Apparently he discovered these massive discrepancies in fit during this year's Tour. No mention of it during months of complaining later about his bike, the team, etc. Didn't seem noteworthy when discussing how his "saddle slipped" in the Route d'Occitaine. His list of reasons for not being selected doesn't include these "very big discrepancies" in fit. Odd. This article is from July 13, during the Tour. He must have discovered the discrepancies afterwards...but weird that he immediately noticed the saddle mis-fit, but not the overall "very big" problem with fit of the bike. So strange...
"The Mont Ventoux one-day classic didn't go well for me at all," he admitted. "I had a bit of a mechanical, I had something get stuck in my cranks right at the foot of Ventoux. I changed bikes, got onto a spare bike and for some reason the handlebar was completely bent so it must have got knocked by something on the roof of the car, so I had to change bikes again.
"I mean, first of all I'm not really a great one-day rider, I've never really had a top result in a one-day race so doing a few one-day races wasn't really ideal.
"I did also do Route d'Occitanie which had one big day of climbing and it was down to that one big day of climbing that I needed to show what I'd be capable of doing in the Tour de France but unfortunately I just felt completely locked up through my lower back.
"I could feel something wasn't right, I wasn't pushing right on the bike. Having finished the stage I asked Gary [Israel-Premier Tech mechanic Gary Blem] to check things on the bike and he saw straight away that my saddle set back had slipped. I was basically too stretched on the bike and not really pushing in the right position. That was frustrating because that was my only real chance to show myself before the Tour de France."