Libertine Seguros said:Pinotti I'll give you. Most of the rest came from TTs or just being there or thereabouts without really bringing much to the race. Tejay did an awesome job to protect his spot on Alpe d'Huez (with Chris Horner pacing him up the last couple of km iirc) but he had his spot because of a TT.
That's how Columbia rolls - get in as many national TT champions as you can - not only can they help pull back the breaks 90% the time, but they can get into a good GC position (it helps if, like Rogers, Martin and Pinotti - and Tejay seems to be another - they can do at least a decent job of climbing even if they'll be my least favourite type of GC rider, ie the Bruyneel-inspired 'do a great TT then suck wheels up the climb' type) and even win in races like the Vuelta a Murcia where the TT is almost invariably decisive.
Well... for stage races isn't that a standard way of doing it? Some GC guys gain time in the TT's and hold on in the climbs... others dance away on the hills but bleed minutes in long flat TT's. Others are somewhere inbetween in the spectrum.
Just because HTC follows the TT route, doesn't mean those aren't solid GC performances. I believe Indurain won several tours by less then the margin he put into the 2nd place rider in TT's... doesn't change the fact he was a great GC guy.