It was a fast start to the action today at Boucles de la Mayenne with a fierce fight to get into the breakaway. Numerous small groups got clear, including one with Tim Naberman, before they were brought back by a chasing peloton. However, the elastic would eventually snap and a group of four would get clear with Naberman once again on the attack: his third day in a row in the breakaway.
The race would take a more formulaic approach, with Naberman taking enough intermediate sprint points to secure the win in that competition, before the break was caught in the last ten kilometres of racing. Leon Heinschke was active in the finale, making a few probing attacks out of the peloton. However, he wasn’t able to get clear and the stage ended in a tricky uphill sprint with Heinschke being the first rider home for Development Team Sunweb at the finish.