Today’s stage in Paris-Nice illustrates two things, depending how you want to view it:
- Alberto Contador made a youthful mistake with his “bonk”
- Alberto Contador doesn’t have a strong team around him to win the GC in this one-week stage race.
Some observers are already raising the specter Contador doesn’t have sufficient quality riders around him to win the overall GC, and had no option but be left alone to cover a flurry of attacks on a key climb late in the stage.
Is Contador Astana’s No. 1 rider? Did he ride too hard in the previous stage win?
Is Paris-Nice, one of Astana’s goals for a win, or will it be called a good place to learn from mistakes?
Contador has already proven he knows how to win the Grand Tours. Did he and the team under-estimate Paris-Nice?