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.

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!” 

 

Stage results:
Rank Last Name First Name Country Team Result
1 JUUL JENSEN Christopher DEN        MITCHELTON – SCOTT 4:35:56
2 MATTHEWS Michael AUS        TEAM SUNWEB +08
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
9 LAMBRECHT Bjorg BEL        LOTTO SOUDAL +08
10 GONÇALVES José POR        TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN +08
11 VAN AVERMAET Greg BEL        BMC RACING TEAM +08
12 MONFORT Maxime BEL        LOTTO SOUDAL +08
13 SIVAKOV Pavel RUS        TEAM SKY +08
14 KELDERMAN Wilco NED        TEAM SUNWEB +08
15 GAUTIER Cyril FRA        AG2R LA MONDIALE +08
16 ROJAS José ESP        MOVISTAR TEAM +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
OTHER          
127 BEWLEY Sam NZL        MITCHELTON – SCOTT +09:59

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