Five days after his seventh place in the GP de La Marseillaise, Georg Zimmermann took his second top ten of the season on French soil this Friday, in a selective third stage of the Etoile de Bessèges (2.1, 2-6/02). The peloton was confronted with a hilly parcours in the heart of the national park Cévennes, containing four categorized climbs and several other hills. On of them was the Col du Trélis with the top 10 kilometer before the finish.
The last escapees of the early breakaway of seven riders were caught on the final climb, just before the GC leaders started their battle. Georg Zimmermann was one of the twenty riders forming the new leading group after the final climb. Three riders took advantage of the downhill to distinguish themselves and take the victory in Bessèges. 15 seconds after winner Thomas (Cofidis), the German rider sprinted to tenth place.