Retired Pro Rider/DS
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: second guessing Olaf and Rudy
Rasmussen really only has to do one thing to win the KOM and that is keep a leash on Pereiro and maybe Botero. If say Pereiro were to continue to try to gain points in the KOM competition, Rasmussen would not be handicapped by the entire peloton following Rabobank in a chase to pull Pereiro back or lead Rasmussen up to Pereiro. Rasmussen doesn't have to initiate any breaks to win KOM. All he has to do now is follow Pereiro and and maybe Botero and, if he has to follow a break with Pereiro in it, he has his entire team to help and who cares who comes along. The main GC contenders may find themselves more threatened by his defense of the KOM in that he could possibly gain time on them. Probably his other main competition in the KOM competition aside from Pereiro would be Botero, Moreau, and Boogerd. I haven't tallied the points, but Boogerd is on his team so he can count him out. Moreau is a threat in the final time trial so the main GC contenders will keep a leash on him for Rasmussen, and so that leaves Pereiro and Botero that Rabobank need to watch.