180km to go: Wellens and Jansen get pulled back into the pack and the leading trio don’t survive much longer, as Van Aert leads the chase, then eases off as Wellens has another go off the front as Cosnefoy, Van der Hoorn and Skujins come into view. Van Aert is up there, of course, as is Pogacar, with Geraint Thomas attempting to stay in touch. Then Van Aert goes off on another dig. There’s a wind, and he’s trying to use it to split the pack. He has repeated digs.

190 km to go: Tim Wellens of Lotto-Soudal is chasing down the three breakaways, and Amund Grøndahl Jansen of Bike Exchange has joined the chase, the peloton continuing to loom behind him, that man Van Aert piling it on, taking it up. They are a minute behind the trio at the front, and then 49 seconds behind Wellens, who has joined forces with Jansen.

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