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On-bike cameras from Velon caught a little bit of the tussling in action, with Cofidis’s Christophe Laporte and Katusha’s Michael Morkov butting heads like rutting stags.
Those two weren’t the only ones using their bodies to their advantage, with several others getting in on the action as the two trains fought for position on the road.
The last laugh went to Cofidis as Bouhanni won the sprint by effectively boxing Kristoff in as he followed Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) towards the finish line.
It brought some excitement to what was a pretty uneventful stage up to that point, although Chris Froome did almost stack it twice about three kilometres from the line.