Race report

Breakaway takes the spoils after hard and fast day in the saddle at Tour de Suisse

Tour de Suisse

Photo Credit: Cor Vos

On paper, today was the easiest stage of the whole Tour de Suisse, with a rolling parcours and only one categorised climb to contend with. Yet, an infernal pace was set at the front of the bunch from the flag drop, with attack after attack going clear and being brought back, with the team riding well to rotate in the moves. At one point a group of six riders held onto a one minute and 30 second advantage but the peloton increased the tempo and the attacking started yet again.

Eventually a four rider group got clear after roughly 100 kilometres of action and with the peloton not cooperating in the chase, they would go on to fight for the stage win. All Team DSM riders finished safely in the bunch, ahead of tomorrow’s tough day in the mountains.

“Today was the easiest stage on paper but compared to other days so far, it definitely wasn’t,” explained Thymen Arensman at the finish. “It took around 90 or 100 kilometres for the breakaway to finally form. We were all jumping in the moves really well. In the beginning I did a bit too much but the rest of the guys took over, so that was really good teamwork. In the end the break got to the finish, so our focus was on Tiesj and to protect him. We wanted to put him in a good position for the climb and the descent, which we did well, and he didn’t lose time so it was a successful day for us.”

Team DSM coach Marc Reef added: “It was a bit of a special day. We had a long fight for the breakaway. At a certain moment six guys got clear but the bunch chased them down and it started all over again. Three guys went out front, and Mark was chasing in another group of three but didn’t make it. One more guy managed to jump across and that was the break of four, with the bunch really letting them go. We were all in the peloton protecting Tiesj and staying in position. We knew that it was wet in the finale and that we still needed to be careful, which we managed in a good way. We finished in the bunch so there was no day result for us but all the guys came in safe. We’re looking forward to the first mountain day tomorrow.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 BISSEGGER Stefan EF Education - Nippo 3:46:21 60
2 THOMAS Benjamin Groupama - FDJ ,, 25
3 ROSSKOPF Joey Rally Cycling ,, 10
27 BENOOT Tiesj Team DSM 5:16 -
30 KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren Team DSM ,, -
51 LEKNESSUND Andreas Team DSM ,, -
71 ARENSMAN Thymen Team DSM ,, -
85 SÜTTERLIN Jasha Team DSM 5:32 -
87 COMBAUD Romain Team DSM ,, -
97 DONOVAN Mark Team DSM 6:02 -