Surprising Them All
Philippe Gilbert (BMC) is the king of last minute solo runs to the line. He is a former UCI World Road Racing Champion because of a late attack just like the one he launched today with just 5 kilometers left to race. One has to be a very strong rider to pull this move off. It requires being able to ride away from the lead out trains of the sprinters' teams, who are riding as fast as possible to prevent just such an attack. Gilbert made is move sliding past Team Sky's train as they were concentrating on the lead out trains of Etixx-Quickstep and Katusha.