Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won stage 7 of the Tour de Suisse after a strong solo effort on the final climb. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) was 2nd on the stage with race leader Richie Porte (BMC Racing) placing 3rd.
It was a big day at the Tour de Suisse with today’s 170km stage finishing up the 30km climb to Arosa. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka started the day on the front foot, looking for the early break and Igor Anton managed to jump into the move for our African team.
Anton was joined by 28 other riders though, so the peloton did not risk giving the big break too much of a gap and held the gap under 3-minutes. The big stage showdown would occur on the final climb, with Quintana attacking from the base, when Anton’s group had just under 2’00” lead. Qunitana was intially chased down by the other favourites but they couldn’t match his 2nd surge.
The Colombian started to catch the early breakaway riders on the slope, as he opened the gap to around 30″ over the yellow jersey group. Quintana caught the leading group of Anton with still 16km to go, and then continued to set the pace with what was 10 riders in tow at that point.
Anton rode well, hanging onto the Colmbian express until 4km to go. Our Basque climber then tagged onto Porte and Fuglsang as they tried to bridge to Quintana who went solo with 2km to go. There was no catching Quintana though, as he took an impressive stage win. In the end, Anton hung on for 7th place on the stage. A solid ride after spending all day out front.
Igor Anton – Rider
During the Giro and after not being able to finish that race, I was feeling like I was in a bit of a hole. I was not healthy and I even started here in Switzerland still not feeling well. But, I have tried to do my best and for sure I know I could come back to a good condition again. I made a hard effort to get into the break today and I put all of my energy into it, in order to arrive at the top. I finished 2nd out of the group of breakaway riders and only a small gap from Quintana and the leader Porte, I am really happy about this performance and result today.