Only partly kidding. Vingegaard was appointed to give his bike to Roglic in case of bike problems, so in that regard it was right that he stopped. On the other side Roglic didn't need 4 guys for the final 10 km on those twisty roads after his crash. One less rider wouldn't have made the difference.You're kidding, right? When Roglic crashed, no one knew how badly he was really hurt. So he could have just had scratches & recovered that night (JV didn't know, no one did). So you would have had Vingegaard say "scr*w you Roglic, I'm going for myself now"... as soon as Roglic crashed, without knowing the full extent of the injuries?
That's not how a team wins the Tour. And that's the point here, i.e. JV could only win the Tour with Roglic. By aiming for auxiliary honours with Wout van Aert, they weakened that GC objective. And yeah, those objectives (GC & stage hunting with other riders) pretty much always are in contradiction, hence why it's only the lower GC hopefuls (young prospects like Gaudu or older guys who're no longer at their best like Quintana) who have to put up with a team with split objectives.
Plus LBL in October 2020The rest of your post is just moralism about the perceived wrongs of domestique duties behind a leader in a Grand Tour (the leader in this case being Primoz Roglic aka number one rider in the world & winner of a GT + Basque Country over the past 8 months).
Your observation is logically inconsistent. Roglic being in trouble is a consequence of their decision to let Wout pursue his goals, so claiming that it was a good decision because Roglic is now in trouble - do you see where this is going?If anything it means that I want the best riders to do what their capable of. Or is that you disagree with my top 5 statement? In my eyes both Roglic and van Aert are top 5 riders in the current peloton, and as a team you want to keep your stars happy. The way you do that is by allowing them to chase their goals and not keep them on a leash.
Roglic going for GC and van Aert trying to go for yellow in the first week aren't mutually exclusive, especially when the latter was working for the former in both stage 1 and stage 3. And now it looks like JV made the right choice in that regard since Roglic going for GC is out of the question after today. The only thing you could criticize them for is that they let Vingegaard wait for Roglic in stage 3.
He's been doing Belgian 'crash up derbies' (kermesse) for ~10 years so he can ride in any bunch.I didn't see the moment on TV, as far as I know the camera wasn't on it then, but Roglic seemed to almost lose van Aert's wheel earlier already - so either he just lost van Aerts wheel or he even deliberately let go of it, anyway you cannot put the blame on van Aert. After all van Aert is a crosser, not a guy with 10years of experience in bunch riding and only in the team because of these qualities.
WVA is not a GC contender. And even if he were, I don't see how Roglic in his current shape can help him.If VA is a legit GC contender, isn't Roglic a pivotal domestic? Heck, even if VA isn't riding for GC, Roglic should continue to assist him in his quest for stage wins.
All this is assuming Roglic isn't at serious risk of aggravating his injuries. If that's the case, it's an obvious abandon.
The Tour isn't just a "failure", it's a total disaster & pretty much the worst moment of his cycling career.At this point, the tour is a failure. He would be continuing in pain for at least 4 days- 1 week before healing. He may return to win a stage but that would be so irrelevant in the bigger scheme of things. He may try to help his teammates in the third week but his teammates are not going to beat Pogacar. Abandoning or not , both options have their own merits as he is unlikely to injure himself even if he continues. I would be in the favor of continuing so that he does not lose the base fitness as long as the injuries are healing and the pain is reducing day by day
The Tour isn't just a "failure", it's a total disaster & pretty much the worst moment of his cycling career.
It's one of those moments where an athlete in his prime suffers a setback which puts a question mark on whether he will ever win the goal he's aiming for, in this case the Tour de France. It's all too fresh right now (including the wounds) to even consider taking any positives from this garbage race.
I'm not even sure winning the Vuelta would be any consolation either. I also hope to God Pogacar destroys the remaining field because "if" he's shown to be vulnerable over the next two weeks, it'll just make the whole ordeal worse. The "what could have been" would be pretty sht to be honest.