After the rest day, the Grande Boucle was on the French roads again with a stage that had its topic moments in the final part.
The 187,5 km from Besancon to Oyonnax were in fact characterized by 4 Kom (three of 3rd category and one of 4th category) all packed in the final 44 km.
Gallopin laughs for the joy of the victory, that he obtained thanks to a solo attack he started on the final hill; Chris Horner smiles since he could be in the 35 members group of athletes that chased Gallopin and that could crossed the finish line just after the winner; Rui Costa (photo Bettini) feels sorry because he suffered for breathing problems that caused him to finish the stage 1’36″ after Gallopin.
In the overall classification, Rui Costa dropped to the 14th place, at 5’34″ to Nibali; Horner is still 17th at +7’33″.
“Today I had not the beest feelings, nevertheless I managed to be at the arrival in the top riders group - Horner explained - Since I knew I was not so competitive in the climbs, I focused my attention on covering the donwhills in the early positions, so that I could rely on small advantages in approaching the hills”.
Rui Costa said: “Obviously, I’m not satisfied for my performance. I suffered from the start and I thought the reason was the temperature increase after days of cold temperature and rain.
After the stage, team doctor visited me and I understood I’m facing bronchitis: I hope I’ll be able to recover soon, so that I’ll have the chance to repay the support of the team and of my team mates, that today too were great in helping me during the worse moments in order to reduce the gap”.
1- Gallopin 4h35’45″
2- Degenkolb s.t.
3- Trentin s.t.
4- Bennati s.t.
33- Horner s.t.
48- Rui Costa 1’36″, 61- Durasek s.t., 67- Valls 1’42″, 90- Serpa 9’42″, 104- Oliveira 18’25″, 168- Cimolai 20’26″
1- Nibali 46h59’23″
2- Porte 2’23″
3- Valverde 2’47″
4- Bardet 3’01″
14- Rui Costa 5’34″
17- Horner 7’33″