The weather was not ideal for a bike race as riders were greeted with some cold, wet and even snowy conditions during the course of the race. With very little climbing on the menu though, the peloton would only really spring to life late in the day. 3 riders, Dario Hernandez (Burgos-BH), Illart Zuazubiskar (Spain) and Unai Intziarte (Murias Taldea) would form the doomed early break of the day. With 10 km to go, their move was neutralised as the sprinters teams took center stage.
MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were once again rather unlucky as Theo Bos, who was the teams protected rider for the day, had to abandon after crashing on the Coll Grau descent. Nevertheless, the African team turned its attention to setting the sprint up for Kristian. Riding side by side with Team Sky, MTN-Qhubeka had control over the peleton in the closing kilometers. A late attack saw 12 riders, which included Kristian, surge clear and arrive at the line just seconds ahead of the peloton.