Gregory said:The media have also a part in this, because frankly Hesjedal is not as marketable as Nibali-Wiggins battle. Reminds me strongly of 2009 Tour, when previous year "unexpected winner" Sastre (just like Hasjedal) got completely ignored, because of Armstrong/Contador tension. However in that case, the media seemd to have been right, as Sastre failed completely. I hope this will not be the case with Hesjedal.
The only thing unexpected about 2008 was that it was the wrong CSC rider. Even though Evans was favourite, he had a weak team and he was against the best team in the race with both Schlecks and Sastre and Cancellara, O'Grady, Voight all riding at their peak and the rest. I think Andy was supposed to win but when Sastre attacked they played the team game and his final TT was much better than expected while Evan's was mediocre. Sastre had been hiding until his winning attack and of course it was a good tactic by the team. Contador was not there and Evans also had a heavy fall which had to have some effect on him. Sastre did not seem motivated after 2008 and the field the next year at the Tour was much stronger. The media always get things wrong. I would not be writing off Hesjedal just yet. Some people are presuming that both Nibali and Wiggins are going to be in the same form as last July which at this stage is just guess work.