What alternative did they have?didnt see that one coming.. so one flat guy for a podium TDF finisher.
Maybe secret WvA green plans?
In theory I'd agree. There are others however who have been specifically targeting the Giro like Nibali and Yates. Depends how fast his recovery is I guess to see whether he can keep in good enough shape for the start of the Giro. The 3rd week suits him definitely.
He's more consistent than some of the other contenders, but I don't see how he has anything over Nibali. Even if their climbing is equal, and if Kruijswijk TTs better I think Nibs descending prowess would undo that difference alone. A good descender might be able to follow Nibali, and Nibali would have to take risks to drop an average descender, but Kruijswijk isn't even an average descender and has a habit of getting dropped on descents and lose significant time.