The Development program were back in action today with the opening stage of the Circuit des Ardennes. With a break of only two riders escaping the pack early on, it was clear that the sprinter’s teams had their eyes on winning the stage. The duo built up an advantage of over six minutes but the race was always under control and they were caught with just under 40 kilometres remaining. This caused a flurry of attacks within the peloton as riders looked to use the rolling terrain to cause a surprise. Consequently the peloton was split to bits with riders in groups all over the road.
However, some control was regained at the head of the race and the day was ultimately decided in a reduced bunch sprint. Team Sunweb finished in the peloton, with GC rider Felix Gall the first home in 26th place.