They set the fastest mark on the day even starting without Timmy Duggan. They also had to shed Best Young Rider Tyler Farrar, though teammate Trent Lowe was there to pick it up. Farrar was unlikely to hold it to the end, so not a big sacrifice.
Astana lost three riders on its way to second place. The first was Michael Schär, who did not finish and was likely still feeling the ill effects of a crash. Another rider they lost was Kireyev (right).
Haedo unclipped from his pedal and his day in the paceline was done.
High Road set some fast splits, but they had to drop Bert Grabsch (above, doing the work at the front).
They shed a lot of riders, including Botero, which certainly hurt their chances.