Leipheimer doesn't look like he's anywhere near the kind of form he would need to win the TT. This isn't even the normal "mediocre" Leipheimer, let alone the exceptional one of last year's tour, he looks relatively bad.bas said:Levi will pull out the stage win for the ITT?
How's the weather looking?
Dwayne Barry said:Leipheimer doesn't look like he's anywhere near the kind of form he would need to win the TT. This isn't even the normal "mediocre" Leipheimer, let alone the exceptional one of last year's tour, he looks relatively bad.
Unless he's got the most super aero position in the bunch I can't see him putting out the power to win it.
I'd say surprise winner could be Pinotti, equal odds that Contador or Menchov take it.
I think the only way Contador loses it, is if he has an very bad ride and Ricco has an exceptionally good ride.uzziefly said:Contador might even win it but I think Bruseghin has a good shot too (Italian TT champ right?)
Dwayne Barry said:I think the only way Contador loses it, is if he has an very bad ride and Ricco has an exceptionally good ride.
Contador was faster than everyone just behind him except Menchov (more or less even) on the flat part of the 1st time trial.
Hard to see Contador riding so poorly and someone else riding so well as to overcome the 2+ minutes they need.
bas said:It's mostly flat/downhill.. I think he'll appreciate that and - maybe we can hope he scores a top 7 then?? [/QUTOTE]
As far as Levi being in the top 7, no way in hell as he's 35 minutes down. Unless he drafts a formula one car with chains tied to his bike etc etc, no freaking way.
And that 35 minutes was based on YESTERDAY's stage too.
Bruseghin is only 1:56 back, and exceptional against the clock. Alas, the stage is only 28.5k, so I think the most he could put into Ricco would be 90 seconds or so.sokudo said:Any chance Bruseghin and Pelizotti or Menshov can get ahead of Ricco in GC?
Mosovich said:My pick is David Miller...
Disco Channel always worked on their riders in the wind tunnel.brentster said:Weren't they saying last year in Le Tour that "this kid Contador isn't very good in the time trials" and that it was possible that he was going to lose the yellow jersey on the second to last day. I remember he managed a respectible time (20th or so).
Now, less than a year later, the 130 pound spaniard is favored to win flat ITT's? Pretty amazing if that's the case.
If you want an English speaking winner, and were thinking of tipping Miller, then its probably worth remembering that Wiggins has been a consistently better time-trialler than Miller over the last 2 years.Mosovich said:My pick is David Miller...
bas said:Disco Channel always worked on their riders in the wind tunnel.
I imagine Contador got some wind tunnel work in his year there.