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“It’s just bitter, bitter disappointment,” said Bauer after the race in Nîmes. “It was a childhood dream to win a stage of the Tour de France. For a person like myself, a domestique, I am normally working for others. So it is my first chance to actually be up the road and with the change in the wind and the weather in the last 100 kilometres, we really realised, myself and Martin, were in with a chance for the win.”

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) claimed his second stage win in Nîmes after the peloton caught the two gallant breakaway riders in a thrilling finale.