The Spaniard Eduard Prades (Movistar), the first stage in the Tour of the Provence won. He knocked nine companions in the sprint. Tony Gallopin was killed on the second place, Gorka Izaguirre was third.
A flight of four, with our compatriot Dries De Bondt, graced the stage. But a tricky final ensured that the escapees were bijgebeend and that the repair is in the final multitude. Thus was born a group of ten with FDJ-trio Gaudu, Pinot and Molard, Calmejane (Direct Energy) , Gallopin (AG2R), Gorka Izagirre (Astana), Finetto (Delko Marseille), Dunbar (Sky), Clarke (EF Education), and Prades (Movistar). A first chasing group contained our countrymen Gilbert and the almost inevitable Jimmy Janssens.
Finetto was in the front, a role yet to solve, the sprint to the victory was won by the Spaniard Prades. Philippe Gilbert was tenth in sixteen seconds, the Spaniard Izagirre takes the leader’s jersey from proloogwinnaar Ganna.