Peter Sagan wins sprint in Tour de Suisse, Stefan Kung remains leader
Jun 10 2018 05:37 pm CET

Peter Sagan wins sprint in Tour de Suisse, Stefan Kung remains leader
Peter Sagan wins sprint in Tour de Suisse, Stefan Kung remains leader
Photo of Peter Sagan by the A.S.O.

Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) has won the second stage of the Tour de Suisse. The Slovak was the fastest at the final sprint in Frauenfeld, after following the slipstream of Fernando Gaviria.

The second stage of the Swiss race was 155 kilometres long over a hilly circuit around Frauenfeld. The breakaway of the day was formed during the first lap and included Calvin Watson (Aqua Blue Sport), Perrig Quemeneur (Direct Energie) and Filippo Zaccanti (Nippo Vini-Fantini).

The trio took an advantage of more than two minutes and later on the day the group became a quartet after Mitchelton-Scott's Michael Albasini successfully bridged from the pack. The adventure of this group finished at 27 kilometres from the end, when they were reeled back in by the peloton.

Mikel Landa (Movistar) was caught in a crash, but he seemed okay to continue and managed to go back to the main group. Other riders involved in the crash were Alan Marangoni (Nippo Vini-Fantini) and William Clarke (EF Education First).

A couple of kilometres later, the race leader Stefan Küng attacked from the pack in order to take the bonification seconds at the intermediate sprint, and he got three more seconds of advantage.

The last ten kilometres had several attacks by riders like Mark Padun (Bahrain-Merida) and Silvan Dillier (AG2R La Mondiale). The Swiss champion managed to create a considerable gap with the pack and was followed by riders like Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) and Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step).

With five kilometres to go, the group was caught by a fast peloton led by Bora-hansgrohe and Quick-Step Floors. The last kilometre was very active and the sprint trains seemed to be interrupted.

Max Richeze (Quick-Step Floors) was the first to set a high pace, but sprinter Fernando Gaviria was too far behind. The Colombian launched a very strong but early sprint and Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) followed his wheel.

The World Champion crossed the finish line first despite the efforts of Gaviria, who finished second. Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin) was third, Michael Matthews (Sunweb) was fourth and Padun crossed the line in the fifth position.

Küng arrived with the bunch and managed to hold the leader's jersey for another day.






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