Which team will look the strongest on the climbs in the Tour?

Which team will look the strongest on the climbs in the Tour? Post a Poll

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Jun 19, 2013
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Porte, Boasson Hagen, Eisel, Kiryienka, Knees, thats some pretty impressive firepower that Sky have got. Any one of those guys could toughen it up at the front, and shed the wannabes on the climbs.
For me Sky will dominate.
 
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Most likely Sky with the way they ride train up the mountains, and supporting Froome they will end up being stronger because he can ride away at the end or do battle with the other top climbers.

Movistar 2nd, since they'll have Valverde and Quintana who can climb with the best. And are some of the best. Plus their team will no doubt end up having a number of other strong climbers.

And if Voeckler gets yellow, the combination of him and Rolland will be very strong in the final. And the team should be able to do a good job climbing in first parts of the mountains and climbing in the breaks.
 
What do you mean by dominating the climbs?

If setting up a train in the climbs without letting anyone harmful for the GC leave the peloton, that'll be Sky.

If taking most points in mountain sprints and having most guys involved on that, i think it'll be Europcar.
 
Jun 19, 2013
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Afrank said:
Most likely Sky with the way they ride train up the mountains, and supporting Froome they will end up being stronger because he can ride away at the end or do battle with the other top climbers.

Movistar 2nd, since they'll have Valverde and Quintana who can climb with the best. And are some of the best. Plus their team will no doubt end up having a number of other strong climbers.

And if Voeckler gets yellow, the combination of him and Rolland will be very strong in the final. And the team should be able to do a good job climbing in first parts of the mountains and climbing in the breaks.
BIIIIGGGG fan of both Voeckler and Roland, but Roland prepration has been terrible, i am sorry to say he will bomb and how.
 

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I mean team contribution into leader perfomance surely. If Froome wins and say Valverde becomes 3rd, Quintana 5th, Sky will anyway be considered to perform better.
 
Jul 5, 2010
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airstream said:
I mean team contribution into leader perfomance surely. If Froome wins and say Valverde becomes 3rd, Quintana 5th, Sky will anyway be considered to perform better.
If that is what you meant, you should have made a "who will win the Tour" poll instead.
 

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Dutchsmurf said:
If that is what you meant, you should have made a "who will win the Tour" poll instead.
No, if you really think that Movistar will drop the best riders by means of their train, Valverde and Quintana will be the best climbers while Froome will win the Tour only because of TT's, you are free to vote for Movi. It's quite reasonable approach
 
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Netserk said:
Sky is massively overrated. They'll end up with Porte and Froome early on the final climbs when other captains also have a dom or two left.
Porte as last man climbing with the best... Who could have guessed...
 
Jun 9, 2012
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jaylew said:
Movi: Nairo, Valverde, Costa, Szymd
Sky: Porte, Froome, Kiri, Lopez
Saxo: Contador, Rogers, Roche, Kreuz, Hernandez

I'll go:

Saxo
Movi
Sky

Though it will probably wind up being Sky somehow...
Movistar could be very strong indeed. Szmyd was a beast at the Giro last year.
 
jaylew said:
Movi: Nairo, Valverde, Costa, Szymd
Sky: Porte, Froome, Kiri, Lopez
Saxo: Contador, Rogers, Roche, Kreuz, Hernandez

I'll go:

Saxo
Movi
Sky

Though it will probably wind up being Sky somehow...
Movistar also have Amador and on the basis of the Dauphine, Thomas and Kennaugh will be pretty good for Sky. Sky probably have the best depth, pretty much all of their riders can climb at least reasonably well with the exception of Stannard, but Movistar and Saxo on paper have the better quality climbers.
 
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Hugo Koblet said:
Sky and it's not even close. Saxo will be a joke, Movistar's got potential. Garmin? Not even close.
I disagree about saxo. They have an extremely strong squad of individuals. However I begrudgingly voted sky as they are just such a strong team when their individual riders are brought together.
 
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Sky maybe aren't as strong as last year, Lopez and Kyrienka instead of Rogers and Wiggins is maybe not a worthy replacement. But they'll still eliminate 90% of the peloton before 10 k to go.
 
i voted the last option, they all have strong riders/ this route will hopefully allow the Sky train to be dismantled.

Anyways, this will be my last post for a while, as i am going overseas/ two stages at the TDF :)
 
Dont think it will be one team dominating the climbs. Most of the top teams will have 2-3 guys who can climb well...

Sky - Froome, Porte
Garmin - Hesjadel, Martin, Talansky
Movistar - Valverde, Quintana, Costa
Europcar - Rolland, Voeckler
Saxo-Tinkoff - Contador, Kreuziger, Rogers
etc...
 
I think Garmin is underrated by some and should be included in the poll. They have 4, if not 5 riders capable of top10 result in GC, and while they don't seem to have such a strong leader as Sky, or Saxo, I can definetely see them ending up with the most riders in top20/top30 or winning team-classification or having the most riders in the group after some selection on the climb.
 

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