* Froome declared that the man to keep an eye is Contador;
and vice versa the Spanish said. “The shark of Messina” Nibali,
told us that Quintana was the one to mark. The Colombian simply
commented that he is among the four favorites.
All that they have has been shown so far before the Tour. The
question is, in a deck of 8 cards, with what is coming each ace
to achieve the final victory?
We think the strongest team is Sky, because its captain Froome
with Porte, Roche and Kennaugh are the men on the road for
climbing, while Koneg accompanied by Poels, Thomas and Stannard
will take care of the flat roads.
Novistar is the next on line, since Quintana brings Castriviejo,
Malori, Izaguirre and Dowsett for the flats, then the best
domestic that you could have is Valverde, which with Herrada and
Anacona will guide him in the heights.
Contador brings from De Giro Basso, Rogers and Kreusinger, in
addition Sagan, which it will not be too much of a help, because
he will fight for the green jersey; Tinkoff got reinforced with
a climber like “The Goat” Majka, in addition to Tosatto and
Bennati for flat stages.
Nibali is coming on paper with the weakest squad, Astana’s
Kangert is accompanying him coming from a great work at De Giro
that with Escarponi, Taaramae Fuglsang will escort him uphill,
and men like Boom, Westra Grivko will guide him on the flat
It is possible that a dispute arises, as to the prospect of the
positions given to each of the teams of the 4 aces, but simply
we have been guided by today’s ranking, taken from UCI World