack today really exploded himself and the race it feels like. He has panache, some riders could learn a thing or two from him.
I hope he never goes for GC in GT's.