Alejandro Valverde will surely wilt on at least one of the showpiece stages, Levi Leipheimer and Andreas Kloden will only get a chance to go for it if comrade Contador comes to grief
, and up-and-comers Robert Gesink and Igor Anton will do well to shine in what is an aboveaverage field.
WINNER: Van de Velde shows off his trophy yesterday' LOSER: Van de Velde comes to grief
in the water at Carnoustie
MUD BATH: Ryan Fisher; GROUNDED: Stuart Robson comes to grief
in the rain.
The trio are in a line at the second-last, where Border Incident comes to grief
, and in a tremendous battle Tommy Carmody gets Silver Buck home by a length and a half from Night Nurse, ridden by Jonjo O'Neill.
1928: 100-1 shot Tipperary Tim is the only horse to put in a clear round as each of his 41 rivals comes to grief
ROAD TO NOWHERE: Shane Byrne comes to grief
on the first bend of yesterday's German GP.
There is further drama when Great Span loses his jockey with a slipping saddle two out and US-owned Billy Barton comes to grief
at the last when upsides before being remounted for second.