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Question about Aitor Gonzalez's technique at the end of The Tour de Suisse

Those of you who just watched the thrilling finish on OLN probably noted that Gonzalez, desparately in need of every second he could get, having run a long solo effort, and with Rogers closing for the win, ran at least the last KM on the hoods rather than the drops. Why would he give up the aerodynamic advantage of riding in the drops? All of his chasers (as would be expected), to a man, were in the drops, and many of them had the advantage of a draft.

The only thing that comes to mind is that he had expended himself so much by then, that he had to open himself up a bit to enhance his oxygen consumption. Any ideas? I have been in the position of being totally tapped out aerobically, but I would not have dreamed of giving up the aerodynamic advantage afforded by riding in the drops at that kind of speed.
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