Rabobank: A need to change focus
After the stage to Luz Ardiden, the Rabobank team no longer has a rider close to the top of the general classification. Rob Arnold had a quick chat with Frans Maassen before the 13th stage to find out what the team’s approach will be now…
With what happened yesterday – when Robert Gesink lost over 20 minutes to the stage winner – things are a little different for the team now.
“Yeah of course it was disappointing for us yesterday,” said the Dutchman. “We lost our place in the ‘classement’ and now we have to change the strategy and try to find one more victory in the last week.”
What happened with Robert?
“Ah, we thought it would be better and so did he but obviously he was hasn’t fully recovered from the crash [in stage three] and he couldn’t deliver what we hoped for. That’s life.
“It’s too early now to say what he’s going to do. He had a bad day yesterday and he has to find his joy again. That’s the first thing. Now the main thing is to keep some good spirit and enjoy racing, that’s what we’ve got to do until the rest day and after that we’ll see what we can do.”
The stage profile really suits Luis, he’s one of the best descenders in the peloton. Do you think he can try again?
“Of course we want to change the strategy and try to go in a break. From now on I think there are a lot of opportunities. Breaks can hold on until the finish, so why not?”