The onus, again, will be on Columbia. Unfortunately, everyone knows that Cavendish is the man, so who in their right name would want to help him win a stage? Rabobank will most certainly not want to waste energy doing that. They don't even have people to launch Freire. Cervelo has Sastre, so I doubt they will throw in a bunch of equipiers to pave the way for Hushovd/Hausler. Lotto, well, they have v Avermaet, but the rest is Evan's team.karlboss said:The interesting part will be to see which teams work to pull in breaks.
Kirchen and Rogers will only scrape into the top 10 if their lucky. why would you waste a team on gc when they have a liability like Cavendish to get stage wins and possibly the green jersey.karlboss said:So Columbia won't hold anything back for GC? I thought they might and hence some more breaks might succeed. I imagine we'll see one rider from each sprinter's team not in the break pulling, a little, to get them back to within sight, and maybe columbia will put 2 up. The finale they'll try for the train and everyone will get involved.
Sorry i got my words mixed up, Cav is a reliability when it comes to the sprints. i really don't know why they would take the gc riders when they'll struggle to do much at the tour(especially without a team behind them). i think it would be better to take riders like rogers, kirchen, lovkist, sioustsou plus anyone else who can climb and have a go at the vuelta where they could get someone on the podium. does anyone know if any big riders are actually going to the vuelta?karlboss said:So why take GC riders at all? Maybe so they can contest for KOM, probably not a bad way to go actually, good publicity in securing loads of stage wins plus KOM and green jerseys. Can attack all day and not be considered a fool and who knows if a long points gathering day works out...
and cav is not a liability, unless you refer to the fact he isn't much help in a GC fight
Me too, but that's what you get when you lose riders like Gasparotto and Pfannberger and replace them with Michele Merlo (no offence to Merlo intended).anubisza said:On a personal note, I'm disappointed Barloworld didn't get an invite this year, would have loved to see Robbie Hunter give it a crack.