LA PIERRE-SAINT-MARTIN, France (VN) — Cannondale-Garmin’s twin Tour de France GC threat of Andrew Talansky and Dan Martin tumbled down the overall classification on Tuesday. The duo rolled across the line together, atop La Pierre-Saint-Martin, over 11 minutes down on stage winner and overall race leader Chris Froome (Sky).
“They rode what they could do to the line, but they just didn’t have the legs today,” sport director Charly Wegelius told VeloNews after the stage.
Talansky now sits in 25th, 16 minutes back. Martin is in 30th, just over 21 minutes behind. But despite the losses, the team isn’t making an reflexive pivot toward a focus on stage wins, Wegelius said.
“I think we have to have a look and see how Andrew [Talansky] is tomorrow, what his condition is and what we can do with it,” he said.
Cannondale teammate Ryder Hesjedal proved recently that much can change in the third week of a grand tour. The lanky Canadian rode from the teens into the top five with a series of strong efforts in the final stages.
Hesjedal, who was fifth at the Giro in May, finished ahead of Talansky and Martin on Tuesday but is 45 minutes down in the overall. His GC ambitions ended early in the Tour, with time lost on a number of stages in the first week. Though Talansky’s goal of a high GC placing may still be in place, Hesjedal has his eye firmly set on stage wins.
“There’s more to bike racing than the GC, so I think we will definitely rally for everything else there is out there to go for,” Hesjedal said after the stage. “I want to come into the form I know I’m capable of having and try to win a stage and see what else I can do in the process.”