The wind blew and a green jersey favourite set his team to work. Moments later, a seemingly simple stage exploded into chaotic life. What followed was a four-hour masterclass in how to make your opponents hurt.
'Echelons’ was the word on everybody’s lips going into the stage, with strong crosswinds forecast for the closing 40 kilometres. However, Peter Sagan’s Bora-Hansgrohe team didn’t feel like waiting around until then.