I was hoping for fireworks today...(well TDG did a good job) and thought JRod would (along with Scarponi) be aggressive and put the hurt on Ryder et al. Unfortunately my vision was not met (bummer
). I believe they both played it safe, aiming for a high GC finish but not gambling all, for a possible GC win.
Maybe JRod feared exploding and kept to his routine, thereby minimizing his "losses"...as in, avoiding the possibility of disintegrating while also gaining a few seconds with his last minute sprint.
Likewise Scarponi...he was hanging on, about on the limit, only really pushing when he "knew" he could finish without "dying" before the finish.
I was disappointed, but then I was not facing invidious choices.