Today’s 182 kilometre route from Balatonfüred to Nagykanizsa saw a hilly start for the peloton, before a flatter finale with a sprint finish expected at the end of the stage. It was a fast start to the day, before a breakaway of seven riders established itself at the head of the race, with all Team DSM riders in the bunch.
As the kilometres ticked by, the advantage of those out front fell but they put up a valiant effort which forced a hard chase back in the peloton. Eventually the breakaway was caught at around three kilometres to go, and the team moved up well together to set up Alberto Dainese for the sprint finish. However, it was once again a hectic and technical run in with several twists and turns, which unfortunately resulted in some crashes in the peloton. As a result, the team lost each other a bit as the race charged towards the finish but Niklas Märkl and Dainese re-found each other, with Dainese in around tenth wheel through the final corner.
The twisting run in continued with some sweeping bends in the final few hundred metres, where Dainese launched a strong kick to the line against the barriers, having to check himself ever so slightly before coming around the outside and sprinting to a brilliant second place at the finish.