Never listen to what Cyclingnews have to say. They use a lot of hyperbole.
If Farrar can get close to Martin who supposedly had good conditions then the rain isn't that strong. Plus it goes to show the rain is overrated. The course isn't technical so the bigger guys shouldn't have a problem with the rain.
They say the raining is on and off and i tend to believe them. Vandevelde or Wiggins shouldn't finish as low as they did.
"The weather today is pretty much luck of the draw. Right now it is not bad, so we are getting some good times again."