This year’s Tour de Suisse surpassed the Dauphine for competitiveness and stood out as the supreme tune-up for the Tour de France. Here we found out that the Little Prince, Damiano was more of an accidental winner of the Giro back in 2004. Damiano showed he can climb and sprint but can not time trail. This style makes him more of a Classics rider suited for the tough courses like Liege-Bastogne-Liege in the Spring and the Tour of Lombardy in the fall. His downfall in stage races? Time trialing.
In a medium length course, Levi Leipheimer put more than two minutes into Cuenego allowing him to take first place but four seconds.
The only question I have now is who should I pull for in the Tour de France. Dauphine winner Bradley Wiggins and Levi are solid top ten to top five picks but ate not podium worthy. Andy Schleck did not impress me. Does Contador even have hotel reservations? It should be exciting.