It’s an interesting conundrum. The top favourites have less options as any attempt to chase Terpstra would be chased down. You either need to be strong enough to break yourself or rely on others to work with you. Sagan did the right thing, he launched an attack when the other couldn’t follow. He just didn’t have the legs to chase down Terpstra or Pedersen. The lower level riders should have gone after him earlier. If GVA, Sagan, Vanmarcke etc. watch each other then you can get a gap and QS are stuck either dragging the favourites up to you and shortening Terpstra’s lead or letting you go. You still have to be strong enough to bridge but you need to throw the dice. This is what Bora should be doing. It might mean to not Sagan competing for the win, but that’s life. Otherwise you don’t work at all and risk a break winning, but you have fresh men who can counter the QS attacks, wear down the weaker ones and then hope your guy is strong enough for that one big dig. If it had all been together on the Kwaremont I think Sagan would have had his best chance in the race.