A pan flat stage screamed a sprint-battle royale and the man with the fastest wheels and the coolest head was BORA-hansgrohe’s Sam Bennett. The Irishman played it perfectly on the frantic finish. Grabbing Elia Viviani‘s wheel in the blisteringly fast run to the line and waiting forever before kicking again to come around the Italian for his first Grand Tour victory. Niccolo Bonifazio pipped Sacha Modolo for third. Simon Yates finished safely to retain the pink jersey.