In the Forest
Only one time every year is this stretch of pave open through the forest of Arenberg. Well to be fair, it was twice last year since the Tour de France covered the same stretch of cobbles in stage 5. Since team cars are diverted over the pave sections, team mechanics and soigneurs will stand along the road holding up wheels should their men need them. At this point the peloton is still 5 minutes behind the break away as they are led through the forest by Lotto Soudal and BMC. Tucked in behind the domestiques is Peter Sagan (Saxo Tinkoff) in his Slovak National Champion's kit.