I disagree.Scarponi said:Makes zero sense to train Matthews as a mountain domestique to Tom, what stage was he going to light up at the front? He was going to hold on until there was 30-40 riders left
A podium always contender takes priority over a stage win.
It's exactly the same decision Astana has made on Cort, who was (until yesterday), solely there for Fuglsang.
And yes, neither would be the last guy on the last mountain, but both being able to work on the first couple of mountains, frees up the proper climbers to go deep later in the stage.
That's just life, on a tour team shooting for the podium - the alternative is to go win some minor races during and after the tour,