The peloton didn't let the breakaway built up much of a time gap. The teammates of the sprinters did the work of pegging the gap around a minute to a minute and a half. The effort was shared by Lampre Merida, Trek Factory Racing, and Lotto Soudal. The rain made it difficult to tell who was who. Between off team colors race capes and covered race bibs, it was almost a guessing game to identify one rider from another.