kurtinsc said:While I'd agree that he doesn't have enough left in the final climbs to challenge for the win on those stages... he seems to have "something" left.
He finished near the front on stage 9 and 12 in the Vuelta last year, with riders like Valverde and Basso. While I'm not saying he's capable of doing well in the GC of the Tour... I'd think those results would indicate he could provide some help to a GC guy in the Tour.
In 2005 and 2006 he finished 7th and 6th in the GC of the Vuelta. Yes he's got poor tactics. Yes, he's not comfortable in a big group on his bike. Yes, he wastes energy early in stages... but it seems like even with those flaws, he's got enough legs for the mountains to be solid support for a GC guy who doesn't have those issues.