• The weather was less than ideal on a decisive day of the Tour
  • Rain greeted the riders as they rolled to the start line
  • Vincenzo Nibali contemplated the day ahead at the start in Ypres
  • Nine riders broke clear early in the stage
  • The peloton were looking nervous on the wet roads
  • With team-leader Chris Froome out of the race Geraint Thomas pressed on
  • Nibali held his own with the classic-specialists out front
  • Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde formed part of group that lost more than two minutes to Nibali
  • Andrew Talansky was left to battle on alone
  • The wet weather made the conditions treacherous for the riders
  • Thomas and Richie Porte tried to close the gap to Nibali
  • Peter Sagan, Fabian Cancellara and Jens Keukeleire attempted to bridge to the leaders...
  • ...buts as they did, Lars Boom attacked...
  • ...and the Dutchman soloed to the win
  • Nibali held onto his race lead with an impressive ride over the pave...
  • ...while Contador struggled and lost over two minutes to the Italian
  • Three-time Paris-Roubaix winner Fabian Cancellara could only manage fifth
  • Thomas's face reflected the conditions as he crossed the line
  • Porte battled his way over the cobbles to move up to eighth on a testing day for Team Sky
  • Nibali pulled on the yellow jersey on the podium after one of the finest rides of his career

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The weather was less than ideal on a decisive day of the Tour