Nothing less than Tony Martin: the race leader and ITT World Champion! OPQS safely brought both of them over the daily climbs and they perfectly delivered.
Niki Terpstra - and Matthew Goss, who crashed - had not started in the morning so OPQS was a man down. "The last couple of days I had some respiratory irritation." Terpstra said "Going on with racing was only making it worse and irresponsible. I really feel sorry I can’t help my OPQS team-mates to defend the leading position of Tony Martin in the general classement. But with some really big races coming up in the following weeks, it’s important to take my rest and hopefully I will recover as soon as possible." That didn't affect the team reasult!
Break-away caught 37 km to go - it was Albasini (OGE), Isaychev (KAT), Guarnieri (AST) and Venter (MTN) the race went into the final climbs. Barguil and Thurau attacked but couldn't get a good gap. It started raining. 20 km to go the were all together again. Team Sky were driving for Ben Swift. 19km to go TFR Didier was off the front but IAM Cycling shot the move down. Mathias Frank attacked12km to go, marked by T. Pinot. Then Sagan joined and passed away. He crossed solo the top of the climb, caught took off again in the descent. Burghardt joined, three riders bridged. But the peloton was close. All together with 2km to go, OPQS seting the pace, Tony Martin delux locomotive for Matteo Trentin. A no story sprint: 1 Trentin 2 Bennati. In 3rd Mattia Gavazzi.
What a pity for Ben Swift! so close so far! but hat down for OPQS!
1 Matteo Trentin
2 Daniele Bennati
3 Francesco Gavazzi
4 Ben Swift
5 Peter Sagan
6 Sacha Modolo
7 Jose Joaquin Rojas
8 Stefan Dillier
9 Sergio Henao
10 Tosh Van Der Sande
1 Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
2 Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano) +6
3 Peter Sagan (Cannondale) +10
4 Bauke Mollema (Belkin) +17
5 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Garmin-Sharp) +23
6 Davide Formolo (Cannondale) +27
7 Ion Izaguirre (Movistar) +27
8 Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) +28
9 Matthias Frank (BMC)+29
10 Mattia Cattaneo (Lampre-Merida)