Lutsenko launched a solo attack on a day punctuated by falls on the treacherous descending sections, but had his lead cut when he misjudged a corner.

And the Kazakh rider went down again going into the run-in, denying his chances of staying away for the duration.

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Having been caught by the chasing trio of Adam Yates, Primoz Roglic and Jakob Fuglsang, it looked like Lutsenko’s chances of winning the stage had evaporated.

But the 26-year-old had other ideas, launching into a sprint and holding on to take an emotional victory.

Adam Yates finished third to protect his overall lead in the race.

Speaking after the stage, he said: "The strongest guy won in the end, fair play to him."

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