Sam Bewley of Mitchelton-Scott has praised teammate Chris Juul-Jensen after the Dane’s solo stage win in stage 4 of the Tour de Suisse. Bewley – part of the Tour de Suisse squad alongside Juul-Jensen – rolled home in a big group a few minutes after his teammate after a day of rain produced slick conditions and some courageous racing by his Danish teammate to take the win.
On another rain-soaked day in the Tour de Suisse the 147 remaining riders in the race faced 189km from Gansingen to Gstaad, with the final 17km being particularly interesting as a 7.2km climb, averaging 4.6% was positioned just 8km from the finish line.
The break of the day established itself without too much trouble and Chris Juul-Jensen found himself in the move alongside Silvan Dillier and Nans Peters of AG2R La Mondiale, Paul Ourselin of Direct Energie, Nathan Brown of EF Education First-Drapac and Mark Christian of Aqua Blue Sport.
BMC Racing led the peloton behind them but were happy to let the break gain a substantial 5 minute gap very early on. Eventually the team of yellow jersey Stefan Kung were joined by Quick-Step Floors and BORA-Hansgrohe, and despite crashes taking their toll on a number of riders in the grim conditions the pace in the peloton was strong; but it would be the climb of the Saanenmöser that would be decisive.
Call him what you want, but stoked for the Gypsy! A real team mate who deserves this one! https://t.co/Djcrs600lC
— SamBewley (@SamBewley) June 12, 2018
Brown kicked off the attacks in the breakaway before an aggressive move from Nans Peters saw only Juul-Jensen able to keep pace with him. The two had a slender 20 second lead over the peloton, and at this stage it really looked like it was advantage bunch; with sprinters Sagan, Matthews, Colbrelli, Albasini all raring to take stage honours.
For a long stretch of the final few kilometres Peters looked the stronger of the two riders, but Juul-Jensen dug deep to stay in contention, finally able to launch a move of his own with 4km to go; and this time Peters was unable to respond. What followed was a highly intense chase as the peloton came within metres of their catch; but the Dane was just fractionally too strong.
Peters dangled between the lone leader and the peloton until just 150m to go when he was cruelly caught; but by then Juul-Jensen was able to sit up and celebrate a little further up the road as he knew that his 8 second advantage was going to be good enough for the win.
Michael Matthews of Team Sunweb led home the peloton for second, ahead of Yves Lampaert of Quick-Step Floors and BORA-Hansgrohe’s Peter Sagan.
After the stage Sam Bewley had high praise for his victorious teammate, calling him, “A real team mate who deserves this one!”
|Rank||Last Name||First Name||Country||Team||Result|
|1||JUUL JENSEN||Christopher||DEN||MITCHELTON – SCOTT||4:35:56|
|3||LAMPAERT||Yves||BEL||QUICK – STEP FLOORS||+08|
|4||SAGAN||Peter||SVK||BORA – HANSGROHE||+08|
|5||COLBRELLI||Sonny||ITA||BAHRAIN – MERIDA||+08|
|6||NIELSEN||Magnus Cort||DEN||ASTANA PRO TEAM||+08|
|7||BATTAGLIN||Enrico||ITA||TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO||+08|
|8||ALBASINI||Michael||SUI||MITCHELTON – SCOTT||+08|
|10||GONÇALVES||José||POR||TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN||+08|
|11||VAN AVERMAET||Greg||BEL||BMC RACING TEAM||+08|
|15||GAUTIER||Cyril||FRA||AG2R LA MONDIALE||+08|
|17||STUYVEN||Jasper||BEL||TREK – SEGAFREDO||+08|
|18||ULISSI||Diego||ITA||UAE TEAM EMIRATES||+08|
|19||PETERS||Nans||FRA||AG2R LA MONDIALE||+08|
|20||HAIG||Jack||AUS||MITCHELTON – SCOTT||+08|
|127||BEWLEY||Sam||NZL||MITCHELTON – SCOTT||+09:59|