33 kilometres after the start, a first break got away. They were: Linus Gerdemann and Andy Schleck (Leopard), Martin Velits (HTC), Danilo Hondo and Oleksandr Kvachuk (Lampre), Jeffry Louder (BMC), Ryder Hesjdal (Garmin), Pablo Lastras and Branislau Samoilau (Movistar), Damiano Caruso (Liquigas), Jorge Azanza and Ruben Perez (Euskaltel), Dries Devenyns (Quick Step), Cyril Dessel, Ben Gastauer and Lloyd Mondory (AG2R), Leopold König (Net App).
While their advantage quickly grew to more than 2:30 minutes, it also diminished rapidly again as Andy Schleck and Movistar's Samoilau were included in the group. Samoilau ranked 16th on GC this morning, 7:51 behind race leader Damiano Cunego (Lampre).
As the race started the first uphill kilometres towards the Flüelapass, the peloton came close again (30 seconds), and Samoilau decided to drop off the leaders to give them a chance of succeeding. But the bunch was too close, and as many riders tried to bridge up, the break was caught with 159 kilometres still remaining.