Keely wrote:I'd like to see some of the great descenders really take it to Sky. Wiggans and Sky are rather cautios on the descents... I wonder what would happen if other teams took up leading the peleton on the descent and then left all the climbing/chasing to Sky.
The thing is that you need to be at the front approaching the top of the climb in order to be at the front when the descent starts so its not that simple. In any case, I think that was Cadel's plan on the day off the tack attack. He was trying to move to the front just as they were approaching the crest, then he punctured. No coincidence last night that Froome moved to the front of Nibali just before the last crest to nullify a downhill escape. Both Wiggins and Froome have also heard these rumours that they are disadvantaged by descents so they make an effort to go faster. And they aren't that bad in the dry.
For this to work it needs to be a technical descent - twisty, narrow, a bit rough, and wet if possible. Wiggins and Froome have so far had no trouble keeping up on the dry, wide and reasonably straight descents.
Last year Cadel put over a minute into Schleck on a downhill finish but that was a wet day on a fairly narrow road.