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post #61 of 69
In the end, Evens' team wasn't strong enough in the mountains, whereas CSC had 3 riders who could have won.

Congratulations to Sastre though, he still had to ride a strong time trial to secure the win.
post #62 of 69
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Congratulations to Sastre though, he still had to ride a strong time trial to secure the win.
He sure did. Great time trial by Sastre. I was talking to someone the other day and saying I don't even know why Silence would pay Evans the money that they do and then not give him the tools to do the job. Just like last year he was by himself. The difference is hat this year he was the guy everyone was gunning for.

As I said in the first post, someone always rises to the occasion. Bernie Kohl anyone? I'll have my eye on him. Andy Schleck? That guy will win a tour. I think he probably needs a few more years to mature before he'll be ready to go the distance, but wow. Who else stuck out for you guys?
post #63 of 69
Christian Vande Velde had a great tour.....


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Team Columbia could have not have dreamed of more for their first outing
post #64 of 69
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Who else stuck out for you guys?
Konstantin Siutsou, who I think has a bit more potential than Danny Pate.

Barloworld's Chris Froome did pretty well.

Who would you have had on Silence that wasn't? (And don't say Contador).
post #65 of 69
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Who would you have had on Silence that wasn't? (And don't say Contador).
O'Grady, Cancellara and the Schlecks. They might be unavailable though. They probably expected more from Popovych too. I did. How about Leif Hoste? I don't know, a couple of motors and a few guys that can climb. Maybe that would be a good role for Cunego. There were a couple of riders that climbed well and had no GC or even KOM hopes. Who were those ag2r guys that kept hanging around?
post #66 of 69
You mean Valjavec and Efimkin?

Need someone strong enough to have broken up the CSC pack on the Croix de Fer, Valjavec maybe. I had been thinking Sandy Casar. Freire?
post #67 of 69
Also comes down to budget. Simon Gerrans (Credit Agricole) in a TV interview this morning mentioned that their team budget is around $15m. Evans has already said that CSC's budget was 2.5 times greater than SL's. You can buy a lot of domestiques for that money and Popov alone was not enough to help Evens.
post #68 of 69
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It's true that budget has a lot to do with it, but as with any other team sport, if you brin in one superstar and surround him with scrubs you'll still lose. Don't bother getting Evans if you can't afford to support him.
post #69 of 69
True. Would prefer a champion team to a team of champions.
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