Here is my theory.
As Porte said “we got our arses kicked”.No Kiriyenka,an injured Thomas,off form Lopez,Stannard and Siutsou.Leaving EBH,Porte and a shaken up Kennaugh.
The stages this week are as follows:
Stage 10 – flat
Stage 11 – TT
Stage 12 – Flat
Stage 13 – Flat
Stage 14 – Lumpy but nothing serious
Stage 15 – Mount Ventoux
What Sky could do without is burning out their riders.I think stage 10 is perfect for letting a break go and allowing a rider to claim the yellow jersey with a fair few minutes to spare.That’s because Froome will make up time on the time-trial.It would really help Sky,in the final week,if they were able to rest this week.Froome will obviously be favourite to take the jersey back on Mount Ventoux.Are you listening Dave Brailsford?
- Froome survives Pyrenees onslaught to retain Tour de France yellow jersey (theglobeandmail.com)