Strange race in that it’s rare for a course like this not to see at least one threatening group spring from distance with outside favourites and domestiques from the big teams.
Definitely would have thought with their squads then Italy and Spain would have been better getting guys like Soler and Caruso up the road. Surprised and disappointed that nobody followed the Dumoulin move as that was the point where they could have shaken up the race.
Alaphillipe timed it well and deserves it though I am not really a fan.
Another race continuing the trend of the last decade or so where well matched riders at the end of big long classics seem to be finding it increasingly difficult to reel in lone attackers with a single digit gap.
Too many riders seem more afraid of giving the rest of their group a chance than losing their own chance entirely through not pulling hard enough. It seems like riders now will only ever cooperate enough if they are of virtually the same level of finishing kick.
No idea about Italy, but I'm convinced non of the Spaniards were good enough to do anything more that what they did.