The stage was marked by a three-man breakaway. Rémy Di Gregorio (Française des Jeux), José Luis Arrieta (AG2R La Mondiale) and Ian McKissick (BMC Racing Team) took off four kilometres into the race, and the last of them, Di Gregorio, wasn't captured until there were only eight kilometres left. That opened up the way for the mass sprint.
The Australian called his win "very satisfactory, because it is the first of the seaon after a few rather difficult months. I crashed in February, then I got sick. The Tour de Romandie was really the race where I had sworn to myself that I would return at my best level. It is very enouraging for the Giro."