As he said on the finish line, “In this second part of the season, I have been one day good, one day not – and today was a good day.”
He can say that again. Nibali and Sivakov had opened a small gap at the front of the race, and Tadej surged past, expecting company in his attack.
“I thought, when I attacked, that someone would come with me, but I guess it had been so hard before that, everyone was just thinking about making it to the final. So I went solo.”
Adam Yates said later, “It was still quite early, but it was a good moment to go, obviously. If I’d had the legs, I would have gone with him. But I was suffering a bit by then, and I think a lot of guys were already on the limit.”
Roglič concurred: “If I could have gone with him, I would done, but I was already just hanging in there and waiting for the finish.”