Bahern Rundfahrt champion Dowsett can be seen riding in the centre of the peloton as a rainstorm hits the bunch in the closing section of the day, which started in Anneyron and finished 228 kilometres later in Sisteron – the longest stage of the eight-day WorldTour race.
Water spray from riders’ wheels splatters the camera as the bunch moves quickly to catch up with the day’s break and several riders who had launched attacks on the final climb of Cote de la Marquise.
In the end, the peloton regrouped and French sprinter Nacer Bouhanni claimed his second stage win in the race. Australian Rohan Dennis (BMC) safely retained the overall race lead going into Thursday’s first mountain stage.
Elsewhere in the video, shot by cameras mounted on the bikes of Yannick Martinez and Romain Guillemois of Europcar, and Tyler Farrar and King of the Mountains leader Daniel Teklehaimanot of MTN Qhubeka, you can see riders almost constantly jostling for position on the twisting route.
At one point, the rider with the camera cuts up a couple of other riders, causing shouts of ‘Whoa! watch it!’. It gives a sense of how close the riders are to each other and how the smallest move could cause a crash.