Today’s stage was off to a fast start as it took more than an hour of racing before the breakaway of the day was clear. The early moved was made and it featured up to nine riders, including our Jan Maas, who took a bonus of three seconds after winning the first intermediate sprint. That group worked together and opened and the gap was up to two minutes at the top of the Col d’Ares with 29 km remaining.
The nine leaders arrived to the final climb of the day, the Hospice de France, with an advantage of one minute and a half over the main group. The first attacks completely broke the leading group and the peloton set a high rhythm all the from the first meters of the climb as well.
Once the race go to the hardest part of the climb, Stephen Williams launched a deep attack that earned him a sixth place overall. Teammate Jan Maas showed his strong legs, and after perfectly pacing himself all the way up the climb, rolled in eight after spending all the day in the break.
Both riders are now hold the same positions (6th & 8th) on GC ahead of tomorrow’s stage 3.