I think G was just trying to break up the group a bit rather than really attack, but having found himself in front he had no choice but to go for it. Stannard played the perfect supporting role, just sitting on the back of the group doing no work, and only bridging across when the gap was closing. If he had been given free licence earlier i think he might have been able to stay away. I rode the road up Ranmore the previous week - puffing and panting in my lowest gear. Quite humbling to watch the pros treat it as little more than a speed bump!