Working for Their Sprinters TOC35
With perhaps the best known sprinter in the world up the road, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff). The teams of sprinters Brian Coquard (Direct Energie) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) went to the front and put in the effort to chase the Slovakian down. Neither of them had yet to claim a stage victory in this year's running of the Tour, and the quarry already has two victories this year. Just behind the two teams you can just see the Yellow Jersey on the shoulders of Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep). He had been tested early in the stage by those in second and third overall, Rohan Dennis and Brentbookwalter, both riding for BMC Pro Cycling, and he had defended his jersey admirably. With a flat sprinter's stage for the finale, it seems that all he need do to win the Tour of California is stay upright for one more day.