Démare (FDJ) wins bunch sprint in Buochs -with Rojas in 16th place- after a day of sun and tranquility; Costa, Visconti keep 3rd and 4th overall
There were no real changes at the easiest stage to date in the 2013 Tour de Suisse, ridden over 174km from Innertkirchen to Buochs which came down to a chaotic sprint -with a tight bend left just 200m from the finish- won by Frenchman Arnaud Démare (FDJ) with half a wheel over Australian Matthew Goss (OGE). No incidents either for the Movistar Team riders, who saved the first of three likely calm days before the race’s showdown starts on Friday.
Enrique Sanz kept his blue jersey as Rush leader while Rui Costa and Giovanni Visconti enjoyed the sun after fighting bravely under the rain on Monday, and stay in 3rd and 4th overall with less than a minute back on local Matthias Frank (BMC). José Joaquín Rojas, the man in charge of sprinting duties from the Blues, was only 16th and will be set to improve tomorrow in a finish suited for him: 188km between Buochs and a circuit in Leuggern with two Cat-4 climbs and a slight crest at the final straight.