Tour de Suisse: Domenico Pozzovivo takes stage and yellow jersey
Jun 15 2017 11:42 pm CET

Tour de Suisse: Domenico Pozzovivo takes stage and yellow jersey

Domenico Pozzovivo has taken the victory at the sixth stage of the Tour de Suisse. The rider took the lead on the last descent and crossed the finish line solo.

The sixth of nine stages was a mountain stage of 166.7 kilometers that took the riders from Locarno to La Punt Chamues. The route included two Hors Category climbs; one at 66.5 kilometers and the other shortly before the finish.

The breakaway of the day was formed in the first kilometers and got an advantage of more than two minutes over the peloton. Jan Bakelants (AG2R-La Mondiale), Tomasz Marczynski and Bart De Clercq (Lotto-Soudal), Simone Petilli (UAE-Team Emirates), Antonio Pedrero (Movistar), Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac), Ondrej Cink (Bahrein-Merida), Carlos Verona (Orica-Scott) and Philip Deignan (Sky) took the lead and maintained it well into the stage, being joined later by Matvei Mamykin (Katusha-Alpecin).

During the last ascent, Woods attacked from the front group and his legs allowed him to create a gap of more than 1 minute and a half. Behind him Jan Hirt (CCC) and Cink got together to try to catch him.

In the favorites group there were attacks by Damiano Caruso (BMC), Pello Bilbao (Astana), Mikel Nieve (Sky), Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo), Marc Soler and Antonio Pedrero (Movistar), among others and without success. The speed set by this group was fast enough to catch all the chasers, leaving only Woods in front.

Almost at the end of the climb, Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R-La Mondiale) attacked and got away from the favorites, putting at risk the yellow jersey of Caruso. At the end of the climb, the Italian caught the Canadian and both worked together to get away from the chasers.

On the descent, Pozzovivo went ahead of Woods and the chasers finally caught the Canadian on a very dangerous rainy stretch. The Italian crossed the finish line seconds ahead of Rui Costa (UAE-Team Emirates), Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), Mathias Frank (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin).

Pozzovivo also tops the General Classification standings, having the same time as Caruso but having done better than his compatriot in the prologue.
Photo of Domenico Pozzovivo by AG2R-La Mondiale