Re: The Cycling discussion thread
Wow, what a climb that was. 4.41 for the last k. Another perefect stage for Purito, and he again look awesome. Bertie looks great and is getting stronger by the day from the look of things. Piti put in a good ride. Froome, well, well, well, it's seriously gotten to him now, already as well. I thought he was massively dropped for a second but he fought hard to limit the loss, which again puts him on the back foot, 51 secs down now. Worrying times indeed.
Back to the TT, (agree, the TDF needs a constant stage like this) which was a similar story. Purito with an amazing ride to keep the jersey, Contador with an amazing ride to bring the gap back to just a second, Piti with an amazing ride to stay within a minute, and Froome, yet again, unimpressive. The TT layout certainly didn't suit him compared to how it did the others, the whole tour so far has played into the Spanish hands, and moreso guys like Purito with the punchy climbs. As they get longer it should help Froome more and hopefully Sky can really come to the fore, Xandio is out, so one man down after today. This is no excuse though, Froome is definitely underpar so far and isn't looking like he will find the form to wrestle this back, he has an awful lot to do and has to hope others falter.
Obviously Bertie has the massive advantage now with the way things are going to go, with Purito needing to hold on as best he can to him. Froome is looking like he might not even make the podium at this rate, he has to turn things around fast. With the 3 big climbs back to back coming after tomorrows stage looking even more critical, if he hasn't pulled things together by then he is out the running for sure. We will have a much better idea of where we stand afterwards. I fancy Bertie to have a nice lead.
Last edited by Jobberwacky : 08-31-2012 at 12:18 AM.