Tour de Suisse (st. 2)
Crash with 35km remaining doesn’t prevent Basque climber of Movistar Team from going offensive at lumpy, nervous final circuit; Sagan (BOH) wins restricted field’s sprint.
World road race champion Peter Sagan (BOH) profited from his top speed and resistance to win at a hilly circuit in Frauenfeld (four laps, 155km), venue for Sunday’s stage two in the 2018 Tour de Suisse, where the Movistar Team rode solidly – yet not exempt from incidents.
A crash by Mikel Landa -fortunately, with no injuries- inside the final lap forced the Basque climber to take an extra effort, helped out by Nelson Oliveira, to rejoin the bunch, previously covered by a strong Bennati and Víctor de la Parte. The incident did not avoid seeing Mikel attack after the last climb of Kalchrain (Cat-3), a breakaway attempt caught by several other moves which Amador, Oliveira and José Joaquín Rojas also followed – the former Spanish champion off the front until the last 5km.
The latter three, together with Landa and a well-composed Nairo Quintana, finished the stage inside a restricted peloton with only fifty riders. The Blues’ two GC contenders thus remain 36″ behind Stefan Küng (BMC), now sitting in 19th and 20th overall. Both will have to keep paying attention at another difficult final circuit in Gansingen (182km), with no less than five Cat-3 ascents.
Cover picture (c): Photo Gomez Sport