but then why leave it so late to try and cut the gap back ? at 1km it looked like Laporte had it won, WvA cuts the gap superbly to take it to the line but in so doing knackered his sprint for it
so I dont see what any of them sitting back hoped to gain by waiting on a circuit like that, its not like they hadnt done it a few times to know the way the course ran so would have a good idea where theyd have to commit to pull a 10sec gap back, its like almost they just expected Laporte to tire or give up.
Laporte was super strong. Full credit to him for holding on superbly after his solo.
I did think he was committing tactical suicide by attacking with Belgium/Netherland/Denmark having 2 riders each, but I guess this is also why noone responded to the attack on the last lap.