The sprint teams left it late to bring back the day's breakaway, which had swelled from three to six in the final portion of the race, but the race looked to be all back together with a couple of kilometres remaining. Pippo Pozzato went off the front under the flamme rouge and while the sprint trains hesitated, Kluge saw an opportunity and went off in pursuit.
Using his track power, he caught and passed Pozzato with ease, and when the sprinters finally got their act together Kluge was far enough ahead to sit up and celebrate his first Grand Tour victory.
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