Yeah don't think he could've beaten Matthews, he was insane, but could've costed him a close result which would've been good for the morale. He basically closed down more than 30 seconds on his own with a few riders in his wheel after the puncture which probably costed him a lot of energy. Hard to say where he would've ended without the blowout (luckily he didn't crash).
Why do you keep repeating this lol. It's also based on absolutely nothing. If Ewan still rides for the team next year (wouldn't be surprised if he leaves), he'll still be their best rider and thus get serious support. You act like Lotto left so many good riders at home just to give him more support, which is just BS.
Ewan did not get the team he wanted in the 2022 TDF - If you have a leader who does not win a stage in three consecutive tours then of course you have less support riders or the riders you want - Lotto in the last ten years has always been a team of opportunists with a major focus on sprints - They were carried by Greipel who won stages in every GT's he participated in from 2011 to 2017 , except for his last year in 2018 and then he was moved on - So stage wins are super-important for the team - Anyway, tomorrow may be a sprint, so lets see what happens.