I wouldn't rule that out, in the last shot I spotted him in before the finish he seemed to be struggling. I was surprised he didn't end up losing any time.I noticed him but I was looking for him frequently. He stayed fairly close to the front the whole climb which could be a good sign but then he sometimes has a tendency to hang on too long and really blow himself up.
They can't do it in the same way, given that Impey at that time just had to finish four or five places in front of Gerrans.He's still in that group of about 10 riders sitting at 13secs on GC - would absolutely love to see him get a stint in yellow, even just for a day.
Maybe Mitchelton can figure out slipping the jersey to him the same way they did it from Gerrans to Impey - can't imagine many GC contenders feeling threatened by him taking 20secs one day
Yeah you're right, probably just wishful thinking on my behalf. More complicated than the Gerrans/Impey situation.They can't do it in the same way, given that Impey at that time just had to finish four or five places in front of Gerrans.
Nobody will be gifting any time to any rider who was in the front group on Orcières-Merlette.