The Tour Take | Tour de Suisse Stage 4

 Photo: Twila Federica Muzzi

Photo: Twila Federica Muzzi

The Steps

1st – Christopher Juul Jensen

2nd – Michael Matthews @ 0:08

3rd – Yves Lampaert @ 0:08

 

The Parcours

The 9km Saanemmoeser climb was the focus of a wet Stage 4, totalling 189km. The Saanemoeser was a long steady climb, topping out with 10km to go, before a long descent on wide roads led down to the finish on an airfield.

The Jerseys

Overall – Stefan Kung

KOM – Filippo Zaccanti

Points – Peter Sagan

Young Riders – Sam Oomen

 

 

The Break

A six man break went away, and included Chris Juul Jensen, Silvan Dillier, Nans Peters, Nathan Brown, Mark Christian and Paul Ourselin. Orselin took an early KOM sprints, while Peters and Christian won an intermediate sprint each. They got a maximum lead of six and a half minutes, but began the final climb with only a minute and a half.

 

The Finish

Juul Jensen ad Peters rode away from their breakaway companions on the finish climb, and maintained a slim gap up the climb. Peters attacked Juul Jensen over the top and he had around 10 seconds over him by the top, and around 40 seconds over the chasing peloton. Juul Jensen carried on though, and bridged up to Peters on the descent, catching him with around 5km to go. The peloton wasn’t making up any ground on the two leaders though, as they were reluctant to take risks on the slippery descent, while no teams had taken control of the bunch. With 4km to go, Juul Jensen attacked, dropping Peters, and riding onto the airfield alone. An unorganised peloton never caught the Dane; he was supremely strong and held his advantage all the way to the line.

Michael Matthews won the sprint for second, frustratingly so after being caught out in the sprint for the last two days, when a win was on the line. Yves Lampaert finished third, sprinting in place of Gaviria who was dropped on the climb.

 

The Aussies

2nd – Michael Matthews @ 0:08 (6th on GC, 6th on Points)

20th – Jack Haig @ 0:08

22nd – Richie Porte @ 0:08 (3rd on GC

85th – Simon Gerrans @ 3:16

97th – Adam Hansen @ 5:22

107th – Nathan Haas @ 7:25

125th – Michael Hepburn @ 9:59

139th – Cameron Meyer @ 9:59

141st – Calvin Watson @ 9:59 (2nd on Points, 5th on KOM)

147th – William Clarke @ 19:35

 

Next

Stage 5 from Gstaad to Leukerbad, and we have our first summit finish of the race. It’s a challenging day with an early category 1 climb, and then a Hors Category climb and a Category 1 climb to finish. The climb to Leukerbad holds the finish, and while it’s long at 14.6 kilometres, it only averages 4.6%. A 5km section in the middle averages 6.6%, but it’s not too testing, so we shouldn’t see any big gaps.

The Pick

A break lasting to the finish, or a late attack on the final climb seems likely. The penultimate HC climb should thin the field out, but there’s still a fair number of riders with a chance to win. Look for your rouler type climbers, as the more powerful riders will like the fairly shallow finish. Tim Wellens could be a chance again, but my tip is Jakob Fuglsang. A GC contender who loves a stage win and an attack.

See you back at the social club,

Josh