Hello all...long time lurker, first time poster...
I'm curious who you all predict will win the polka-dot jersey this year. It seems like there are clear favorites for the GC and the green jersey. But, it doesn't seem like anyone has emerged as a favorite for the king of the mountains. Obviously, someone who is a GC contender could end up with it just by controlling major mountain stages. However, I have a sneaking suspicion that there is someone in the starting list that will emerge, like Virenque--or others before him--to strategically attack on the long, multi-mountain stages.
It likely won't be Armstrong, Ullrich, Vinokourov, Leipheimer, etc...because those guys would never be able to escape the peloton.
It likely won't be a lieutenant to any of those guys simply because it would be stupid to burn someone's major climbing support on a stage that may prevent the guy from providing support on a later stage.
Who? Heras? I don't think so because he will be marked on an attack. Botero...nope...especially because he can TT.
Who is the KOM contender this year?