All was looking good for a solid defence of Charlie's well earned U23 jersey, until an Astana rider ploughed into a pothole directly in front of him, leaving Charlie no option but to hit the floor and end up leaving the race in an ambulance. Luckily it seems nothing is broken and he should be fine.
With Charlie's exit from the race however Ben has now moved up to 3rd on the U23 classification, only 8 seconds off the lead. He also sits just outside the top 10 on GC at 12th. The team will be therefore trying to help Ben out on the next few days to replace Charlie and get the jersey back.