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Mellow Velo

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 Today's stage was like watching a great, slow burn thriller, only in reverse.
What started out looking as an all action epic, ended up a battle among relatively small fry for stage honours, while the GC boys, but for a slight crash at the end, took the day off.

 The attacks came in earnest soon after the flag drop, the peloton splitting as it chased down various attempted moves off the front. The pink jersey Attila Valter was caught out in one of these splits. More than 50km later, the successful breakaway formed. The escapees were Nikias Arndt (DSM), Kobe Goossens (Lotto-Soudal), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Alexis Gougeard (Ag2r Citroën), Victor Lafay (Cofidis), Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF-Faizane) and Francesco Gavazzi (Eolo-Kometa) and Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates). Victor Campenaerts (Qhubeka-Assos)  also made his way across after a lengthy chase.
The race then settled down before the big climb of the day and with it, a kind of stalemate. Heading into the final climb, Campenaerts attacked and took the intermediate sprint, Carboni made it across to him. Carboni leaft Campenaerts behind inside the final 3km with Gougeard in third on the road but not for long, as Cofidis’ Victor Lafay made his successful bid for victory. EOLO-Kometa’s Gavazzi caught and past Carboni, taking second, with Arndt third.

Oh and how's this for a coincidence?
Cofidis's last GT win was Stage 6 of the Vuelta, 2019, won by Jesus Herrada, who had Cofidis's other win yesterday, at the Challenge Mallorca.


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