The Tour Take | Tour de Suisse Stage 3
1st – Sonny Cobrelli
2nd – Fernando Gaviria
3rd – Peter Sagan
Five categorised climbs came in the last 65km of the 183km Stage 4. A finishing loop with two climbs was covered two and a half times, making for a lumpy finish. It was enough to shell the heavier sprinters and domestiques in a frenetic wet finish, and the peloton was severely reduced by the end of the day.
Overall – Stefan Kung
KOM – Filippo Zaccanti
Points – Calvin Watson
Young Riders – Sam Oomen
Some characters form yesterday popped up in our breakaway once again, with Calvin Watson’s Points Jersey and Filippo Zaccanti’s KOM Jersey riding out front, along with Fabbien Grellier. They found a max gap of around five minutes, as Grellier took four KOM prizes and Watson won two more intermediate sprints. There was even more De Ja Vu later on as another Mitchelton-SCOTT rider bridged up to the front late in the stage; this time Chris Juul Jensen. He reached the front with 30km to go, but the entire break was swept up not long later.
With 15km to go, the break was finally caught, and with one 2.1km climb to go, the scene was set for another aggressive finish. It was Sagan who was the main aggressor though, with the Slovak charging up the final climb, attempting to drop all his other sprint rivals. It didn’t work though, as Matthews and Gaviria both remained intact. Some small attacks went away on the final descent, but none stuck.
Bahrain Merida had the closest thing resembling a lead-out with 1km to, as two riders sat in front of Cobrelli. Arthur Vichot attempted a late break, but the peloton held him at 15m as Daniel Oss chased. With 350m to go, Colbrelli opened the sprint on the left, while Michael Albasini was straight on his wheel. Fernando Gaviria set off in pursuit too, racing down the far right side of the road, with Sagan again in tow.
An indecisive Sagan jumped between the wheels of Gaviria, Albasini and Colbrelli, unsure who to follow. While Albasini faded, Sagan tried to squeeze between the drag-racing pair of Gaviria and Colbrelli, the three crossing the line shoulder-to-shoulder, and Sagan nearly falling. But Colbrelli had half a wheel over the others, taking a huge unexpected win, thanks to an absurdly strong sprint.
6th – Michael Matthews @ st (6th on GC @ 0:23, 9th on Points)
21st – Richie Porte @ st (3rd on GC @ 0:03, 7th on Points)
23rd – Jack Haig @ st (12th on GC @ 0:32)
57th – Nathan Haas @ 0:27 (41st on GC @ 1:12, 7th on Points)
103rd – Simon Gerrans @ 3:10 (69th on GC @ 3:38)
105th – Michael Hepburn @ st (136th on GC @ 15:41)
126th – Adam Hansen@ 5:51 (119th on GC @ 11:39)
133rd – William Clarke @ st (145th on GC @ 20:56)
141st – Cameron Meyer @ 7:16 (133rd on GC @ 15:15)
144th – Calvin Watson @ 8:02 ( 147th on GC @ 22:29, 1st on Points, 4th on KOM)
Stage 4 is 189km long, with the only climb of note being the Category 2 Saanenmöser. The Saanenmöser tops out with 10km to go, before a 7km descent and flat finish. 8 kilometres at 4%, its fairly constant, so shouldn’t overly test the GC contenders.
Tim Wellens is coming off a stage win at the Giro where he was fantastic; there’s a number of ways he could win this stage too. A late break over the top of the climb might suit him, but it’s also likely we’ll see reduced sprint, he’d be a good bet to get the chocolates in either situation.
See you back at the social club,