Tour de Suisse (st. 3)
Quintana, Landa remain within top 20 overall in TDS after rainy stage three; final Cat-3 hill doesn’t keep race from bunch sprint, with Colbrelli (TBM) victorious.
The rain was the big protagonist during stage three of the Tour de Suisse -182km between Oberstammheim and Gansingen, with five Cat-3 ascents along the route- as the Movistar Team riders tried to stay well protected and save energy before the four stages most suited to them, mountains starting on Tuesday with the Saanenmöser (Cat-2) climb just before Gstaad’s finish.
Well supported by Daniele Bennati, Colombian Nairo Quintana got into a very good position through the final hill of Hagenfirst (Cat-3), strung out by an acceleration from Peter Sagan (BOH). The ‘Cóndor’ of Boyacá later drove himself to safer positions into a field battling for the win into a tight sprint, where Sonny Colbrelli (TBM) narrowly bested Fernando Gaviria (QST, 2nd) and Sagan himself (3rd).
Mikel Landa also had a pretty uneventful day, and just like Nairo, the Basque remains within the top 20 overall, +36″ opn race leader Stefan Küng (BMC). José Joaquín Rojas and Andrey Amador also finished inside the main group.
Cover picture (c): Photo Gomez Sport
- 01 Sonny Colbrelli Bahrain-Merida 4h39'51"
- 02 Fernando Gaviria Quick Step "
- 03 Peter Sagan Bora-Hansgrohe "
- 27 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team "
- 39 Andrey Amador Movistar Team "
- 45 Mikel Landa Movistar Team "
- 50 Nairo Quintana Movistar Team "
- 83 Nelson Oliveira Movistar Team +2'07"
- 97 Víctor De la Parte Movistar Team +3'10"
- 119 Daniele Bennati Movistar Team +3'56"
- 01 Stefan Küng BMC Racing Team 8h50'15"
- 02 Greg Van Avermaet BMC Racing Team +3"
- 03 Richie Porte BMC Racing Team "
- 14 Nairo Quintana Movistar Team +36"
- 15 Andrey Amador Movistar Team "
- 16 Mikel Landa Movistar Team "
- 23 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team +52"
- 56 Nelson Oliveira Movistar Team +2'43"
- 88 Víctor De la Parte Movistar Team +5'48"
- 101 Daniele Bennati Movistar Team +7'24"