Rain, rain, go away? Not if you're a northern classics stud, as Heinrich Haussler (accompanied for a while by Sylvain Chavanel) stole a page from the Book of April with a powerful escape. Haussler had the legs to make it stick (while Chav completely bonked), and the peloton, while testing each other a bit on the slopes of the Col de Platzerwasel, generally hung together and postponed the real hostilities for another day. Adieu to Levi Leipheimer, whose seemingly innocuous crash yesterday actually resulted in a broken wrist, rendering him unable to start. Very bad luck.
Big day for jerseys, however. The real winner was Franco Pellizotti, who accumulated enough points to take the maillot pois (KOM). In his case, Pellizotti's seizure of the spots may hold to Paris; we'll see. For a while the yellow jersey was under threat with Brice Feillu up the road, though that would have been a temporary matter. Thor Hushovd picks up some 11 points to steal green for the day. Results:
- Heinrich Haussler, Cervelo Test Team
- Amets Txurruka, Euskaltel, at 4.11
- Brice Feillu, Agritubel, at 6.12
- Sylvain Chavanel, Quick Step, at 6.30, at
- Peter Velits, Milram, at 6.43
No change to the GC, as Nocentini rolls home with the pack.