Boom is content to follow.
Well, Boom takes it with a surprise burst in the final 100m.
He looked almost reticent to take advantage of the others. Boom takes 2 points, Perez 1 point.
If these guys can make it to another KOM, then it's the polka dots on Boom's back. Not sure why the peloton is going so quickly again.
So, with one of four climbs down, Lars Boom leads the KOM classification with 2 points ahead of Euskaltel mates Ruben Perez and J.J. Lobato, who wears the polka dot jersey today. Boom is also second in the points classification behind overall leader Marcel Kittel.
That gap has plummeted to 34 seconds.
Boom is drilling it on the descent from the Bellagranajo.
Omega Pharma is leading the peloton, at :45.
The day's next categorized climb, the Cat. 3 Col de la Serra, is just 8km away.
Serra is 5.2km at 6.9%. Vizzavona is 4.6km at 6.5%.
Boom and Perez have fallen off the pace in the breakaway. Kadri and Veilleux are flying.
These two have no interest in giving more KOM points to the former cyclocross world champ.
FDJ is driving the pace on the climb in the peloton. Mark Cavendish has fallen off the pace.
Velleiux isn't afraid of pushing the pace. His Dauphine stage win was an acceleration nearly 50km out and with another 2 climbs to go.
This might as well be a 1-day race to he and his Europcar teammates.
Thomas Voeckler has attacked from the peloton.
Interesting that the Vizzavona is a Cat. 2 climb, and the Serra a Cat. 3, when the Serra is longer and steeper. The Vizzavona tops out much higher, though, at 1,163m. Really, it's just one 10km long climb, with only a few kilometers separating them.
Strange to see Voeckler jump, given Veilleux off the front with Kadri.
The pace is thinning the bunch and Kittel is dropped.
Voeckler has passed Boom and Perez.
@Dave Boom has done a great job completing one of his teams goals already - getting Belkin some worldwide recognition.
Today might just be an extension of that - he was probably the only rider from his team near the front when the break formed. He had to go.
Voeckler is going to bridge up to Veilleux. On a related note, we're staying at the same hotel as Europcar tonight.
@TimJohnson: Thanks for answering that, Tim. On a related note, Dave is my brother in law! Hey Dave!
The most famed jaw in pro road cycling is cruising across the gap.
I'm all about the "related notes"
Related note: Kittel has a teammate with him.
FDJ is curiously chasing. I guess one French team doesn't want to see another French team taking the maillot jaune (?)
Veilleux and Kadri have 53 seconds on the peloton. Voeckler is in between, and he has to be within a half-minute.
It's always hard to accurately predict, or even describe, the race within a race.
Great crowds out today, lining the climb.
Very. One could speculate a range of things here, from Veilleux working in the early break to support Voeckler out front to a rift between the Europcar captain and the young Canadian. Regardless, Europcar is animating and that's a good thing, though FDJ is about to pull the bunch onto Voeckler's wheel.
Kadri (AG2R) on his own at the front. Voeckler about to bridge to his Europcar teammate, Veilleux. FDJ chasing. It's like a three-way French shootout!
A veritable French-off.
Who will come close to winning, but not?!
Veilleux is back in the peloton. FDJ continues to lead a thinning bunch. Alexander Kristoff is still there in green.
@Taylor A combo of the two, its just good tactics once Voekler had his gap.
Kadri is over the top on his own, taking top points.
Kittel is 2:55 behind Kadri. He'll not be wearing the full-body yellow tomorrow, it would appear.
Kadri has 35 seconds on the peloton with 68km to go.
A big group has formed behind Kittel, more than 2 minutes behind the peloton.