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  • CC

    SBS interview – Richie Porte confirmed (worst kept secret) it was his last tour with Sky.

  • Chucky Beans

    Froome is terrifying. And his team is just brutally good. (I wish Froome were more interesting and more physically attractive too — I admit to my banality here; he’s such a bland and pallid drone…who can ride like hell…) I had hoped that this would be Quintana’s tour. Does anyone think Quintana can realistically make up that time on Froome?

    • peteonbike


    • Peter

      We haven’t hit the mountains yet. Everything will change in the mountains. Froome will still be there, but Quintana, NIbali, Contador may well cause him some grief. The mountains will also be the test for Tejay. Can he keep up with the other GC contenders? Can he go better than them?

    • Sean

      Yep of course he can. Big time can be lost and made up in the mountains.

      Also style doesn’t win a TDF!

    • sli1

      I have similar feelings about Froome but its my issue, not his. What else can the guy do?
      Yes Quintana can make up the time. Valverde is not bad lieutenant to have on the climbs. If the GC remains close between several contenders they will work together against the dominant figure (Froome at this stage). Also, look at the type of riders – Contador will keep attacking, even if he isn’t at his very peak, we have seen that many times. Quintana simply has to attack. Nibali (if he still there after SKY ride their fast tempo uphill) will attack and although he is unlikely to win, Sky can’t let him go up the road. I don’t think TJ has the explosiveness to drop Froome but I expect him to hang in there in most circumstances.

      Froome is in really good form and will see attack as the best form of defense. Sky will ride a blistering tempo on the climbs (with Froome and Porte why wouldn’t you) to discourage attacks from the others but when the climb is long and there a few guys left its going to be real exciting.

      • Dave

        Don’t forget that Contador and Nibali will attack Froome on the descents too. Expect them to just try and keep pace tomorrow night rather than attacking, then go for it on Wednesday night on the descent of the Col du Tourmalet.

        • Sean

          yeah good call, Froome is a pretty horrid descender compared to those two.

    • Daniel

      Quintana is not so far behind that he cannot make up the distance. Last year’s Tour was one by far more than 2 minutes, as was this year’s Giro and last years also.
      Froome looks unstoppable, however. He is riding like he did in 2013. Let’s not forget that he pipped Quintana on all bar one stage in that year’s Tour. I cannot see Nibali returning. You can’t write Contador off but he is looking very Tour 2011 at the moment. Teejay could not have had a better first week.
      I’m still liking Froome, Quintana, Van Garderen for the podium, in that order. Contador top 5.


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