But that did not stop a car speeding past the lead group of riders with 900m to go, forcing stage winner Alexander Kristoff to change his line as he weaved across the road, trying to outfox a pair of Astana riders.
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Playing a game of cat and mouse in the final kilometre, Kristoff pulled over to the left side of the road and was forced back towards the middle by a protruding kerb.
Fortunately the Norwegian checked over his shoulder before weaving all the way to the right as a silver race vehicle sped past the three riders on the inside. Kristoff noticeably changes his line as the car whizzes off into the distance.
Why the car was so desperate to beat the riders to the finish line is unknown, especially as the riders were using the whole road to try and gain an advantage and nullify attacks.
The video was uploaded and tweeted by FDJ’s Jeremy Roy, who called on the UCI to take action on rider safety and passing vehicles.