Sölden becomes cruel wall for Blues
17 June 2015

Tour de Suisse (st. 4)

Movistar Team suffers second abandon in Switzerland as Ion Izagirre leaves, out of energy and strength. Antón moves into begining of Rettenbachferner climb, joins Anacona as top performer behind stage winner Pinot (FDJ)

The long-awaited Queen stage of the 2015 Tour de Suisse -237km from Untertetzen to the Rettenbachferner in Sölden- was thankless with the Movistar Team, as the Blues were down to six riders after fue ingrata con un Movistar Team after Ion Izagirre had to withdraw. The Basque has not sufficiently recovered from a hard Giro d'Italia for him, both physically and mentally, and decided to put an end to his race and leave responsibility to lead the telephone squad on Igor Antón and Winner Anacona.

While the Basque attacked briefly on the foot of the final climb -a real 'wall', 12km over 10% average and its summit at almost 2.700m above sea level-, the Colombian, well protected by an ever-consistent Fran Ventoso, reached the base of the ascent in good position but ended up struggling and dropping back with 7km to go, losing as many minutes in the overall classification together with Antón.

Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) is the new leader of the Race thanks to his victory in the Austrian glacier, and will try to defend tomorrow his yellow jersey over a flat, 193km route from Wil to Biel.