Climbing Away G17-29
While one rider was still up the road, it was time to try and gain time on the other GC men. Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) was one of the first team leaders to attack the peloton of favorites. With the Maglia Rosa back down the volcano it was a sure thing that the race leader was going to chance for the fourth time at the end of the stage. Behind Rolland the Astana rider, Pello Bilbao (Astana) was trying to get onto the wheel of the Frenchman.