The penultimate day of racing at the Tour of the Alps saw the bunch take on the longest stage of the week and arguably the toughest with almost 4000 metres of climbing across the 168 kilometre long route. Like in previous stages, it was a fierce start to the day with numerous attacks where the team were present but it took until the 40 kilometre mark and the climb for a nine rider group to go clear which featured Nicholas Roche.
Roche and his breakaway companions worked well together and extended their advantage to almost three minutes but with several riders close on GC, their gap wasn’t allowed to go out any further and the peloton started to work on bringing them back. Despite their best efforts, Roche’s group were caught as the bunch charged onto the final climb of the day.
The rest of the team did a good job to bring Romain Bardet and Jai Hindley into a position towards the front of the peloton as the pace ramped up. As the climb ticked by, the pace remained on and it became a race of attrition as riders were dropped from the group. At around 4 kilometres from the summit the attacks began, with Hindley and Bardet responding well, with Hindley riding well to make it into a group of eight riders at the front while Bardet rode at a steady and measured effort just behind.
Going over the top of the climb just nine kilometres of the day remained, with a descent all the way to the finish. Unfortunately, Hindley crashed on the downhill but managed to remount and finish the stage. Bardet led the team home at the finish, crossing the line in a solid eighth place on the stage.
After his crash in the finale of today’s stage, Jai suffered abrasions and required stitches after the finish. The team will monitor the situation overnight.
|1||BILBAO Pello||Bahrain - Victorious||4:39:42||20|
|2||VLASOV Aleksandr||Astana - Premier Tech||,,||10|
|3||YATES Simon||Team BikeExchange||,,||5|
|8||BARDET Romain||Team DSM||1:16||-|
|18||HINDLEY Jai||Team DSM||2:19||-|
|42||COMBAUD Romain||Team DSM||5:15||-|
|67||STORER Michael||Team DSM||9:31||-|
|83||ROCHE Nicolas||Team DSM||14:32||-|
|108||HEINSCHKE Leon||Team DSM||24:20||-|
|124||VANDENABEELE Henri||Team DSM||30:34||-|
|1||YATES Simon||Team BikeExchange||15:31:48|
|2||BILBAO Pello||Bahrain - Victorious||0:58|
|3||VLASOV Aleksandr||Astana - Premier Tech||1:06|
|9||BARDET Romain||Team DSM||3:12|
|11||HINDLEY Jai||Team DSM||3:50|
|54||ROCHE Nicolas||Team DSM||17:57|
|84||STORER Michael||Team DSM||33:33|
|89||COMBAUD Romain||Team DSM||36:18|
|108||VANDENABEELE Henri||Team DSM||56:20|
|118||HEINSCHKE Leon||Team DSM||1:06:53|
|1||CEPEDA Jefferson Alexander||Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec||15:34:06|
|2||OSORIO Alejandro||Caja Rural - Seguros RGA||2:07|
|3||LIPOWITZ Florian||Tirol KTM Cycling Team||3:38|
|21||VANDENABEELE Henri||Team DSM||54:02|
|24||HEINSCHKE Leon||Team DSM||1:04:35|
|2||DE MARCHI Alessandro||Israel Start-Up Nation||15|
|3||YATES Simon||Team BikeExchange||14|
|18||STORER Michael||Team DSM||1|
|3||EF Education - Nippo||2:32|
|4||Trek - Segafredo||4:21|
|5||Astana - Premier Tech||5:06|
|6||AG2R Citroën Team||6:58|
|8||BORA - hansgrohe||10:06|
|9||Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec||12:20|
|10||Israel Start-Up Nation||13:47|