Tour de Suisse: Simon Spilak takes stage victory and yellow jersey
Jun 16 2017 11:25 pm CET

Tour de Suisse: Simon Spilak takes stage victory and yellow jersey

Simon Spilak has taken the victory at the 7th stage of the Tour de Suisse. The rider of Katusha-Alpecin, who had already won the race in 2015, finished the climb solo ahead of Ion Izagirre and Joe Dombrowski.

The seventh stage of the Tour de Suisse was 160.8 kilometers long with a profile that finished on a climb of the outside category.

The day started with an 18-rider breakaway that included riders like Jhonatan Restrepo (Katusha Alpecin), David de la Cruz (Quick-Step Floors), Michael Matthews (Sunweb), Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe), and Jonathan Dibben (Sky). They got an advantage of more than three minutes over the peloton.

At the only climb of the day, the riders of the front group starting dropping one by one, leaving Wellens as the remaining survivor. Within the last kilometers, the favorites took the lead and started showing their strength as the meters passed.

Riders like Matthias Frank and leader Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R-La Mondiale) were dropped and in front of the group Rein Taaramae (Katusha-Alpecin) set the pace to take his leader Simon Spilak away from his direct contenders. The duo took Joe Dombrowski with them.

With more than 8 kilometers to go, Spilak was left alone in front, being closely followed by Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo), Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) and Dombrowski.

The time he had won on the ascent was enough for Spilak to arrive alone at the downhill finish line, being followed by Izagirre, Dombrowski, Damiano Caruso (BMC) and Kruijswijk. Pozzovivo arrived to the finish at 2'40'' from the Slovenian.

Spilak also takes the yellow jersey of the Swiss race.
Photo of Simon Spilak (cropped) by Katusha-Alpecin





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