Holding the pink jersey with three different riders within the first 10 stages, three stage wins through Marcel Kittel and Gianluca Brambilla and eight other top 10 finishes – the Belgian team have certainly attacked this race head on.
“Bob Jungels has been the most impressive,” said BMC‘s Manuel Quinziato. “He was born in 1992 – I didn’t know he was so young, I had to check the other day.
“We knew he was a good time triallist but he’s shown that he can climb really well. Him being at the top after 10 hard days is for sure the biggest surprise.”
Young Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan chose his Orica-GreenEdge teammate Esteban Chaves as the most impressive. “He always impresses me,” he said.
Then there’s LottoNL-Jumbo‘s Primož Roglič: “We didn’t see [the win on the stage nine time trial] coming,” said sports director Addy Engels. “After he finished his TT I said ‘some day this guy is going to win a Grand Tour TT’ and he did it that day.”