Tour de France: Peter Sagan wins stage 13 bunch sprint in Valence

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won his third stage at the 2018 Tour de France in Valence on Friday. The world champion, who is leading the points classification, waited patiently to start his sprint, coming around Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) and Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) at the line.

"This stage was a piece of gold for us," Sagan said, comparing Friday's relatively flat to the three previous days in the Alps, which saw several of the event's top sprinters miss the time cut.

"It's fantastic. I mean also with the flat stage and a flat stage everyone recovered a little bit in the group. I think everyone was happy that it was a relaxed stage. I'm very happy to have won today. It was very nice for me, and thanks to all my teammates, who did a very good job."

Team Sky led the race into the final 10km and onto the city streets of Valence, with yellow jersey Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome safely at the front to avoid potential crashes or gaps.

Dimension Data briefly took over with their lead-out for sprinter Edvald Boasson Hagen with 6km to go, but Trek-Segafredo overtook them with stage 9 winner John Degenkolb through a tight left-hand turn at 5km to go that forced the peloton to ease up slightly.

Out of the corner safely, the field picked up Michael Schär (BMC Racing), the last rider of the day's four-person breakaway.

Team Sky stayed out front for the next two kilometres, while Trek-Segafredo had some rivalry from sprint teams Groupama-FDJ for Demare and Cofidis for Christophe Laporte.

Degenkolb's team looked in control with 2km to go with four riders ahead of him, followed by Kristoff without teammates, and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing). But Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) played his hand with a late attack under the flamme rouge, causing some disorganisation. Although he pulled away for a few brief moments, Groupama-FDJ pulled him in with 300 metres to the line.

Demare was the first to launch his sprint, but it may have been too soon, as Kristoff surged from the Frenchman's back wheel and the pair raced neck-to-neck for the line. The pair were caught out, however, as Sagan managed to come around them with a late surge for the line to steal the stage victory.

"I think I was a little bit late," Sagan said of his the timing of his sprint. "I was a little bit behind at 600 metres, but in the last climb, I tried to bring myself to the front. I stayed on Kristoff's wheel, and I'm very happy to beat them."

The field came through the finish line , and there were no changes to the general classification. Team Sky continue their stronghold on the race, with Tomas in yellow by 1:39 ahead of his teammate Froome, while Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) sits in third at 1:50 back.

How it unfolded

Stage 13 saw the Tour de France exit the Alps and head toward the Massif Central for a 169.5km stage that started in Bourg d'Oisans and finished in Valence.

The peloton likely appreciated the rolling downhill for the first 30km, legs still feeling the burn from the previous three days of racing through the Alps that culminated at the top of the storied Alpe d'Huez on Thursday.

The mountainous jaunt shed many of the peloton's top sprinters: double stage winners Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) along with Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal), all finish outside the time limit on the road to Alpe d'Huez. Also, Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) were time-cut the day before at La Rosiere.

The race to Valence was expected to be one for the sprinters, and the fast men still in the race included Sagan, Demare, Degenkolb, Kristoff and Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida). Not to be discounted was Gaviria's primary lead-out man Max Richeze.

Breakaway specialist Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal) attempted two attacks before he finally cleared the field with Thomas Scully (EF Education First-Drapac) in tow just a few kilometres off the start line.

Schär and Dimitri Claeys (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) counter-attacked and successfully made it across to form an early breakaway of four riders that pushed their gap out to 3:20 before the first climb of the day.

De Gendt led the quartet over the top of the Côte de Brié, a 2.4km, category 3 climb with an average grade of 6.9 per cent. There was no contest for the mountain points as Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) has a firm lead in the polka-dot jersey classification, and he was back in the field.

Their gap dropped slightly on the descent into Grenoble, to 2:30, as riders from Bora-Hansgrohe, UAE Team Emirates and Groupama-FDJ set a pace at the front of the main peloton.

The field cut their gap by another minute through the valley and toward the first intermediate sprint of the day in Saint Quentin sur Isere located 71km into the race.

De Gendt rolled through the sprint line taking the 20 points, followed by Schär, Claeys and Scully. Just under two minutes later, Kristoff sprinted for the 11 points offered for fifth place, after pipping Degenkolb at the line with Sagan just behind.

