Looking for Some Company
The peloton didn't let the first break go, maybe because George Bennett (LottoNL Jumbo) was only just over a minute off of the lead and Orica-GreenEdge wasn't going to take any chances with Simon Gerrans lead. Once the first group was caught, Maartin Tjallingii (LottoNL Jumbo) jumped away. It seemed like as the peloton could only contain 6 yellow clad riders and once Bennett was in the group, Tjallingii popped out. The Dutchman looked back over his shoulder hoping that at least one more man would bridge up to him. He had to be comforted that it was Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) that was the one leaving the Orica-GreenEdge lead peloton behind.