“The interesting thing is whether Philippe will be good enough. He’s been coming good in the last few weeks but is he going to be good enough for today? That’s the one big question.
“Then you have the rest. You have Rodriguez, you have Sanchez, Schleck who will be there, and Valverde. He’s been off the pace a little though.
“Last year Gilbert could have ridden away earlier but he knew that even with the two Schlecks, he was in such good shape that they weren’t’ able too attack.
“This year is a more level playing field. Gilbert will be there and we’ll see if he’s improved but he wont have that killer punch that he had last year and that will give the other guys much better chances. He has to ride conservatively and save as much as possible and follow. If he gets to the sprint, because he’s going to arrive with guys like Schleck, then he’s probably the fastest. He can’t afford to go on the attack early, not the current form he’s in.”