Viking wrote:At least it frees everyone up to go for stage wins, assuming anyone can still ride a bike.
Yes that's about the sum of it.
They are well and truly out of it in GC terms. No chance of their traditional top 10, let alone the better result they were hoping for. One of their potential GC men is out and the other two have lost shedloads of time. Even Dan Martin, who wasn't supposed to be going for GC in the first place, has lost huge amounts of time due to crashes despite not actually hitting the deck himself.
The only team who comes close to them in the bad luck stakes is Rabobank, but even they still have guys in top 10 contention.
They'll be riding like a French wildcard team now, trying to put people in every break. And hopefully they'll go nuts on the climbs with Martin and, if healthy, Hesjedal. They certainly aren't going to be marked for GC purposes.