This doesn't make much sense when compared to the race report and results. The riders who had a 3 minute lead at the foot of Ventoux were the break. Then it says Sevilla attacked after 4k and was chased by a group of favourites without Ryder. Ryder eventually finished over 3 mins back with Hincapie who Leipheimer felt was sandbagging according to the report.D-Queued said:I have suggested that Ryder's Dauphine performance was questionable.
Typically it is hard to pick out a Domestique as having charged up, but that particular race gave us an interesting glimpse.
It isn't that he placed 16th, or that he placed top 20 on Ventoux. It was how Ryder accomplished his finish on the Ventoux stage that was beyond impressive.
The leaders already had ~3 min gap at the bottom, and Ryder was being loyal domestique to Floyd who started to fail badly, losing minutes to the leaders. And quickly.
Floyd then gave Ryder the all clear and Ryder bridged like nobody's business.
He almost certainly had the fastest time up Ventoux, let alone after starting with a huge handicap by hanging around with Floyd on the lower slopes.
Meanwhile, there were already rumors floating about his doping.
Then, Floyd pulled off the miracle Tour.
So, put 1+1+1 together.
On whom did he close the 3 minute gap? Are you saying he went from Floyds group to some other group closing a 3 min gap? Which group was it?