The breakaway pushed through a headwind as they raced toward the second climb of the day, Côte de Sainte Eulalie, a 1.5km ascent with an average grade at just under 5 per cent and located roughly 60km from Valence. They lost a chunk of their gap, down to under a minute at the base of the climb, but they kept a steady pace over the top, and again, there was no contest for the KOM points, with Scully rolling through first.

It wasn't a straightforward run-in to Valence, as the last 40 kilometres were rolling and there were several climbs included in the parcours that were not categorised like the other two earlier ascents.

The peloton stayed relatively subdued and kept the four leaders at a manageable minute. There was some jostling in the field, however, as teams with sprinters began to organise their lead-outs while those with GC contenders moved closer to the front to stay safe.

The increased speeds of the Groupama-FDJ-led field cut the breakaway's gap in half, down to 30 seconds with 25km to go. De Gendt and Claeys sat up, knowing their day was over, while Schär made a last-ditch attacked over a small rise in the road. Scully tried to follow but wasn't able to fully close the gap before being reeled in by the field.

Schär pushed on alone and built his lead out to 45 seconds with less than 29km to go. His efforts secured him the most combative rider of the day award, but his time out front was destined to come to an end as the peloton prepared for a bunch kick in Valence.

The racing continues on the weekend with stage 14 from Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Mende on Saturday and stage 15 from Millau to Carcassonne on Sunday.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe3:45:55
2Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 1 - Cell 2
3Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 2 - Cell 2
4John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-SegafredoRow 3 - Cell 2
5Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 5 - Cell 2
7Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 7 - Cell 2
9Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Taylor Phinney (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 9 - Cell 2
11Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 10 - Cell 2
12Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 11 - Cell 2
13Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJRow 12 - Cell 2
14Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 13 - Cell 2
15Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 14 - Cell 2
16Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team SunwebRow 15 - Cell 2
17Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension DataRow 16 - Cell 2
18Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 17 - Cell 2
19Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 18 - Cell 2
20Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 19 - Cell 2
21Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 20 - Cell 2
22Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 21 - Cell 2
23Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 22 - Cell 2
24Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 24 - Cell 2
26Timo Roosen (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 25 - Cell 2
27Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step FloorsRow 27 - Cell 2
29Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team EmiratesRow 28 - Cell 2
30Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 29 - Cell 2
31Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step FloorsRow 30 - Cell 2
32Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 31 - Cell 2
33Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 32 - Cell 2
34Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 33 - Cell 2
35Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension DataRow 35 - Cell 2
37Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team SunwebRow 36 - Cell 2
38Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 37 - Cell 2
39Chris Froome (GBr) Team SkyRow 38 - Cell 2
40Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-ScottRow 39 - Cell 2
41Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 40 - Cell 2
42Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 41 - Cell 2
43Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Michael Valgren (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-JumboRow 44 - Cell 2
46Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 45 - Cell 2
47Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 47 - Cell 2
49Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Mathew Hayman (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 49 - Cell 2
51Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 50 - Cell 2
52Warren Barguil (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 51 - Cell 2
53Arthur Vichot (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 52 - Cell 2
54Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 53 - Cell 2
55Edward Theuns (Bel) Team SunwebRow 54 - Cell 2
56Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:00:14
57Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ0:00:24
58Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:29
59Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 58 - Cell 2
60Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:33
61Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 60 - Cell 2
62Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team0:00:40
63Maxime Bouet (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 62 - Cell 2
64Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Paul Martens (Ger) LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:43
66Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-MeridaRow 65 - Cell 2
67Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 66 - Cell 2
68Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:47
69Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 68 - Cell 2
70Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 69 - Cell 2
71Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:00:52
72Simon Gerrans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:59
73Kristijan Koren (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:01:05
74Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:07
75Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 74 - Cell 2
76Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Amael Moinard (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 76 - Cell 2
78Jerome Cousin (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:14
79Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:01:23
80Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 79 - Cell 2
81Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-ScottRow 80 - Cell 2
82Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 81 - Cell 2
83Kristijan Durasek (Cro) UAE Team EmiratesRow 82 - Cell 2
84Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 83 - Cell 2
85Pierre Rolland (Fra) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 84 - Cell 2
86Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 85 - Cell 2
87Simon Geschke (Ger) Team SunwebRow 86 - Cell 2
88Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 87 - Cell 2
89Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:36
92Jay Thomson (RSA) Dimension DataRow 91 - Cell 2
93Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
94Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 93 - Cell 2
95Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 94 - Cell 2
96Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto SoudalRow 95 - Cell 2
97Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) LottoNL-JumboRow 96 - Cell 2
98Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 97 - Cell 2
99Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:50
100Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:51
101Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb0:01:56
102Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 101 - Cell 2
103Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 102 - Cell 2
104Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 103 - Cell 2
105Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team SkyRow 104 - Cell 2
106Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ0:02:02
107David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 106 - Cell 2
108Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 107 - Cell 2
109Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 109 - Cell 2
111Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 110 - Cell 2
112Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 111 - Cell 2
113Chad Haga (USA) Team SunwebRow 112 - Cell 2
114Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:08
115Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 114 - Cell 2
116Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 115 - Cell 2
117Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 116 - Cell 2
118Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 117 - Cell 2
119Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 118 - Cell 2
120Rory Sutherland (Aus) UAE Team EmiratesRow 119 - Cell 2
121Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 120 - Cell 2
122Tim Declercq (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 121 - Cell 2
123Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 122 - Cell 2
124Ian Boswell (USA) Katusha-AlpecinRow 123 - Cell 2
125Egan Bernal (Col) Team SkyRow 124 - Cell 2
126Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 126 - Cell 2
128Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 127 - Cell 2
129Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team SkyRow 128 - Cell 2
130Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 129 - Cell 2
131Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 130 - Cell 2
132Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 131 - Cell 2
133Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 132 - Cell 2
134Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension DataRow 133 - Cell 2
135Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 134 - Cell 2
136Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 135 - Cell 2
137Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 136 - Cell 2
138Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 137 - Cell 2
139Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-ScottRow 138 - Cell 2
140Wout Poels (Ned) Team SkyRow 139 - Cell 2
141Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension DataRow 140 - Cell 2
142Elie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 141 - Cell 2
143Romain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 142 - Cell 2
144Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 143 - Cell 2
145Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step FloorsRow 144 - Cell 2
146Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-SegafredoRow 145 - Cell 2
147Damien Gaudin (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 146 - Cell 2
148Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step FloorsRow 147 - Cell 2
149Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:02:45
150Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 149 - Cell 2
151Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:02:48
152Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:03:16
DNSVincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 152 - Cell 2
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Sprint - Saint Quentin Sur Isere, 71km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal20pts
2Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team17Row 1 - Cell 3
3Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits15Row 2 - Cell 3
4Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale13Row 3 - Cell 3
5Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates11Row 4 - Cell 3
6John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty-Groupe Gobert4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Finish - Valence, 169.5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe50pts
2Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates30Row 1 - Cell 3
3Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ20Row 2 - Cell 3
4John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo18Row 3 - Cell 3
5Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team16Row 4 - Cell 3
6Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors14Row 5 - Cell 3
7Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team12Row 6 - Cell 3
8Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert10Row 7 - Cell 3
9Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida8Row 8 - Cell 3
10Taylor Phinney (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale7Row 9 - Cell 3
11Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data6Row 10 - Cell 3
12Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty-Groupe Gobert5Row 11 - Cell 3
13Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ4Row 12 - Cell 3
14Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert3Row 13 - Cell 3
15Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2Row 14 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Cote de Brie, 32.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal2pts
2Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1Row 1 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Cote de Sainte Eualie en Royans, 109.5km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1
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#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
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Young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team3:45:55
2Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 1 - Cell 2
3Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 2 - Cell 2
4Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 3 - Cell 2
5Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 4 - Cell 2
6Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 5 - Cell 2
7Timo Roosen (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 6 - Cell 2
8Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 7 - Cell 2
9Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe GobertRow 9 - Cell 2
11Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:36
12Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:51
13Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb0:01:56
14David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:02:02
15Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 14 - Cell 2
16Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 15 - Cell 2
17Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:08
18Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 17 - Cell 2
19Egan Bernal (Col) Team SkyRow 18 - Cell 2
20Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team SkyRow 19 - Cell 2
21Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 20 - Cell 2
22Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 22 - Cell 2
24Elie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 23 - Cell 2