Originally Posted by thomas p
Dont agree with the Basso comment,just came off a long lay off.I think he will be much better in 2010 much better.The rest of what you say is spot on
i'd love to see basso return to his 2004 tour de france form. his 2006 giro form is...shall we say...one for the record
books and not attainable again. i see his role on liquigas as similar to armstrong's on astana this past tdf. wants to be
there. can still make a difference. another rider(s) (pellizotti, kreuziger, nibali) is slightly stronger than basso is. basso
starts well but by the third week (or earlier) is relegated (whether due to conditioning, physical limitations or
director sportif orders) to riding as a super domestique. he'll be either the last man to drop off during the steep
climbs or the first to go on the long breakaway. basso's time trialing & climbing abilities will keep him within a respectable
distance. not too close or too far from the podium-within 10-15 minutes of the eventual winner i'd say. for basso
to podium at a gt, everything would have to break right for him and break wrong for the other gt contenders on his
team (crash, illness, injury, non-negative drug test, rasmussen-style dq...) and some others on rival teams. too many
uncertainties=top ten-twenty finish. if all of the liquigas big boys absolutely buried themselves without question or any ambition
of their own for basso's sake in any gt, then maybe. i'm not holding my breath.
i wonder with basso, if his style would work for some of the punchier classics like l-b-l, flanders, san sebastian,
amstel and lombardia instead of the gt's? would be interested to see him at least attempt to win one or more of them.
basso still has enuff, imo, to win pretty much any of the one week tours. without any gt ambitions other than riding as a
supporting rider, he could go all out in the tour of california, paris-nice, switzerland, germany, romandie and win one or two.