Race report

Nikias Arndt on the attack in toughest Tour stage so far

Tour de France

The first proper mountain test of the Tour awaited the riders today, with no fewer than seven categorised climbs throughout the stage. A break of 14 was allowed to establish itself very early into the day, with Nikias Arndt making the move to represent the team. The breakaway worked well together and increased their advantage over the hilly terrain, reaching a maximum of eight minutes and 30 seconds.

As the kilometres ticked down, the advantage held stable and Arndt dug deep to stay with the breakaway on the difficult terrain. With around 40 kilometres to go the GC teams came to the front of the peloton and upped the pace, reducing the gap to the break ahead, which consequently meant the tempo in the breakaway was increased too. Arndt held on well over the tough climbs, eventually dropping from break on the penultimate ascent of the day. Riding at his own rhythm to the line, the German rider was the first home for the team on the brutally steep finish climb of La Planche des Belles Filles.

“Generally it was a good day for me,” explained Arndt at the finish. “In the beginning of the stage I made the jump into the breakaway and I thought maybe I can take a few minutes advantage going into the climbs. Nils [Politt] and André [Greipel] also had the same plan, which was good for me and that’s why we made it through the stage well.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 TEUNS Dylan Bahrain Merida 4:29:03 120
2 CICCONE Giulio Trek - Segafredo 0:11 50
3 MEURISSE Xandro Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team 1:05 25
57 ARNDT Nikias Team Sunweb 13:54 -
68 KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren Team Sunweb 14:55 -
79 ROCHE Nicolas Team Sunweb 17:46 -
84 KELDERMAN Wilco Team Sunweb 18:34 -
108 MATTHEWS Michael Team Sunweb 20:02 -
132 HAGA Chad Team Sunweb 20:38 -
143 KÄMNA Lennard Team Sunweb 22:15 -
167 BOL Cees Team Sunweb 23:58 -