“Of course you don’t want that to happen, but we’re more in our field for the next few days,” said the Australian, with the escalation starting in earnest this weekend.
“It was a short while. The speed was high and there were two roundabouts, and it split into five places in front of me, ”Mollema added, offering a little more detail on what had happened. “There isn’t much to do when there are rungs.
“In the end, Richie and I were lucky other teams missed it as well, [teammate] Toms Skujins helped a lot, otherwise it could have been worse, ”he said.
“I think we just made a mistake by being too far behind with 30 or 35 kilometers to go and, yes, it’s a shame. I think the legs were fine, and you shouldn’t waste time in a stage like this, ”Mollema admitted.
Indeed, the might of the Ineos Grenadiers and what at least appears to be the even greater force this year of Jumbo-Visma has certainly helped ensure that their leaders, at least, are in the right place at the right time, and this greater strength at depth is generally the key to the modern Tour.
In the past as Team Sky, and more recently Team Ineos and now Ineos Grenadiers, the British WorldTour team have tended to run close to the head of business, even on non-climbing stages like Friday’s seventh stage.
Jumbo-Visma has now clearly taken a sheet of this book, and made sure Roglic and Tom Dumoulin stayed close to the front of the race for most of the opening week of the race.
“We’ll just have to go on and try to make amends tomorrow [Saturday] Said Porte. And now that we’re not that close on GC, hopefully we’ll have a little more breathing room in the next few steps. ”