I think he should. He can handle the Toumalet descent and the last climb on his own. Go for it.maxmartin said:So for the win tomorrow. He needs a Pyreness stage to finish the collection. Astana team should ride their hearts out tomorrow keeping the break at a tight leash.
I doubt he can. His performance is already impressive considering he already had a heavy Giro in his legs. Maybe he is one of those rare breeds good for two GT consecutively.the_cutter said:I'm sure Nibbles will try to go for the win tomorrow to cap off this joyride. Hopefully, Astana can control the break (no more Majka with 1+min lead!) and then Nibs will do the rest.
Or Peraud to do a Horner just to annoy me.
I think it is possible he will go full out. Last mountain stage, but with TT looming he might not want to (although 4+ minute advantage and he is best TTer among contenders?). I think if Astana can bring back the break to around 60 seconds before Tourmaleat, Nibali will go full out. Even Majka isnt going to hold on to 60s lead over entire climb in this scenario.whittashau said:I really want to see him go flat out. On every climb he's attacked for and gained 20-30 secs and then rode at the same tempo as the riders behind. I want to see a Froome like attack where he blasts off and also continues to increase the advantage
Perhaps not possible, but I'd like to see it. However, I do feel this Tour has been far more difficult than last year's despite the lack of competition. And perhaps he could have done those sorts of attacks if it wasn't for the difficulty of this Tour.
Oldman said:While I've not watched every minute of this year's Tour I've seen enough to come to one conclusion: Nibali has ridden the smartest Tour in years.
He knows where to be, when to use his energy and when to slack off.
He may not even be the strongest guy in the Tour this year. He hasn't had to be and, while many argue what makes a Champion, Nibali has shown so far that the proper amount of aggression can get you far. He definitely reflects his nickname.
maxmartin said:You are absolutely right, that is what I said all along the way. Just like yesterday, what is the point to follow Pinot next to his wheel considering a long descent is ahead of them and Pinot is not particular good for his descending skill. Nibali reads the race very well. To be a great GT rider, you need to know where and when to spend your energy most effectively.
No. Nibali has only 31 points less, so if majka doesnt win Tourmalet and doesnt top 10 the stage, Nibali can take it. Too much risk. Easiest thing is to stay put and hope brake without Rodriguez makes it. Alternative is simple, attackwhittashau said:Surely the easiest way for Majka to secure the jersey is for them to ride at the front with Astana and for Majka to take the points on the Tourmalet though? If he's first over that climb there is no way Purito can get enough points on the Hautacam as he'll be riding against the GT boys.
And we don't know if they will be all 3 in their best shape next year compared to this one...Miburo said:I like nibali and i really think he had a chance of winning this with froome and contador in it. This racing style doesn't suit him, it's like with contador in tour '09.
Imo this tour would have been the greatest tour since '03 if none of them crashed. Now a lot of people are wondering and i think nibali is one of them what would have happened if those 2 were here.
You just know nibali would have attacked yesterday on the port de bales if froome and AC were there.
So sad, it's gonna take a year until i'm really over this lol
That's the other thing, i would give it at a 20% chance they'll all be there at 100% at the first MTF's next year.alin.constantin89 said:And we don't know if they will be all 3 in their best shape next year compared to this one...