After a tough day out on the road and some serious splits to the bunch on the days final climb, Warren Barguil finishes the day in 10th place whilst Michael Matthews maintains lead in the points classification.
Early on in the stage, five riders went clear but were quickly reeled back in by the bunch with the bunch keeping the pace high, keen to not let anyone gain too much of a lead. Eventually 9 riders managed to breakaway and stayed ahead for most of the day. As the race headed towards its last climb, the bunch finally made contact with the leaders. Team Sunweb spent the day working to protect the yellow jersey of Michael Matthews, but the fireworks were lit on the final climb and various attacks split the race into pieces. Warren Barguil and Sam Oomen managed to position themselves in the second group on the road, whilst Michael was unable to make the split and was landed in group three. Michael continued to battle through to the line, and maintained his lead in the points competition. Warren Barguil finished the day in 10th position.
“Today was a stage that could have ended in multiple scenarios,” Michael said after the stage. “On the last climb things got a little bit too fast for me which was of course unfortunate. The team were great once again and tomorrow is another day so we can try again.”
Team Sunweb coach Morten Bennekou said: “We were quite surprised today to find no GC teams attacking, but the race was still hard because of the six climbs. Michael really suffered on the penultimate climb, and lost contact with the front of the race on the last. On the descent towards San Sebastian the decimated peloton hunted down the leader which made it impossible for Michael to come back. In the first group Warren sprinted to 10th which increases his chances of an overall top 10 finish.”