With the goal of getting it into the break to play for the stage win the team rode well with Chris Hamilton making the move; and battling to a strong eight place at the end of the day; yet another top ten for Team dsm-firmenich.
A fierce start to the day saw incredibly fast racing with 50 kilometres covered in the first hour as even the GC riders rolled attacks. Hamilton was sharp when it came together and bridged to group ahead on the opening climb of the day. Despite being held close initially, the proverbial elastic then snapped and Hamilton’s break gained enough time so it was clear they would fight for the stage win. The nature of the route made it tactical and with a strong group several attacks were made, including some from Hamilton, but it all came down to the final climb. A trio managed to escape with Hamilton in a chasing group. Over the top the leaders held 30 seconds but after playing some games, Hamilton’s group had then in view in sight of the line. However, they just wouldn’t be able to come back with Hamilton taking a fine eighth place on the day; showing his good legs after his third place on stage nine.