Tour de Suisse: Second stage victory for Peter Sagan
Jun 17 2017 05:40 pm CET

Tour de Suisse: Second stage victory for Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan has taken the victory at the eighth stage of the Tour de Suisse. The World Champion was the strongest at the final bunch sprint, getting his second win in this year's race.

The eighth stage of the Swiss race was 100 kilometers long and had both start and finish in Schaffshausen. The riders completed eight laps on a 12.5 kilometers long city circuit that promised a fast and exciting finish.

Within the first 20 kilometers the escape of the day was formed. Jaco Venter (Dimension Data), Jelle Wallays (Lotto-Soudal), Nick van der Lijke (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij) and Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue Sport) got a gap of more than two minutes over the pack.

The goal for both Hansen and Van der Lijke was to collect as many mountain points as possible. Hansen, wearing the Mountains Jersey, was most effective at doing this and won all of the necessary sprints to secure his lead, assuming that he also finishes the final stage.

At 18 kilometers from the finish line, Gianluca Brambilla (Quick-Step Floors) attacked from the peloton and created a small gap, but was soon reeled back in. The increase of speed in the bunch caused the gap with the front group to get smaller quickly and at the end the escapees were caught with 13 kilometers to go.

In the last meters, Sagan launched his sprint first and showed some great legs, leaving his contenders behind in what seemed to be an easy effort. Sacha Modolo (UAE-Team Emirates), Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors), Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-Scott) and Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrein-Merida) complete the top five of the stage.

The General Classification standings remain the same with Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) in first place, followed by Damiano Caruso (BMC) and Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) ahead of the closing time trial.
Photo of Peter Sagan (cropped) © BORA-hansgrohe / VeloImages





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