Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe
Right, so last year he didn't beat Nibali by 3 minutes, Van Den Brouck by 7', TVG by 8, Evans by 12'.... Yeah.
And again, we've basically only had 1 mountain finish and 1 ITT. Yes, the deficits are big, but it's a long race, and Team Sky is not looking anywhere near as strong as last year.
I'm with Bigfred on this one. Last year, tons of Intarnet denizens were screeching like the Furies because Froome was being held back to help Wiggins on a few climbs. Now that Wiggins is out, it suddenly makes no sense that Froome is basically performing as well as he did last year? Really?
There were questions about the Sky train last year too. UK Postal and all that. Remember Wiggo's "w***ers, c***s" outburst when asked about doping? After 2 years (2010, 2011) of close run, competitive tours not dominated by any one team, we suddenly had Sky come in with Wiggins, who'd been a solid top 10 tour rider before but getting on a bit, and Froome, a 27 year old who'd never done much before, and suddenly they're putting minutes into everybody on every climb. It's not a surprise compared to last year, it's this year on top of last year.