It looked like those hayballs had been moved, maybe a car had made contact with them earlier?Make sure the hay bales that are supposed to protect the riders don't cause a crash...
There's a difference between not racing and just having a *** demolition derby nuking half the contenders before any "racing" is doneDid it? We lost GC contenders earlier in Tours past. Maybe we should all put them in a climate controlled chamber for pure power to weight ratio. Simpler and no accidents
O'Connor was the other GC contender out of the picture after today.We lost two riders - a guy who has one GT top 10 in his career (a podium which he acquired because a rival who had been stronger throughout the race had a pajará and then an epic tantrum on the penultimate day of the race) in Haig, and a guy who isn't a GC rider in the slightest in Gogl.
Climbers down at the back of the results sheet are people like Verona, Storer and Zeits. Guys like Froome and Woods should be stagehunters so losing time is no problem to them, and riders like Majka, Kuss and Kruijswijk are going to be domestiques later in the race anyway. Really, the only thing here is that Roglič lost time and, sure, the Tour might be over for him... but if it isn't, then he still lost less than 2 minutes, and if the race is over because one rider lost a minute 50 on stage 5 then we may as well just quit now.
O'Connor would have had the same impact on the GC fight as Mas.Yeah well, who cares if Ben O Connor loses 3 minutes. That will probably just make the race better aa theres one less rider to hold on for dear life until getting dropped.
Primoz is the big hit, but then again, we might get to see a better race this way as long as hes not injured and feeling fine.
Im just glad Mas didnt crash as he has done in virtually every race he entered this season.
After his Tour last year and his performance in for example the Dauphiné this year, it's hard to believe he gets as much freedom as last year.O’Connor was 4’56 down after stage 5 last year and finished 4th. He’s only 4’34 down after today so a podium is on the cards for sure
Speaking of motorbikes, something needs to be done about the sheer number of vehicles in the race (& on the cobbles in particular). Ben O'Connor complained about them & he had a serious point.I'd have a single race radio feed only, one directional so both hands are on handlebars. I'd include a dedicated organisers motorbike deployed 100yds infront of the first group on the road of more than 10 riders (smaller groups have better visibility). This bike would be responsible for calling out road furniture, sharp bends and narrowing roads and saying 'caution' as an advisory to riders if there was an elevated risk. There would be no requirement for riders to slow down but at least they'd be forewarned.