Tour de Suisse (st. 4)
Nairo, Mikel, Andrey stay 36″ behind Küng (BMC) overall after Saanenmöser climb (Cat-2) doesn’t avoid 60-strong bunch from staying together – behind escapee Juul-Jensen (MTS).
A very early break allowed Chris Juul-Jensen (MTS) holding off the main teams in the 2018 Tour de Suisse at another rainy race on stage four -189km from Gansingen to the Gstaad aerodrome, with the Saanenmöser (Cat-2) ascent just nine kilometers from the end-.
The Dane crossed the finish line with eight seconds over an unexpectedly big peloton, more than 60 riders, due to the steady pace, generous slopes and the presence of a break ahead all making for no significant attacks from the main field. The Movistar Team, with Quintana and Landa again joined by Amador and Rojas into the first echelon of favourites, got through the insistent rain unscathed and reached the airport together -with José Joaquín in 16th place-.
Nairo, Mikel and Andrey are still 14th to 16th overall, 36″ off race leader Stefan Küng (BMC), before Wednesday’s first mountain-top finish in the Helvetic race: Leukerbad (Cat-1; 14km at 4.4%), another climb of high speeds covered after 155km that will also feature the Col du Pillon (Cat-1) and the Montana ascent (HC).