Bayern Tour: Luckily, Jens Voigt (Trek) was two kilometers behind at the end of the 233 kilometer longest stage of the tour. When the Berliner was sent off, the South African Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge) attacked – successfully.
Impey, who was allowed to wear the leader's yellow jersey for a few days last year at the Tour de France, took advantage of the final descent of the day. When Voigt, the last of originally four breakaways, was caught, the South African escaped. He quickly drove out a lead of over half a minute on the field. At the beginning of the last kilometer, eight seconds remained. But these were enough for Impey to relegate his compatriot Reinardt Jansen van Rensburg (Giant-Shimano) and Alexandr Porsev (Katusha) to their places. They were followed by Phil Bauhaus (Stölting), Heinrich Haussler (IAM) and Gerald Ciolek (MTN-Qhubeka). Alexander Krieger from Team Stuttgart finished tenth.
After 15 kilometers of racing, Voigt fled together with Tino Thömel (Team Stuttgart), Sebastian Deckert (LKT Team Brandenburg) and the Colombian Heiner Parra (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA). The quartet's maximum lead was more than seven minutes, but this was melted by the tracking work of the Bretagne-Sechè Environment, IAM and Sky teams.
A good forty kilometers before the finish, Voigt and Thömel broke away from their two former companions. Together, the two Berliners reached the 200-kilometer mark. But then Thömel also had to give up. Voigt then fought back bitterly. Driving in his element, it even looked like he would be able to complete the escape solo until just before the end.
There were no changes in the overall rating. Here the Swiss Mathias Frank (IAM) will be the leader in the individual time trial in Wassertrüdingen tomorrow.