Sprinting for Seconds
With Laurens De Vreese (Astana) up the road, there were only a couple of bonus seconds up for grabs at the intermediate sprint out on course. Last year the race was decided by only two seconds, so any chance to grab a few seconds are well worth the effort. The winner of stage 1, Caleb Ewan (UniSA-Australia) claimed the best of the rest slot, 2 seconds and some valuable points in the sprinters jersey competition (the red jersey he is currently wearing). Race leader, Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff) bedecked in Ochre nabbed third and a single second. While being attentive Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) could only manage a fourth place at the line, so he was unable to add any bonus seconds to his second place overall.