Its not a matter of one stand-out rider. Any rider can have a good day, and most guys who have made it to the pros have some skill or other that leads to a stage or two playing to their skills.
Its about a whole team of guys who seem to be riding a different race from the rest, a whole team destroying the field. That's what Armstrong and his team did back in the day, when their doping tech was a step ahead of the rest. I wish I could believe that they just "work harder", as their coach said in interview after stage 8. That's what Armstrong said too.
...so, sad to say, to me the tour is looking more like the same-old than something new. Maybe I'm just a skeptic, and I'd be happy to be wrong, but a whole team of super-men is less likely than that Sky has some legal or illegal doping program going.
...on edit, I'm just watching the 9th stage now, and its a different story today. Long race, and I hope I can cheer the winners by the end.
Last edited by bhikkhu; 07-07-13 at 11:16 PM.