Originally Posted by Romans8:28
Perhaps this is obvious, but "going with AC" is easier said than done. It's difficult to mark someone who can drop you......
Check the history. He does not drop everyone everytime he attacks. In fact he rarely drops the contenders the first time he attacks. His huge advantage is he recovers quickly and can go again, and again.
The Radioshack guys never were his main competition. But each of them is strong enough to ahve a good chance of going with him when he attacks. Well going with him one time. Doubtful the same guy will be there for the second attack.
But that is to their advantage when it comes to getting a podium spot.
The way things stand now what do you think AC would do if he attacked and only Levi gets his wheel? Will he spend and energy trying to drop Levi? Nope. If there is enough road left where riders can help eachother he would even be happy to work with Levi. AC would be thrilled to work with Levi and deal with the score of seconds difference between them later.\
Levi is just the one where it is painfully obvious. But it still holds for the others, perhaps with the modification of working with them until the last couple of kms of the final climb. And of course the same holds for any of the pure climbers who are poor TT guys. Ac does not nead to drop everyone every time. And the Radioshack guys are a bitdown the list of guys AC needs to drop.