He's there riding as support to Kruiswijk, with the supposed pay-off that he gets to be team leader at the Vuelta.
In that role - if you get told to go back and get bidons, you go back to get bidons. I guess what's not clear is whether that was what he got told to do.
nah.. if SK crashes (like he did leading the Giro two years ago) then you've got a second option to go for a high GC placing.
they have totally removed that option today. But George is the one that needs to take the blame there as much as the team.
his support duties are in the mountains.. today he should have just been riding near the front and paying attention!
funnily enough in previous years I would have been happy with this scenario - as a he's no longer a GC threat would have given him more of an opportunity to win a stage. But convinced he's never going to do so as he just doesn't seem to have any sort of hard kick / acceleration over the other climbers. Wearing the yellow jersey, even if just for a day, would have been the best result ever by any kiwi - and that's what he's cocked up his chance to do.