Elia Viviani of Deceuninck-Quick Step has won his second stage in as many days at the Tour de Suisse. Viviani took the win ahead of Peter Sagan of BORA-Hansgrohe and Trek-Segafredo’s Jasper Stuyven, while Patrick Bevin claimed his second top ten of the Tour de Suisse.
With stage 6 set to be all about the climbers, today’s stage from Münchenstein to Einsiedeln, 177km in length, was the last chance for the sprinters to shine. Again the stage was not the easiest to predict, with a number of climbs – including a category 2 and cat 3 climb in quick succession in the closing 50km – to tackle.
A spirited breakaway went up the road for the day in the form of Total Direct Energie’s Fabien Grellier, Stefan Küng of Groupama-FDJ, Matej Mohoric of Bahrain-Merida and Bert-Jan Lindemann of Jumbo-Visma. The group worked together effectively in spite of the firepower from a determined peloton until Mohoric went solo with some 30km to go.
He lasted until 15km to go and was caught just before the final intermediate sprint of the stage, and from there it was all about the sprinters, with the vast majority having managed to keep pace with the main field. Team Ineos kept Egan Bernal out of trouble and had the lead of the peloton with 2km to go, but Team Sunweb were also challenging for control; but with 1.6km remaining Deceuninck-Quick Step marshalled their forces at the front of the field with a long train to look after the black jersey of Elia Viviani who was perfectly poised to strike.
Peter Sagan was also in a good position with 1km to go, while Patrick Bevin was rather more concealed as the sprint approached for CCC Team. Around the final bends Deceuninck-Quick Step never relinquished control, with Viviani still sitting in the wheels with a little under 200m to go. Through the final bend it was all about Elia Viviani and Peter Sagan, with the duo well clear of the rest of the field as they kicked for the line. But Sagan could only equal the speed of the Italian, not come through to overtake him, and it was Viviani who took a second consecutive win.
Jasper Stuyven took third place with Matteo Trentin of Mitchelton-SCOTT and Michael Matthews of Team Sunweb completing the top five, while Patrick Bevin put in a powerful acceleration to claim his first top ten in a bunch sprint since finishing sixth in stage 2 of the Tour de Romandie.
Robert Stannard of Mitchelton-SCOTT finished safely in the bunch, with EF Education First’s Tom Scully slightly behind at 53 seconds and Sam Bewley of Mitchelton-SCOTT not far behind him.
Peter Sagan still holds the overall lead, but look out for wholesale changes in the general classification at the end of tomorrow’s summit finish in stage 6.
|Rank||First Name||Last Name||Country||Team||Result|
|1||Elia||VIVIANI||ITA||DECEUNINCK – QUICK – STEP||4:18:26|
|2||Peter||SAGAN||SVK||BORA – HANSGROHE||+00|
|3||Jasper||STUYVEN||BEL||TREK – SEGAFREDO||+00|
|4||Matteo||TRENTIN||ITA||MITCHELTON – SCOTT||+00|
|6||Alexander||KRISTOFF||NOR||UAE TEAM EMIRATES||+00|
|9||Reinardt||JANSE VAN RENSBURG||RSA||TEAM DIMENSION DATA||+00|
|35||Robert||STANNARD||AUS||MITCHELTON – SCOTT||+00|
|102||Tom||SCULLY||NZL||EF EDUCATION FIRST||+53|
|110||Sam||BEWLEY||NZL||MITCHELTON – SCOTT||+01:17|