Mark, on 20 May 2011 - 08:26 PM, said:
It depends: if we're talking LBL or the Tour, he'd have plenty to say. Otherwise, he couldn't be bothered to care.
Well as long as Frank is in the race, we can be absolutely sure they won't do anything remotely sensible, tactically!
Jayhawk, on 20 May 2011 - 11:29 PM, said:
Well, yes, frankly. Domenico Pozzovivo, though he's been a dud so far, and JRod, & Igor Anton. And of course I thought Nibali & Scarponi would be right up there, putting the pressure on. Rujano too, providing he didn't succumb to his quirks. I believed Contador would prevail, but I didn't expect him to blow cycling's premier climbers out of the water.
I have a feeling that Purito and Anton entered this race half-heartedly, they minds are already on giving the Vuelta another crack after they failed last year (for different reasons obviously) which is not surprising as it is their home tour.
The Italians, on the other hand ... Scarponi may not really be cut out for the really hard GTs (even if he won the queen stage last year - king stage being the Tonale stage) but more powerful on the shorter climbs. I also feel he may have spread his form too thin, remember his awesome performance 2 whole months ago in MSR??
Nibali is a bit puzzling, he has staked his entire season on this race, being named captain from the start, doing more than one training camp on Etna alone (which has become quite the training destination, do they perhaps have more lenient pharmaceutical regulations in Sicily?) having the home court advantage on that particular stage, but still he just doesn't look as sharp as last year. Even when he is just riding tempo with the gruppo, he looks on his limit. I wouldn't be surprised if Gadret ends up on the podium.