After the gaps in yesterday’s stage, a lot of riders found themselves quite far down on GC so there was a chance that the breakaway could stay away to fight for the victory. Consequently, there was a big battle amongst the peloton to make the move. A group of seven managed to get clear, with Development Team Sunweb’s Tim Naberman riding well to make the break for the second day in a row.
The group continued to work well together, extending their gap to three minutes and 30 seconds. However, the peloton was interested in keeping them close and the break would ultimately split on the rolling terrain in the final 40 kilometres, with Naberman dropping back to the bunch. Despite some attacks in the finale, everything came back together and the stage was decided by a reduced bunch sprint. Niklas Märkl was first home for the team in the chaotic finale, finishing just outside the top 20 on the day.
After his exploits in the breakaway, Naberman moves into the lead of the intermediate sprints classification with one stage remaining.