Sunday, July 5, 2009


Astana has 4 riders in the top 10. None of them are time trial specialists, they are all stage race winners and podium finishers. Garmins leader is in 19th, Cervelo's leader in 21st, Rabobank's off the back. In the top 10 only Cadel Evans and 4 Astana boys are competitive, well maybe Roman Kreuzinger. So why pick a leader on the second day, all four of those riders deserve to be a leader. They would be the leader of almost any other team. Would you rather be Cadel in 5th with no teammates to help or Alberto with three guys right there. That should mean no pressure. Don't read too much into the press, as Paul Sherwen said -there are 3000 journalists covering the TDF and 1000 are making up their own story. Remember who is directing this team, Johann has won 8 TDFs, one Vuelta and I am thinking two Giros. Don't be too quick to judge. Now back to enjoying the race.

1 comment:

andytrailfettler said...

yep agree, Astana are in the enviable postion of being the strongest team by far for GC with many cards to play. The winner will come from them.

what I don't like is the lack of team unity in Astana - body language doesn't lie. Yes the press spin/stir things and make up stories, but I much prefer the exceptional team spirit on display in the Columbia HTC team for example.

Of course, team spirit alone doesn't win you the GC..