Danskebjerge said:Pantani Attacks said:Only difference was that Rasmussen was always a formidable climber and nobody doubted whether he could hang in the mountains. His TT skills is what people doubted, considering it cost him a podium place a couple of years previously in one of the most spectacular single day blowups ever.
Going in to the Tour 2017, he had actually only won six road races, most of them wins in stage races. I'm not sure his TT's were so bad, but the one where he lost the podium place was marred with errors.
Some Rasmussen Grand Tours with and without TTs. I'm not saying he would get these exact results, but for sure he was a much better GT rider than Alaphilippe - he just had one giant flaw (before 2007 lol).
2003 Vuelta, TTT and 3 ITTs
With: 7th, 5:56 down
Without: 1st by 19 seconds
2004 Tour, Prologue, TTT, 2 ITTTs
With: 14th, 27:16 down
Without: 5th, 13:19 down
2005 Tour, TTT, 2 ITTs
With: 7th, 11:33 down
Without: 1st by 2:14