Well, Madouas, Alaphilippe, Cosnefroy, Laporte, Bettiol, Trentin, Bagioli, Küng, Pogacar, Laporte, Honoré, Mollema, Narváez, Girmay, Matthews and Almeida were not. All the strongest countries' best riders of the day.Certainly some were. Anyone not trying was also beaten. Why were those who “were not trying” not trying? Just let that group go? Not a threat? They either lost because they weren’t strong enough or smart enough.