TGBM is a bit of a daredevil.... see the TT in Pais Vasco last year. He got 2nd there because he was riding like an idiot on an idiotic parcours. Only an excellent bike-handler like Samu could beat a reckless person like that, on that parcours.
Bit of a "funny" story:
Birdie's suitcase was delayed, which meant he had to do the prologue in a regular Astana outfit. So they had to convince the organisers that he does indeed have a nat champ skinsuit, and that it wasn't just a case of "Danish champ, can't be bothered."