Early GC time gaps don't make much difference to eventual Tour de France podium, argues Ineos' Michał Kwiatkowski

The Polish super domestique says the British team were prepared to spend more energy early to keep GC riders safe, but even that can prove insufficient at the Tour de France

Geraint Thomas
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Michał Kwiatkowski thanked journalists for holding an umbrella above him, a couple of raindrops starting to fall on the Ineos Grenadiers' stalwart, and while the inclusion of even a whiff of pathetic fallacy is more disagreeable than the French coffee served at the hotels to the peloton as it makes its way through the Tour de France, the foreshadowing from the Polish rider before the start of yesterday's stage three was precise.

"I always believe anything can be beneficial if you do the right thing. Even today, we will have some rain at the end, probably by the end of the day. Whatever, we just want to be on the right side, anytime, doesn't matter if it's winds, mountains or the time trial, just hopefully we can gain time or [at least] not lose time on those stages. So we're just focusing on doing the right thing today."

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