Always going to be a day for the fast-men of the bunch, Team dsm-firmenich worked to position Alberto Dainese for the finale, with the Italian fast-man taking seventh place in the chaotic finale.
A controlled stage, the peloton always had the two rider breakaway under wraps and Team dsm-firmenich kept their proverbial powder dry for the final. Navigating some nervousness in the bunch after the break was caught, the team moved up well as a group, bringing fast finisher Dainese to the fore on the wheel of Groves inside the final three kilometres. It was a big fight to maintain that place with riders surging from behind, as Sean Flynn gave one last push to bring Dainese into the front as they headed into the last 500 metres. Unfortunately, Dainese was boxed in on the left and couldn’t open up his sprint until late, finishing fast around several riders to take seventh place on the stage.