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The ten leaders extend their advantage to 3:30 on the unclassified climb towards Bozberg. There are three categorised climbs later in the stage, including the stiff Challpass, whose summit comes with 13.8km remaining.
Matt Holmes (Lotto Soudal), Michael Schär (AG2R Citroën), Matteo Badilatti (Groupama-FDJ), Andreas Leknessund (DSM), Jonas Rutsch (EF Education-EasyPost), Leonardo Basso (Astana-Qazaqstan), Joel Suter (UAE Team Emirates), Mathieu Burgaudeau (TotalEnergies). Simon Vitzthum (Swiss Cycling) and Claudio Imhof (Swiss Cycling)
Peloton at 3:00
11:49:12Meanwhile, the Swiss tandem has bridged up to the early break, leaving ten riders at the head of the race, 3 minutes clear of the Bahrain-led peloton.11:48:11Another correction from race radio: Andreas Leknessund (DSM) is in the front group and not Simon Pellaud (Trek-Segafredo). An understandable error, perhaps, given Pellaud’s boundless appetite for breaking away.11:35:06This has been a fine effort from Imhof and Vitzthum, who are now within half a minute of the eight leaders.11:25:38Simon Vitzthum and Claudio Imhof have closed to within a minute of the break, but this pursuit is anything but straightforward. The eight leaders, meanwhile, have covered some 49.7km in the first hour of racing.11:16:58 Break: Matt Holmes (Lotto Soudal), Michael Schär (AG2R Citroën), Matteo Badilatti (Groupama-FDJ), Simon Pellaud (Trek-Segafredo), Jonas Rutsch (EF Education-EasyPost), Leonardo Basso (Astana-Qazaqstan), Joel Suter (UAE Team Emirates) and Mathieu Burgaudeau (TotalEnergies) Chasers […]