the rationale is that he is remarkably inconsistent. he's won 3 world championships
but disappeared for huge chunks of the season (sometimes due to injury, sometimes
due to???). he'll bunny-hop a curb to gain a tdf stage-winning advantage but not be in
the mix for a week or more afterwards. climbs pretty well for a sprinter and can
mix it up in the classics. friere is like water; he can batter down a concrete wall
or slip down the drain. as soon as you bet against him, he'll make you look like a
fool. as soon as you bet on him to win the green jersey...