Did you see breakaway leader Sebastion Lang try to mash up that climb yesterday in the T of Ca? I thought he was going to get off his bike!
What was the gradient and do what gear do you think he was in? Maybe he had a reall tall drive train set-up for flat terrain, maybe a 53x39 with an 11-21 in back?
Lang was even tacking up that big hill! I've never seen a pro with form like that. He looks like a big, sprinter-type cyclist, so that may have been the problem?