Gianni Moscon finished second on a brutal day of climbing on the queen stage of Route du Sud as Kenny Elissonde improved his position in the overall standings.
Salvatore Puccio sprinted to a top 10 finish on stage eight of the Tour de Suisse as Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) sealed his second win of the race.
Sagan comfortably won the sprint after several late attacks failed to split the divided peloton, with Puccio finishing 10th
The short 100km stage looked as though it may end with a successful break as Jaco Venter (Team Dimension Data), Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal), Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue Sport) and Nick Van der Lijke (Team Roompot) managed to get away for the majority of the stage.
But with a large number of sprinters' teams not having a presence at the front of the race, the group were eventually reeled in with just over 10km remaining, leading to a sprint finish.
Danny van Poppel was unfortunately unable to take the start line.