- 07/18/2013, 06:29AM ET
HighwayCrossingFrog said 07/18, 06:29 AM
I'm calling my shot!
It's bold and risky..
And if he is going to lose a big chunk of time then it has to be today, when they do alp d'huez twice!!
So for me, the only 2 guys that could make a challenge are contador and the young Colombian Quinta.. One of them has to go for broke and attack on the first lap of alp d'huez..
Froome either let's them go..
goes with them but risks collapsing in the second lap..
I personally think Quinta looks stronger in the mountains over contador..
But contador is more desperate..
THIS IS EXCITING..
There's still 2 more mountain stages after today..
But if anything major is going to happen..
It has to be today..
Argos. said 07/18, 08:02 AM
I've watched every stage of this year's Tour, and Froome has been far and away the best rider.
Froome had one of the fastest times ever in the Ax 3 Domaines. He has also won two of the four mountain. The other riders haven't even been on his level, he is just so dominating right now. He is the King of the Mountains! And there is 3 mountain stages left (the big one today).
Yesterday happened. I wasn't sold on Froome. I thought he would lose time. He is not a strong time trialist. I thought for sure Contador would gain at least 20 seconds. But then, Froome won the time trial. There is nothing he can't do!
Plus Froome has Richie Porto. Porto has raced a great team race, and has lead Froome through the mountains and ensured no one breaks away and gets to far from the peleton. When someone attacks, Porto has lead Froome up to them, before Froome then passes them.
Contador has not looked like himself this tour, and has run out of gas at the end of each stage and unable to close or keep up. (Maybe cause he is off the PEDs finally?). Quinta doesn't have the team, and is already nearly 7 minutes back.
HighwayCrossingFrog said 07/19, 05:44 PM
I guess people were too tired to attack today..
I still think there will be fireworks tomorrow..
If I had to guess Quinta is the strongest followed by Rodriguez..
Argos. said 07/20, 11:05 AM
Froome has been amazing. Deserving of this tour win. Congrats to him. Even when he had a cushion, he never gave up any time.
Porte deserves a lot of credit too. Has done great work for Froome. Watch Porte to leave Sky this transfer period in the offseason, and become the team leader of a team and be a top contender for next years tour. Wiggins may leave Sky too, and you can have three ex-sky teammates competiting for the Tour next year.
Contador has been pathetic of late. He cant finish. Without the PEDs, he isnt that great.
If Valverde did not have that stage where the wind split the peloton and he had his bike break and couldn't catch up, he may have challenged Froome. Hes had a great finish and was in 2nd before that stage.
His teammate, Quinta, has had one of the best first time Tours ever. He's only 22 and is gonna finish 2nd in his forst ever Tour! Hes gonna win a couple in his future I think.
Froome though was the best rider in the 100th Tour and deserving of the win. First ever African to win (even if he races for GB).
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