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Press Releases | 17.06.2022

Sergio Higuita third overall and best young rider after Tour de Suisse Stage 6

Today, for the first time, the race traversed through the high mountains, where the fight for the overall victory was on. The course between Locarno and Moosalp first went over the brutal Nufenenpass and then finally up to Moosalp. Due to illness, Aleksandr Vlasov, the leader in the general classification, and Anton Palzer, were unfortunately not at the start and BORA - hansgrohe took on today's stage with only four riders.  A breakaway was able to go clear quite early and had a lead of about five minutes on the long final climb. A few kilometres before the finish Maximilian Schachmann attacked, but his move was neutralised again. In the end, N. Denz won in the sprint from the breakaway group, while Sergio Higuita finished ninth and thus moved up to third overall, taking with that the best young rider jersey. Teammate Felix Großschartner finished eleventh today and climbed to fifth in the general classification.

 

Result

01 N. Denz                                       5:11:14

02 C Champoussin                             +0:00

03 J. Herrada                                      +0:00

09 S Higuita                                       +2:14

11. F. Großschartner                          +2:14

 

From the Finish Line

"It was a good day for the team, especially after what happened to us today. There were so many emotions and also disappointment after Aleks and Toni had to leave the race, but with today's outcome that changed somewhat. We were focused on the race and in the end it came down to the last climb. We tried to drop the other GC favourites, and Felix and I rode strongly, but Ineos Grenadiers controlled the race very well. Nevertheless, we both had good legs and reached the finish in good time and we are very happy with that. We definitely want to fight for everything here at the Tour de Suisse." - Sergio Higuita

"We were all shocked this morning by the news that two of our riders had Covid. It's a shame of course, especially for Aleks with the leader's jersey, because it was his biggest success so far in his career. It was then not easy to turn the page and concentrate on the race, but I think we managed that well with only four riders left. Our main goal was to go into the last climb well and that's where Marco Haller, our only helper remaining, did a great job, and the other three also took turns trying to go on the offensive. We're now sitting third and fifth overall and leading the team and young rider classifications, but we still have two tough days ahead of us." - Jens Zemke, Sport Director   

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