I disagree with the notion that trying to control this race is a good idea or even possible. Better to have an all-attacker team than three domestiques who won't be able to do much.
I think there will be several teams prepared to chase the break in the mountains - Italy, France and UK all look particularly strong for that. And Valverde is pretty used to navigating his way to the front in classics, with pretty limited assistance from his team.Asero831 said:I rather have Landa than Erviti.
Someone has to chase the break when the race gets into the climbs. Ion will not be enough.
Still Purito for sure will attack on the 60km out
Well Bala isn't going to drop with 60km to go, they will escort him to the final, and Purito could benefit from that situation.Arredondo said:Don't be surprised if Purito is in better shape in Río then Bala.
But with 4 Movistar guys, they will not helping him. But if they want gold, they better should do. Or at least protect him as long as possible.
Yep Purito will have to look after himself if he wants to medal at the Olympics, you might be correct about Contador aswellLaFlorecita said:4 Movistars, poor Purito. I wonder if Alberto knew he wouldn't get a spot so just announced his absence as if it was his own decision.
He also won the test race last year. So this seems like a good choice.StryderHells said:
Correct decision from Kennaugh, must have been a hard call but he recognises he's not in the shape to contribute.snccdcno said:Kennaugh withdraws and Steve Cummings gets his wish
I think they are all in the link below; some still provisional. It seems up to date because they've already removed Gerrans and have Spain's selection included.Anderis said:Is there a summary when I can find all riders already confirmed for Rio?
Yep, especially with the first 150km being filled with cobbles and puncheur type climbs. If a group of the likes of Cancellara, Stybar, Vakoc, GVA, Kwiatkowski and Thomas manage to split the peloton and get in a break, who exactly is going to pull them back in?SafeBet said:Looking at the teams involved, peloton could be reduced to 80-100 riders quite early in the race. I think it will be impossible to control. Sensible tactic would be having a man in every move from 100km out.