The stage started with a group of 10 riders forming a breakaway. The breakaway consisted mainly of riders from local teams. Panamá es Cultura y Valores rider Christofer Jurado was among them and passed 1st both 2 climbs of the stage, being the 1st leader of the mountain's jersey.
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Eventually the break was reduced to 2 and was caught approximately 20 km to go. And the teams with sprinters started to make the lead outs for their fast men's. A big crash happened at 8.2 km to the finish line that break the peloton, but it didn't compromise the sprint.
On the last km Soudal-Quick-Step was leading the peloton until Bora-Hansgrohe rider Danny Van Poppel did an amazing lead out that was capitalized by his leader Sam Bennett. He beat Michael Morkov who took the opportunity in the absence of Jakobsen due to the crash, and Giacomo Nizzolo.
There was strong wind and the possibility of echelons was strong but eventually didn't have any impact in the stage. The Irishman takes not only the win, but also the leaders and points jersey into the second day of racing.
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