The 166 km stage around Antey St.-André counted with three first category climbs and an uncategorized climb (average 6 percent) to the finish. Adriano Baffi: "Today we had almost 4000 meters of climbing on the menu, so that's pretty crazy. We had to come up with a good plan. The first ten kilometers were downhill and I asked our riders to try to go in a break. If the break could start the first climb with a nice head start, it would have a chance to make it to the finish."
Bob Jungels and Eugenio Alafaci were part of the morning break, which counted about thirty riders. On the first climb, with about ten riders gradually dropping, no rider showed a true interest to work hard.
On the second climb, Bob Jungels upped the speed and went away with a team mate of the overall leader, Fabio Aru. Jungels: "I was hoping to make a selection and go on with three or four other riders, but it was only this one rider who could follow", says Jungles, who admits that most riders in the peloton were afraid ahead of the Queen stage of the week long race.
Halfway the second climb Fabio Aru, the overall leader, found himself isolated in the back and his sport director called back the rider that was with Jungels. "I was on my own from there on. There were 80 kilometers and three big climbs left to do. I didn't think for one moment to drop back. I was basically looking at a time trial in the mountains and you all know how much I like time trials. I kept my power output steady and kept on pushing the watts."
Jungels, who's already quite far back on the GC, was convinced he could bring home the victory. "I figured I would lose time on the climbs to the Italian riders, but I knew I wouldn't lose time on the downhills and on the flats. It turned out that I kept on gaining time, whether it was uphill or downhill."
Adriano Baffi: "Bob showed a lot of grinta today and what he did is a proper class act. He didn't flinch for a minute and started his lone venture with a lot of class. He was strong on the climbs and strong on the descents!"
Jungels started the last 9 kilometers to the finish with an advantage of several minutes and kept up on tugging to finish almost 6 minutes ahead of his chasers. "You don't really think about anything when you're alone at the front. You're suffering, but you know that everybody is suffering. I'm so happy with this result. I didn't have this planned, I only knew that my legs were getting in shape again after my break. This gives a good boost to the team, because he had bad luck too."
Jungels refers to the fact the LEOPARD TREK lost three riders today. Alex Kirsch collided with a motorbike of the organization, crashed hard and had to be taken to the hospital with a possible broken elbow. Fortunately, the scan revealed no broken bones. Jesus Ezquerra and Pit Schlechter dropped out of the race as well.