Pushing Their Advantage
With Tony Martin (Germany) pulled back into the fold, it was time for this year's king of the breakaway, Alessandro De Marchi (Italy) to toss his hat into the ring. Or perhaps his wheel into the wind? De Marchi was quickly joined in the effort on the penultimate trip up the steep final climb on the 18 kilometer lap by Cyril Gautier (France) and Matti Breschel (Denmark). The trio presented a serious threat to the peloton that was scrambling behind to get the chase organized.