Does anyone here think Mark Padun is a serious threat to win La Vuelta?
He was a climbing God at the Criterium du Dauphine as recently as early June, winning back-to-back mountain stages and leaving the world's elite in his wake.
We know there are amazing things happening within Bahrain-Victorious and big Mark finished third at the recent Vuelta a Burgos (43 seconds behind his team leader and winner Mikel Landa).
Maybe having to look after Landa and stick with him when he inevitably has a dodgy spell at some crucial moment will kill his chances.
Or do you think the team will allow him to spread those climbing wings and give him the freedom to show the world what he can do?
I wouldn't bet on Padun being consistently good over three weeks of racing. Stranger things have happened, of course, but if there's one thing he always lacked was consistency. He is also a terrible TTer, at least on paper.