As I said- he might not be winning races all the time but even if he's at his 80%, he would still mostly finish between 20th and 40th place, even early in the season.
I also don't think there's anything inherent to his early season struggles. Last year he broke his hand in his first race day of the season so obviously it took him time to recover. In 2020 he finished 5th in Etoile de Besseges ITT. In 2018 he won OHN and in 2017 he did well in E3.
So I'm a bit worried that he finished this low today because I picked him up for my team in one of the games and it's not a great sign.
Franck Bonnamour, B&B's main rider after a strong 2021, had a rather awful crash in this race. He hit a traffic obstacle with about 115 kms to go, went even unconscious for a few moments, and was taken to the hospital of Edmond-Garcin. He has pain in the back and the head, and although no fractures were found, he suffers from a concussion. The rider will undergo further investigations and has to forfait for the Étoile de Bessèges at least.
Sad news, I was curious if he would confirm this season and finally take a win. Hopefully he'll recover soon.