Nico Denz raced to his first WorldTour win on stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse, out sprinting the remainder of the day’s breakaway atop the day’s mountain top finish.
Denz made it into the day’s early break of 12 riders early in the stage, a strong group which quickly built an advantage over over six minutes on the peloton behind. Their advantage held firm over the first of the day’s two mountain climbs and by the foot of the final climb they still have over five minutes with 17 kilometres to race.
As the road ramped up Denz was the first to push on and move clear, eventually forming a lead duo at the front of the race. Despite the efforts of Masnada on the steep slopes of the final climb, Denz held strong and was still in contention when the two of them were joined by two more, eventually becoming five inside the last 1000 metres.
Denz opened up his sprint early on the uphill drag to the line, timing his final move and bike throw to perfection to take the stage win after a photo finish review – Team DSM’s second stage win of the race.
Behind, in the GC group Andreas Leknessund rode a strong final climb to place 17th on the stage, moving back up to sixth on GC going into the final two days of racing.
|1||DENZ Nico||Team DSM||5:11:14||60|
|2||CHAMPOUSSIN Clément||AG2R Citroën Team||,,||25|
|17||LEKNESSUND Andreas||Team DSM||2:22||-|
|47||ARNDT Nikias||Team DSM||13:53||-|
|1||FUGLSANG Jakob||Israel - Premier Tech||27:30:30|
|2||THOMAS Geraint||INEOS Grenadiers||0:01|
|3||HIGUITA Sergio||BORA - hansgrohe||0:10|
|6||LEKNESSUND Andreas||Team DSM||0:46|
|27||ARNDT Nikias||Team DSM||18:19|
|47||DENZ Nico||Team DSM||42:25|
|1||MATTHEWS Michael||Team BikeExchange - Jayco||22|
|2||LEKNESSUND Andreas||Team DSM||20|
|3||SIMMONS Quinn||Trek - Segafredo||18|
|5||DENZ Nico||Team DSM||12|
|1||HIGUITA Sergio||BORA - hansgrohe||27:30:40|
|2||LEKNESSUND Andreas||Team DSM||0:36|
|3||KRON Andreas||Lotto Soudal||0:50|
|1||SIMMONS Quinn||Trek - Segafredo||60|
|2||DENZ Nico||Team DSM||20|
|3||MASNADA Fausto||Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team||19|
|6||LEKNESSUND Andreas||Team DSM||10|
|1||BORA - hansgrohe||82:32:46|
|2||Groupama - FDJ||2:13|
|3||AG2R Citroën Team||13:18|
|5||Israel - Premier Tech||21:07|
|6||Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team||30:41|