Originally Posted by newfydog
Only if you ignore the Tours of Italy and Spain his boys won, with no Lance in the field. This tour isn't looking so good for him, but I doubt he'll ever have trouble finding a job.
The TdF GC is now a lost cause for Johann. It may have been a case of too many Generals, and not enough troops. If he had wanted to make Salvodeli or Popi the team leader for the Tour, would George and the other non-leader really be willing to play Domestique for him? Maybe, maybe not. But this strategy was even worse, because they blow themselves up trying to prove they (each one) should be the leader, and have no ability to continue with that stregnth.
George blew up yetserday. If he had had Popi or Paolo leading him up the first 3-4 climbs, maybe he would have survived?? Or maybe if Azevedo and Popi would have worked together to get one of them (the designated team leader) across the line in Floyd's group?
I think it was a terrible strategy to go into the TdF without a team leader and full agreement of everyone else to work for that person. And now, it's only going to get worse. Disco had some great riders on their team, but none of them will finish in the top 10 of the GC, and maybe not in the top 25.
Look at Levi. He melted during the TT, but with the help of 2-3 other teammates, he stayed with Floyd. George would have been better off not pushing himself so hard in the TT. If he had known he'd get help from his team in the mountains, he could have gone a bit easier, maybe lost a few more seconds, but had the energy to survive the big mountains. And now, with no motivation, who knows what will happen. If Johann is smart, he'll get George and the rest of the team to work for for Popi, and see if they can keep him close to Floyd.