Astana came to the race with a purpose in mind. Not that every team doesn't want to win the race, Astana brought a very powerful team ready to work for last year's winner of the Tour de France, Vincenzo Nibali. One way to take pressure off of the rest of the team is to put at least one man into the breakaway. That way, the team is not expected to help chase down the break thus allowing the breakaway rider's teammates to hide out of the wind, while other teams do the hard work of chasing down the break. Once the peloton had almost caught the early morning break, it was Andriy Grivko who jumped out of the Astana led peloton to work for his fellow turquoise clad compatriots.
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