Did he still not have plates in his leg during the Vuelta and had them taken out over the winter which would have maybe put his training back a little? I still think he is preparing for his 5th Tour next year. This year is still mega preparation, building up with races. All this racing and dropping out of contention towards the end of stages may well be part of the plan. He's just telling a different story with trolling folk saying he will be targeting the Tour this year. If anything I think he may target a top 10 at the Vuelta later this year and go all out next year. It's a 5 year deal he has with Isreal, not sure they expected him to get his 5th so soon after his accident.