151-km long nervous stage was characterized by eight climbs and early breakaway that was formed at 25 km from the start and made it to the finish line.
Kazakh rider of Astana Pro Team Zhandos Bizhigitov finished 1’05 after the stage winner, in the peloton, which was also reduced and included only around 20 riders at the finish.
- It was a very hard and nervous stage from the very beginning. It was many short, but hard climbs. After around 25 km from the start, peloton lead breakaway to go, and the main group never caught it. I felt good today and finished in the first group just after the breakaway, where we also were only around 20 riders. Tomorrow will be the final stage, with the flat route, which more likely will finish with a massive sprint, - said Zhandos Bizhigitov after the finish.