Before Giro 2011 his best was Vuelta 2010. 2nd and 3rd in punchy finishes at Malaga and Valdepeñas. Cracks in Pal. Wins Peña Cabarga. Takes time on all other contenders in Cotobello. Svcks at the flat ITT. And gets third at Bola del Mundo at 20 seconds of Eze and Nibali when he was out of contention.
Odd indeed but I remember when he cracked last year, then I think he just gave up...you can't discount what happens "in the head" especially after being a "helper" for years...now are there any precedents...only one comes to mind and it's not one wants to be talking about outside the clinic.
He was domestiquing for Valverde there though, yes he stayed with Contador longer than Valverde, but his job at that race was a helper and he had already done a bunch of work in other stages for Valverde so had less left in the tank than Contador would. Not saying he would have stayed with him or anything, but it should be born in mind that Purito wasn't a team leader until 2010.
Contador looks a bit hungry. Did he fuel correctly? He should watch his protein intake, when you don't get enough protein your recovery from hard efforts will suffer.
Contador should ask his Spanish friends for some dietary advice.