Early in the day a five man breakaway enjoyed the freedom of a ten minute gap as Astana forced Garmin to do all the work to keep the escapees in check. But it was a split crash that put paid to any ideas of Garmin to take on the yellow of Contador as they came into the final stages of today's race. With attacks coming thick and fast in the final 8km the action was heating up in the sprint for the line, with Thomas of Team Sky focused on his aim. However Bole stormed to victory as he edged out from Thomas' slipstream meters from the finish.
Thomas' third place finish saw him remain safely in fourth place overall behind Contador who retained the leaders jersey. Tomorrow the peloton will journey 177km from Annonay to Bourg-Saint-Andeol.