No Paris-Nice is over, or Thomas De Gendt attacks. Today was so far. The warrior of Lotto-Soudal reed for a long time with eleven others in the lead, came first on three slopes, but a stage win was not in. Who went to the Frenchman Mollard. Tim Wellens ran on a few metres to the second place.
The early flight on the stage to Vence came quickly in two movements. First six, then seven riders made a breakaway of thirteen. Also three compatriots: Thomas De Gendt, Bert Van Lerberghe (yesterday cases, red) and Dylan Teuns, the leader of BMC. Especially the presence of Teuns was a thorn in the eye of his vluchtgezellen. Teuns counted in the general classification, in fact, only 1’ behind, and reed soon virtual in the yellow. With Teuns in the escape, would the flight never likely to succeed. That also understood Teuns. He was willing to back sagging in the peloton.
The escapees were not too much space so that The Company is especially focused on the gathering of points for the mountains jersey. The East-flanders came three times first on a slope of the second category, just not enough to the mountains to try and steal the Frenchman Grellier. At a little more than twenty kilometers from the end was the flight out and could be the real finals begin.
The Côte de la Colle sur Loup – almost two kilometres to ten percent – was in the finale for the fireworks concerns. Vuillermoz, Poels and especially the Brit Yates tried to find a gap store. The favorites have held each other in the eye, in the descent direction Vence came the Dutchman Wout Poels is still heavy fall. Also Tim Wellens and Dylan Teuns held at the front is easy mode. Even more, Tim Wellens responded appropriately when Simon Yates re a gear set. Wellens did not hesitate and pulled full by.
At three miles it fell all to dressing and went to a limited group decide on profit and loss. It was raining attacks and the last attempt of the Frenchman Mollard proved to be the right. The climber of Groupama – FDJ remained out of the tangle of the pursuers. Wellens ran to the second place for Alaphilippe.
1. Rudy Mollard (Fra)
2. Tim Wellens
3. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra)
4. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa)
5. Sam Oomen (Ned)
6. Dylan Teuns