Originally Posted by maxmartin
a disaster for GS today
Tom D lost 9min, what happened?
When Farrar was involved in the crash, did they send two guys to pace him back? If so that is just plain stupid.
Guess they have to focus to protect Ryder as the only GC hope
Danielson suffered a separated shoulder in one of the crashes and barely managed to finish.
No they didn't send back riders to help Farrar, that was a misreading by Harmon then repeated on the forum.
Hesjedal is their primary GC man now, although at least officially he was always supposed to be. It remains to be seen how well he can hold his form, but in theory he's capable of a good GC result.
VdV didn't lose so much time that he will cease to be protected quite yet. He'll be the GC fallback option.
Danielson will be a domestique now, assuming he recovers from the fall.
Martin was also extremely unlucky today. He was trapped behind a crash and then burned himself up trying to get VdV back to the front. It's a pity that this happened on a day when he could have been a contender, but probably a good thing that he lost a big chunk of time early. Given the parcours, he shouldn't really be trying for a GC result at all. At least now he should be let off the leash.
Farrar just has no form this year at all. God only knows what's up with him.