djconnel wrote:(I started writing this before the preceding two posts, with which I agree)
Somebody needs to pull or the break gets caught and Stannard was likely so wasted at that point after having played his cards he knew he had zero chance against the eventual podium winners so he may as well just pull at the front where it's safe and hope for a crash or something. There's never much margin after the Poggio and the lead group may have been swarmed. As it is he ended up with a good placing.
I couldn't believe Phinney -- unbelievable finish for him to bridge up to the break from the foot of the Poggio.
I had picked Sky for the win but training in Tenerife doesn't get one ready for freezing rain.
Top 3 were Trek-SRAM, Cannondale-SRAM, and Trek-Shimano. Good day for SRAM, good day for mechanical shifters, good day for 10 speed. I was content.
It's true that Stannard has to pull, but in the last 1,5 km it's Sagan responsability, and he was on Stannard's wheel. Sagan was the main favourite, he was "obligued" to win, because a 2nd position when you're the favourite it's nothing. And Stannard didn't see this as well as Ciolek or Cancellara.