Quick Step’s leader, Green Jersey holder, Marcel Kittel is struggling today. His group is almost two minutes behind the Yellow Jersey group which also contains Dan Martin (Kittel’s teammate) and Michael Mattews, Kittel’s main rival for the Green Jersey. Matthews has several teammates alongside pushing the pace in the front group, and in turn, putting pressure on Kittel. Dan Martin, despite being 5th overall, is doing his bit for Kittel by trying to mark Mattews.
Martin needs to do a Roche a la the Giro d’Italia and ditch team orders and try to get one or two teammates to back him for a podium finish.