On paper, today's stage should be suited to a punchy rider in the Damiano Cunego mould, but the Italian told Gazzetta dello Sport this morning that his Tour preparation has been based around improving his resistance in the longer climbs of the Alps and Pyrenees, and he reckons that he is lacking the power to match Evans, Contador and Gilbert on a day like today.
“I’ll be happy to finish just behind the best, or even better, up there with them,” Cunego told Gazzetta. “I don’t consider it a mountain stage, but a day that’s suited to explosive riders, because the finish is at the top of a climb.”
“In recent days I’ve shown that I don’t have the same power of people like Gilbert, Evans, Contador and Vinokourov. I’ve worked a lot for the longer climbs, and they’ll come too. And so will the heat.”