The 26-year-old young Frenchman Nans Peters claimed his first stage win at the Tour de France for AG2R La Mondiale.
Peters rode solo into the finish at Loudenvielle after proving himself the strongest man of the breakaway group.
The Frenchman beat Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) and Carlos Verona (Movistar) by 47 seconds, having dropped eventual fourth-placed man Ilnur Zakarin (CCC Team) on the descent of the day’s penultimate climb, the Port de Balès.
“This is crazy, absolutely crazy. I had a dream to win a stage in the Tour de France and I’ve done it,” Peters said afterward. “To be honest Zakarin was better than me on the climb but I did everything I could. I kept telling myself, telling myself I’m the best, I’m the strongest. I really did everything I could.”