Tom Dumoulin suffered another blow having already lost time following a late mechanical on stage six of the 2018 Tour de France, after being slapped with a 20-second time penalty for drafting.
Dumoulin suffered his misfortune with less than six kilometres, and opted to try to change his wheel rather than take a team-mate’s bike – despite Simon Geschke being alongside him.
During his chase back to the peloton, Dumoulin took a long draft behind his team car but race commissaires deemed it too long – and deducted a further 20 seconds from his time.
Having already lost 53 seconds on the stage – finishing 46th after a big effort from team-mate Soren Kragh Andersen, in the white jersey, to minimise their losses, he now drops to 19th – 1’23” behind yellow jersey Greg van Avermaet.
In terms of his GC rivals, it puts the Dutchman 1’20” behind Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas, while Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Chris Froome are now 21 seconds ahead of the 2017 Giro d’Italia champion.
Dumoulin was not the only rider to suffer late misfortune either, with Romain Bardet losing time because of a puncture of his own – though the Ag2r-La Mondiale man cut his losses by borrowing team-mate Mathias Frank’s bike.
Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang did not fall foul of the race jury despite enduring a similar chase back on himself, earlier in the stage.
The Dane had initially been caught behind a split in crosswinds, before having to chase back on again after a crash.
Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) was another to have to suffer through two chases – one because of the crosswinds and one because of a crash – but he recovered to finish tenth.
Dan Martin won the stage, meanwhile, surging clear on the lower slopes of the Mur de Bretagne to claim the second Tour de France stage win of his career.