Consider this VeloNews article about the long, wet, cold stage from Seaside to San Luis Obispo. Quote:
“But Mother Nature continually pelted the riders with hellacious conditions, and after 40 miles chinks appeared in the breakaway. Belgy faded back to the peloton and abandoned at the base of the first KOM. Hivert also faded and eventually called it quits. Kilun and Meade were dropped a short time later, though the former eventually caught back on. Stewart, whose efforts on the climbs made him the virtual King of the Mountains points leader, abandoned after suffering from hypothermia.
“‘I couldn’t hold onto the handlebars anymore, and that was it,’ he said”
At the time he abandoned, Jackson Stewart (BMC) was leading [virtually] in KOM points and he (and, by extension, BMC) lost that because they were unprepared for the weather. Had they had proper clothing for a cold, rainy day – good gloves specifically – the result probably would have been different.
Do I have a point or am I all wet?