No injuries for Spanish sprinter after crash with 500m from Schwarzenbach's finish, while fighting for the win on day three of the Tour de Suisse. Matthews (OGE) wins; Anacona 24" behind Dumoulin before Queen stage
Fortune showed José Joaquín Rojas its two faces at the end of stage three in the Tour de Suisse, again over lumpy roads in its 193km journey from Flims to a final circuit in Schwarzenbach, including several slopes and the Cat-3 rated climb of Kirchberg. With 500m to go, after initial support from Ventoso and Malori and following good position work in the closing stages, the Cieza-born rider crashed against his left-hand side after touching another rider's wheel, which avoided him contesting a final bunch kick won by Michael Matthews (OGE).
Fortunately, and despite a blow to his hip, Rojas came mainly unscathed from the incident and should take tomorrow's start in the Queen stage of the Helvetic race: no less than 237 kilometers finishing atop the Rettenbachferner (HC), a grueling climb of 12.1km at 10.7% average, with its summit almost 2,700 meters above sea level. Winner Anacona will start the day as 12th overall -24" behind Tom Dumoulin (TGA)-.