Arnaud Demare beats Gaviria and Sagan at Tour de Suisse
Jun 16 2018 05:16 pm CET

Arnaud Demare beats Gaviria and Sagan at Tour de Suisse
Arnaud Demare beats Gaviria and Sagan at Tour de Suisse
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Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) has won the day's bunch sprint at the Tour de Suisse. The Frenchman beat Fernando Gaviria and Peter Sagan.

The last stage before the closing individual time trial took place over 123.8 kilometres on a circuit in Bellinzona with a rolling profile. Four riders attacked from the peloton in the first kilometres of the day and managed to create a gap of more than two minutes with the pack.

Willie Smit (Katusha-Alpecin), Nathan Brown (EF Education First), Edward Dunbar (Aqua Blue Sport) and Paul Ourselin (Direct Energie) worked together to keep a good advantage on the pack. Smit and Dunbar resisted getting caught by the peloton while the other two surrendered with nine kilometres to go.

In the end, the peloton was stronger than the two escapees and they were reeled back in with five kilometres remaining. Groupama-FDJ controlled the pace of the pack at the last kilometres and this paid off because Arnaud Demare had a perfect position to face the final and crossed the line ahead of Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe).

Richie Porte (BMC) arrived safely with the pack and he keeps the leader's jersey ahead of the last stage.






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