Peter Sagan secures a third day in yellow after taking sprint second on Tour de Suisse stage 5
It was another sawtooth parcours for the riders today, and while there were only two categorised climbs over the course of the stage, the day’s terrain couldn’t be called anything but ‘undulating’. Heading east towards the centre of Switzerland, the riders would see yet more beautiful vistas over the 177km route – the longest of the race so far – but the views brought with them difficult climbs and relentless ascending and descending that would make contesting the predicted sprint finale difficult. The day’s break made their move early on, forging ahead almost as soon as the peloton left the neutralised zone, a group of three building up a lead of almost three minutes. The peloton was happy to allow this trio to go on ahead, but after passing the halfway point, BORA-hansgrohe took to the front to knock some time off their lead, bringing it down to a little more than a minute, before one of the three went on the attack, going it alone with 38km remaining. Unable to keep up, the remaining two were caught by the peloton as they upped the pace to bring it all back together, and while this solo rider’s lead did go out a little at first, there was no chance of a peloton led by BORA-hansgrohe not making the catch. With a little under 15km left to race, the break was swallowed by the bunch and it was full speed ahead for the predicted bunch sprint. Staying safe in the streets of Einsiedeln, the yellow jersey of Peter Sagan was up at the front as the final metres came into view. Reading the course well, Peter was one of only two riders to kick at the right time to contest the win, but he was just unable to take the top prize on the uphill slope to the finish line, losing some power on the tight left-hand turn 100m from the line and coming in second. His second-place finish kept the race’s yellow jersey on his back while he also continued to lead the points contest going into stage 6.
01 E. Viviani 4:18:26
02 P. Sagan +0:00
03 J. Stuyven +0:00
From the Finish Line
"Today was the last stage of this year's Tour de Suisse with a finish for the sprinters and we would have liked to win it. Once again, I'd like to thank all my teammates for the dedication and effort they put to control the race, protect me and place me for the sprint. I was right behind Viviani in the last left corner but he managed to stay ahead of me until the finish line. I think I can be satisfied with what I achieved so far in this Tour de Suisse and with the performance of our team." – Peter Sagan
"Today's stage had a tremendous pace right from the start. The whole squad did a great job in closing all the early attacks and after the break was formed they went all out to control. Marcus Burghardt was a true locomotive in the first part of the race, his work was remarkable. We neutralised the break, put Peter in a good position for the sprint but Viviani took the win. I think we can be satisfied overall so far, Peter has again the yellow and black jerseys while our climber Patrick Konrad is well placed in the GC ahead of the mountain stages." – Jan Valach, Sports Director