Diagram 1. Viva el teamwork! (4.5 km before arrival -> not on the clip). We are at km 265, a few minutes before a strategic sharp turn that leads directly to the Cauberg, the one kilometre-long hill that constitutes the course’s main difficulty. Teams have already been fighting for position for some time. Note the prominent presence of the Italians (with the young Moser at the front) who are forcing the pace, but also of the Australians, Germans and Spanish riders. In the wheel of race-favourite Philippe Gilbert from Belgium, who is refraining from riding in the wind at this point, there is one Russian, Alexandr Kolobnev, and two Norwegians, Edvald Boasson-Hagen and Petter Nordhaug.