Preparing to Descend
The riders have to get ready to descend off of the high climbs. They heat up with the effort of the climb often sweating despite the cold, so it is important to keep the cold wind of the fast descent from chilling their lungs. So will still climbing, with the summit literally around the corner, Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis) sits up to zip up. Mate along with his teammate Nicolas Edet are some of the members of a rather large break away that includes, Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Jack Bauer (Orica GreenEdge), and Jon Izaquirre, the Spanish National Champion on Team Movistar.