Tour de Suisse #6: A day for the breakaway

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Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) won the 6th stage of the Tour de Suisse, being the strongest from the early breakaway. Nathan Haas (Katusha) finished in 2nd place and Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) placed 3rd.

It was a big day at the Tour de Suisse today as the peloton had to contend with 2 out of category climbs during the 186km stage, before finishing up a 3km kicker in Gommiswald. A big early break of 17 riders went clear just before the start of the first out of category climb, Furkapass. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Nic Dougall in the escape group.

The break made it over the Furkapass and across the valley to the next big obstacle, Klausenpass, starting the 23km climb with a lead just over 4’00”. Dougall was detached from the break as 8 riders went clear at the head of the race over the Klausenpass. The peloton also lost a fair few riders on the tough climb but our African Team had Tom-Jelte Slagter, Igor Anton and Merhawi Kudus crest the climb with the reduced main pack.

The break held their advantage well on the descent and limited their loss along the flat, to start the short and sharp finishing climb with still a 2’00” lead. BMC drove the pace into the final climb from the main group before their race leader, Richie Porte launched an attack. Andersen proved to be the strongest in the break and took the win solo, with Porte gaining time on all his rivals. Our African trio finished together, just a few seconds down on the GC favourites.

Unfortunately our young neo-pro, Scott Davies was not able to finish today’s stage after he became feverish and was too ill to continue.