Peter Sagan of BORA-Hansgrohe has won stage 2 of the Tour de Suisse and taken the overall race lead. Sagan got the better of Deceuninck-Quick Step’s Elia Viviani and Trek-Segafredo’s John Degenkolb in the first bunch sprint finish of the race.
After missing out in stage 2 courtesy of a late attack from Luis Leon Sanchez, the sprinters were determined not to go nought for two opportunities this time around. The stage itself was much more bunch sprint friendly, with the 162.3km between Flamatt and Murten containing just two third category climbs.
Four riders went pretty much unchallenged into the early break of the day with Simon Pellaud of the Swiss National Team being joined by Ryan Anderson of Rally UHC, Willie Smit of Katusha-Alpecin and Jumbo-Visma’s Bert-Jan Lindeman. At the top of the first climb the break had gained a handy 4.15mins but from there BORA-Hansgrohe and Deceuninck-Quick Step worked at bringing the break back.
Gradually the break were pulled back until they were finally caught with just shy of 10km to go . . . or all but Pellaud at least who dug his heels in and refused to be swept up for another 4km. With 6km to go he finally succumbed though and from there it was all on for the sprint.
Heading into the final kilometre Deceuninck-Quick Step had the lead with Peter Sagan poised to strike from the wheel of Elia Viviani. In the end though, rather than launch from Viviani, Sagan opted to join the lead out from Trek-Segafredo that was coming through thick and fast. Through the final bend with 200m to go Jasper Stuyven had inadvertently given Peter Sagan the perfect armchair ride to the finish and from there Sagan launched completely unchallenged to take the stage with ease.
Viviani took second and Degenkolb third with Ivan Carcía Cortina of Bahrain Merida and Ben Swift of Team Ineos rounding out the top five.
Tom Scully of EF Education First, Sam Bewley and Robert Stannard of Mitchelton-SCOTT all finished in the main field with the same time as Sagan and co, with Patrick Bevin of CCC Team crossing the line 1.26mins later; with teammate Greg van Avermaet opting to challenge for the sprints so far.
|Rank||First Name||Last Name||Country||Team||Result|
|1||Peter||SAGAN||SVK||BORA – HANSGROHE||3:39:25|
|2||Elia||VIVIANI||ITA||DECEUNINCK – QUICK – STEP||+00|
|3||John||DEGENKOLB||GER||TREK – SEGAFREDO||+00|
|4||Ivan||GARCIA CORTINA||ESP||BAHRAIN – MERIDA||+00|
|7||Reinardt||JANSE VAN RENSBURG||RSA||TEAM DIMENSION DATA||+00|
|9||Thomas||BOUDAT||FRA||TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE||+00|
|10||Daniel||HOELGAARD||NOR||GROUPAMA – FDJ||+00|
|56||Tom||SCULLY||NZL||EF EDUCATION FIRST||+00|
|66||Robert||STANNARD||AUS||MITCHELTON – SCOTT||+00|
|112||Sam||BEWLEY||NZL||MITCHELTON – SCOTT||+00|