I doubt that detraining was his problem. Unless his physiology is unique among all the other GC contenders that also sat in for those 8 days.
He was being interviewed. Had to come up with something!
As a fan, I’m a little excited to see Yates lose a gob of time during that stage! It probably means he’s going to be aggressive in one (or some!) of the upcoming mountain stages. There will be mountain stages in the Giro this year, won’t there?
Simon is FUN TO WATCH when he is being aggressive. Meanwhile, Roglic lost his best mountain domestique. Now, Kuss and Tolhoek are capable climbers, to be sure, but not the calibre & experience of DePlus. There is some Yellow Lotto vulnerability…lots of interesting racing to come!
By the way, did you know that Roglic used to be a ski jumper?