QUOTE(barry-clari @ Jul 13 2012, 08:38 AM)
3:19 ahead of second place. Second place being another Briton
Not sure where you've got your figures from, but the official listing has him 3:19 ahead of 4th
place (Evans) with Froome in 2nd at 2:05 and Nibali in 3rd at 2:23. The higher positions in the GC didn't change at all today.
Having a British 1-2 in the tour is a bit of a weird concept.
I haven't seen enough to gauge how the European press are taking to it? I know they don't tend to like American or Australian leaders, but how are they taking to a European rider who isn't from Continental Europe?
Part of me is wondering whether Froome might actually come out on top.
He seems to be the stronger of the two in the mountains and is pretty canny at the time trialling too (as the British 1-2 in the last t-t showed).
Nibali would need to be at least a minute ahead after the mountains and then would need to ride the time trial of his life, but does have the potentail to take a chunk of time out of Wiggo in the Pyrennees.
Evans has never really convinced me, even though he won last year. I think his current standing is probably accurate for hime - a very good all round rider, but lacking the spark needed for a convincing win.
I think it is a shame that Andy Schlek isn't around this year.
To me, he would have been the deserved winner last year. I know that the overall time made Evans the winner, but I feel that Schlek did more than him. Shame about Schlek's time trialling weaknesses...