Sport Director Gabriel Rasch praised a strong team performance at the end of the Tour de Suisse.
Geraint Thomas fell out of the top 10 and slipped to 17th overall after a tough final day in Switzerland when, despite the stage being shortened to 57 kilometres because of bad weather, the race was blown apart.
The race organisers kept the hors categorie Fluelapass in the amended route and it quickly whittled the field down, with only a select group going on to do battle for the win.
David Lopez launched a strong attack 25km from home but he wasn’t able to stay away as the ferocious pace increased. Jarlinson Pantano (IAM) went on to claim the stage victory, while Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) finished fourth in the same time to hold onto the yellow jersey.
Rasch admitted to TeamSky.com that Geraint Thomas endured a hard day in Switzerland, but he picked out several strong individual performances across the week.
He said: “G had a really bad day. He was super cold on the top of that mountain and when he knew he couldn’t follow the guys and he didn’t have anything to fight for he just got to the finish in his own time.
“All of the guys did well this week and tried really hard for G. That was the plan and everyone gave up their own ambitions to do that. G was just lacking that final 10% to be up there.
“Michal [Golas] was really, really good, he did all the ground work together with Christian [Knees], Kiry has shown he’s extremely strong on his good days, and he was also climbing super well this week.”
Leopold König didn’t take to the start in Switzerland this afternoon after waking up with a sore throat, but the Czech star rode well, particularly impressing on the stage eight time trial.
Rasch added: “Leo has been better day-by-day. This morning he had a sore throat and he and the doctor decided he wouldn’t start to try and stay healthy, but he will be better and better for every race he does now. Ian Boswell did the Giro, and he was probably a little tired after that, but he did a good job here, had some really strong days, and showed how talented he is once again.”
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