Pressing Their Advantage
Once the early break had been caught, it was time for the contenders and pretenders to have a go at getting away from the fast moving peloton. The average speed of the 260 kilometer stage was roughly 45 kilometers per hour, so it took a great deal of effort for Thor Hushovd (BMC) in his Norwegian Champion Jersey and company to get away and form the second eight rider break of the day. Behind this group, Tom Boonen (OPQS) realized that he wanted in with a strong man like Thor. Both riders are former wearers of the Rainbow Jersey of World Road Race Champion, both wearing the rainbow stripes on the sleeves of their team kit.