the big ring said:
He won the Giro this year. And you're right - he was in the Tour, but crashed out. Still curious why he was put in the Giro if he had the form to win that, then surely he'd be expected to go well at the Tour.
They didn't expect him to win the Giro going in. They expected him to be able to get a top 5, based on the parcours suiting him more than that of the Tour.