Mellow Velo said:
I think it's a tougher call than people think.
Two very strong teams......on paper.
I actually believe Contador's climbing is a little over-rated.
To me, he hasn't quite got the punch he had in 2007 and Rasmussen eventually got the better of him on the Aubisque.
Maybe it's a by-product of the improved trialing.
Sure, he's explosive in the attack, but doesn't seem to be able to sustain it in the same way.
Perhaps he will prove me wrong, come the Tour.
For me, it's really about how much better Andy has or hasn't become in the passed 12 months.
I haven't forgotten him on the Alpe, last year.
Well,yes,Rasmussen dropped Contador on the Aubisque,but also don't forget that on the Peyresourde,in the previous stage,those 4 devastating attacks placed by Alberto made the Chicken work really really hard to close the gap.
And i will also ask you where was MR before the tour? Allegedly in the Dolomites(training and probably doing some other stuff that proved decisive on the Aubisque
). But nowhere to be found by the testers.
I haven't forgot Andy's performance in the Alps either,but i also remember that Hautacam stage. He must avoid situations like those if he wants to beat AC.
But for now,i don't see a better climber than Contador. And when he's in top form,nobody can drop him,or should i say nobody is able to sit in his wheel in the mountains.
Maybe Andy will prove me wrong,but until then,my money is on Alberto.