Anyway, today is the big day, on what has been a fairly quiet tour so far. I'm hoping for massive attacks from Evans and Nibaldi all day to wear Wiggins down. The problem for them is Froome sitting in second in the GC, so they're effectively having to do twice as much work.
I wonder about this.
Tactics are what it is about today. The chasers don't want to break Wiggins too early on the ride, as all that would happen is that Froome will be released which means that overall, they've gained nothing other than maybe +1 in the GC. Therefore, it could be that the first part of the day is hard paced, to take it out of both riders, but with the real push coming later on. The hope then being that Froome also breaks from carrying Wiggins all day.
This will probably happen, but I'd like it to start from the get go. There's some big hills about.
However, I dare say that Wiggins will fix a pace which he won't move from, and let some small breaks occur knowing that he can reel them back, as he did on more than one occasion to Evans last week. The man is a machine.
He doesn't so much as climb up the mountains, he grinds up them, and I think that's really, really good.
Worst case for SKY I suppose is that Wiggins cracks about halfway through, and Froome gets petulant and zooms off. Although I suspect he is too professional for that. Despite leaving his noseplugs in on day one.
Nonetheless, I won't get to see it today, as I'm off to Leeds straight after work to grab some dinner and attend the theater. Boohiss. I might be able to watch the highlights on my return.