Diagram 2. Survival of the fittest (at the bottom of the Cauberg -> clip = 0:40). There is only one quick line through the turn so the peloton becomes even more stretched-out than it already was. The teams that were riding at the front as coherent blocks have now been dispersed. Of the Spanish riders, only Freire is still there; of the German squad, only Degenlkolb is left; the Australians have vanished out of sight. In the lead, there are now two “two-stage rockets” : the Italian one with Paolini pulling Nibali, and just behind, the Belgian rocket composed of Roelandts and Boonen. And then suddenly, a third two-stage rocket appears to their right, composed of Leukemans who is positioning Gilbert. In their immediate slipstream, there is UK sensation Tiernan-Locke and then the two Norwegians who are still hanging on. Russia’s Kolobnev is also nearby.