Working for the Sprinters
With the break away about 3 minutes up the road, it was time for the teams of the sprinters to get onto the front of the peloton and chase down the escapees. Fumiyuki Beppu (Trek Factory Racing) along with members of Lotto Soudal and Giant Alpecin started chasing, but the peloton may have left it a bit late. The general rule of thumb is that the peloton can pull back a minute every ten kilometers. Using that formula, it looks like the early break has a very slim chance of making it to the line without getting caught. The chance is even better since only three riders are chasing the five up front.