Peter Sagan conquers fifth stage, Damiano Caruso keeps GC lead
Jun 14 2017 05:04 pm CET

Peter Sagan conquers fifth stage, Damiano Caruso keeps GC lead

Peter Sagan has won the fifth stage of the Tour de Suisse. The rider of Bora-hansgrohe and world champion was faster and stronger than his rivals at the bunch sprint to the finish line.

The fifth stage of the Swiss race was 222 kilometers long between Bex and Cevio, with a hilly profile in which the climb to the Simplonpass of the Hors Category stood out.

The day started with a breakaway composed by Lars Nordhaug (Aqua Blue Sport), Ben King (Dimension Data), Jesper Asselman (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij), Aman Kamyshev (Aastana), Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal) and Sam Bewley (Orica-Scott). This group got an advantage of more than five minutes over the peloton.

In the pack, the defending champion of the Tour de Suisse Miguel Angel Lopez, suffered a heavy crash and had to be taken directly to the hospital.

With 25 kilometers to go, the predicted heavy rain started falling on the riders, which also gave a break to the front group whose gap was being reduced rapidly. Passing the 17 kilometer mark, King and Asselman were the only ones surviving the escape and were followed by a peloton pulled by Bora-hansgrohe, Trek-Segafredo and UAE-Team Emirates.

In the last five kilometers of the stage, the breakaway was caught. During the last kilometers, sprint trains were at full speed taking their respective riders safe and fast to the front.

In the last meters, Nikias Arndt (Sunweb) launched a surprise attack to help his teammate Michael Matthews, but Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) stayed at his wheel and at the last moment attacked, displaying great speed and the strength of his legs.

Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott), Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors), Patrick Bevin (Cannondale-Drapac) and Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) completed the top five of the stage.

Damiano Caruso (BMC) stays at the head of the General Classification and is followed by Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) at 16 seconds, and Domenico Pozzovivo at 25.
Photo of Peter Sagan (cropped) © BORA-hansgrohe / VeloImages





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