Lotto Belisol performed well and rode to a nice seventh place at 28 seconds of the winner. Lotto Belisol was only one second slower than Team Sky and two seconds slower than Cannondale.
Sports director Herman Frison: “With the strong list of participants in mind we hoped before the start to finish around place ten out of twenty-two. If you eventually become seventh, at one second of Team Sky, at two seconds of Cannondale and at four seconds of the fourth place of Tinkoff, then I dare to say that we did a good job. If we could have gone faster? Afterwards you can always say that you could have won a few more seconds along the route, but when you see who’s only ahead of us and which teams we leave behind us, I am satisfied. This result gives confidence to aim for a stage win as of tomorrow. Omega Pharma – Quick-Step has the leader’s jersey and has a top sprinter with Cavendish, same goes for Giant with Kittel and for us with Greipel. If those three teams join forces I think there’s a very big chance we’ll have a bunch sprint.”