“We didn’t have a rider in the break, and surprisingly enough, that was our plan,” said Sports Director Martin Barras. “Our chance of winning the overall has disappeared with Loes Gunnewijk’s crash of the breakaway so close to the finish yesterday. In consideration of the work we’ve already done, the team time trial in eight days and the possibility of a good result in the final stage in Holland tomorrow, we elected for a quiet day.”
Thirty kilometers from the stage start, two riders slipped away from the peloton. They were joined by a group of 14 chasers. After slightly more than one hour of racing, the winning break had solidified."