The Team Sky rider launched a number of accelerations on the second category Bannberg climb as the race passed into Austria, and eventually finished in 10th place amongst an elite group of contenders.
Team Sky looked to monitor and cover off moves on an intriguing 134.3-kilometre test. David de la Cruz made his way into the day’s nine-man break, and when that came back Sebastian Henao, Diego Rosa and Philip Deignan all marked attacks on an undulating run-in.
Kenny Elissonde put in a big dig to help bridge Froome across to the front of the race towards the summit of the final climb. Despite a number of small attacks Froome was unable to create any distance, and in the end was able to finish comfortably to retain his fourth place, 16 seconds back on race leader Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ).
That group came home 11 second behind the day’s victor, with Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) timing his attack well to open out a gap which would never be caught.