The second stage of Circuit des Ardennes would see the rider’s face a sawtooth profile, with no fewer than ten categorised climbs on the menu. Six of the ten, including all five Cat-1 ascents, would come in the second half of the stage. It was a fast start to the day with several groups getting away but then being brought back and it took for over an hour for a proper breakaway to form. Ten riders managed to escape but they were never given much leeway, with the gap staying at roughly one minute.
In the final third of the day the pace in the peloton continued to ramp up as the number of climbs ticked by. The diminished peloton caught the remainder of the break with around 12 kilometres to go and counter attacks started to fly from the bunch. Felix Gall forced a split with another four riders on the last climb but they only gained a gap of 10 seconds and were closed down just before the top. Some riders came back on during the descent to form a slightly larger group but it would be a counter-attack from Kamp that would see him win the day, with Gall coming home in the peloton seven seconds behind.