Wiggins for Le Tour….?
So who are the main GC contenders other than Cadel?
As always, the betting odds gives a fair guide (though there has to be a certain amount of British bias here – Wiggins being shorter odds than he should be)Posted 5 years ago
After recent tour i’m unsure if Cadel can do it. He had practically no team around him for most of it, in fact if he had a sky jersey on you would think he was part of the team. He seemed to be struggling on alot of the climbs as well. Wiggo looked smooth, bridging gaps with ease at times. The only thing he misses is that instant accleration of contador or schleck.
I wouldn’t write of the Schlecks either, the tour seems to be made for them. Think Andy will produce the goods.
Think this could be the best tour ever though, liquidgas/cannondale pre tour have been dominating alot, sky looks amazing, radioshak/trek have some awesome characters, euskatel riders are good climbers, saxobank haven’t produced anything but have the ability to do so and omega have some potntial stage winners and obv BMC. ALot of strong teams this yearPosted 5 years agoatlazMember
liquidgas/cannondale pre tour have been dominating alot
Burned themselves up in the Giro though. Drove the pace but didn’t have anything left for the GC so unless they change their tactics I don’t see them as a GC threat.
I think this year it’s unlikely RSNT will have a GC contender. If they’re lucky, a podium finish but the guess is top 10 with a top 5 an outside chance. My guess though is that to silence the critics somewhat they’ll rip everyones legs off on some of the mountain stages to recoup some TT losses. As Contador is signed to Saxobank again, it seems unlikely that Frank and Andy will go elsewhere next year so they need to do something for the sponsors.Posted 5 years agoatlazMember
Interesting comment from Tony Martin about the domestiques at Sky being capable of being captains in other teams. You’d have to wonder then whether this HAS to be the year. With the new Swiss team next year and Saxo needing points, surely Sky might struggle to keep key members of staff in placePosted 5 years agoRusty ShacklefordMember
I don’t follow it closely enough that I can pretend to know who’s in with a shout, but this Grauniad article about Wiggins training in Tenerife is interesting.Posted 5 years agoaracerSubscriber
Frank looked strong in yesterdays Tour de suisse, will be interesting to see how he comes on this week. could be a real threat this year.
Except he’s even worse in a TT than his brother (44th in the opening TT, losing 36s over 7.3km to somebody who’s nowhere near as good as Wiggo). For those who haven’t noticed, Andy is out. It should be between Wiggo, Evans and maybe somebody else you’ve not really heard of before – I don’t think any other “big” names will really be contenders.Posted 5 years agoLapSteelMember
I have had a road bike for well over a year now so obviously know everything about road racing and the classics and I do believe he can do this. I can almost feel the momentum building from the office here in Manchester!
Providing he doesn’t fall off and hurt himself……Posted 5 years ago
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