Nathan Haas put himself right into the general classification picture on stage 6, going with the right moves and sprinting for third on the stage to jump up the overall to third as well. Director Sportif Geert VanBondt sent this report.
It was a windy stage of 190 km with two finish laps of 7km that contained one steep climb.
A small group of six went away in the start and easily took six minutes with nobody on the GC there. After 125 km we came to a category 1 climb and after that point the Sky guys tried to put on the gas.
Our guys where aware at that point and all where in front and even took over the pace. So it ended up with 11 riders and three from us — Nathan, Sep and Steele.
A few teams from the GC had to chase hard to come back so we had some bad luck there. On the first time of the climb the big favorite Tiernan-Locke went strong and Nathan tried to follow. He was just to strong and at that point Nathan kept on riding with the other riders on the wheel. He just had to sit in the group and let the others do the work.
So in the end two riders in front with Tiernan-Locke who was second and took the jersey. Nathan won the sprint behind and is now third at 18 seconds on GC and at five seconds from Leigh Howard in second.
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