Tour de Suisse #2: Reduced group sprint in Frauenfeld

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Peter Sagan (Bora-Hangrohe) won the 2nd stage of the Tour de Suisse, sprinting to the victory ahead of Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors) and Nathan Haas (Katusha).

The 2nd stage of the Tour de Suisse took place over a circuit course in Frauenfeld. There were a few undulations in the 39km lap, which needed to be completed 4 times. An early break of 3 riders was joined by Michael Albasini (Mitchelton-Scott) half way through the stage, but the peloton was intent on bringing them back, and did so with 20km still to go.

A flurry of attacks followed on the last few climbs which saw a number of riders getting dropped from the main group. Then, with around 10km to go, another group of 6 riders just edged ahead of the peloton. For a brief moment it looked like they may go clear but our young neo-pro, Scott Davies was on-hand to lead the chase from the peloton.

Davies strong pull and a lack of co-operation up front saw it all come back together for a bunch sprint. Gavaria launched early and Sagan was able to get onto the Colombian’s wheel before catapulting through for the stage win. Davies, Tom-Jelte Slagter and Merhawi Kudus all finished safely in the reduced group for our African Team.

Bingen Fernandez – Sport Director

Today’s stage was one which was controlled by the GC teams for the first 3 laps. The final lap saw a couple of teams try to distance the pure sprinters, they made the racing really hard on the final circuit with a lot of attacks. The group was reduced quite significantly for this type of a stage. We were still with 3 guys in the front which was a positive sign. The smaller peloton sprinted for the stage in the end.