The stage win was played by the riders from a big breakaway group: Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen won it ahead of Nikias Arndt and Jens Keukeleire.
The peloton with all Astana Team riders, including Fabio Aru, finished without stress 12 minutes 27 seconds behind the stage winner.
- It was known, the breakaway will have very good chances in today’s stage. Our riders also tried to escape, they attacked for several times in the beginning of the stage. But, they paid for yesterday’s effort in the mountains: too much energy was left in the Alps. Finally, it was a calm stage for us, while Fabio Aru finished safely in the peloton. Now, we are looking forward to the time trial in Marseille, - said sports manager Dmitriy Fofonov.
There is no any change in the general classification of the race.
Tomorrow, the decisive individual time trial of 22,5 km will be held in Marseille.
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