The queen stage of the race started out very fast. After 12 km we had a first category climb where a group of four took off. They had only 20 seconds over the top as the field was not going to let them go.
On the decent Tom Peterson and one rider brigded up to the front. With six together they got the go and built a gap up to seven minutes. But the field didn’t really give up the hard chase and the pace strong on all day.
The front of the field caught the break at the top of the second-to-last last climb with 20 km to go. The pace in the race never dropped and it was one long elimination all the way to 3 km-to-go when Contador did a serious move and left everybody.
VDV had been tandem with Dan Martin all day and it went really well — Dan was able to be up in the action and finish a nice fourth, only 35 seconds down on the leader and close to second and third. A very strong performance!
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