Posted: Thu Oct. 23, 2008 9:55 am
Lance is probably my favorite for the Giro, but who will comprise the team will have a big influence on the outcome. Contador will probably skip this race to focus on France like Lance used to do, this will also alleviate most inter-team tension for this event.
Have to go with Contador in France, my gut tells me he will be able to drop Lance on the big climbs. Lance may get ahead of Contador in the individual time trials however, creating an interesting scenerio going into the last mountain stages. With the return of the team time trial this year, Astana may have several riders at the front of the field. Could be Astana vs Astana vs Astana for the GC, may get ugly.
Vuelta? Who knows? I would love to see the team ride in full support of Levi, but there may be too many hurt feelings from France for this to happen.
If Vino rejoins Astana, all of this may not matter as France would probably pull the team's invitation. No chance this will happen IMO.