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Tour de Suisse 2011

Date range:
June 11-19, 2011

June 14, Stage 4: Grindelwald - Huttwil 198.4km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome to CN's live coverage from the Tour de Suisse. Today it's stage 4 from Grindelwald to Huttwil.

  1. 13:34:02 BST

    • Climb

    Today's stage is 198.4km with one second cat climb within the first 60km and then two third cat climbs within the final 40km.

  2. 82km remaining from 198.4km

    13:40:53 BST

    Right now we have a group of three riders, who have a lead approaching five minutes. We've raced just over 80km.

  3. 13:44:28 BST

    • Team Netapp's 2011 Jersey

    Mondory from AG2R, Chavanel from Quick Step and Benedetti from NetApp are the three leaders. They lead over the second cat climb and their exact lead is 4:47

  4. 113.4km remaining from 198.4km

    13:45:17 BST

    Apologies from that distance marker before. We've raced 85km

  5. 13:48:48 BST

    Yesterday we saw some great racing. Cunego took the leader's jersey while Sagan won the stage. Cunego's performance deserves the most praise though. His timing and delivery were almost perfect. The critical aspect was that he couldn't put enough time into Sagan on the climb and was caught on the descent, but that's probably being a little bit harsh on the Little Prince.Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) wins stage three of the Tour de Suisse ahead of Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD).

  6. 13:49:48 BST

    Here's where we stand on GC:

    1 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD 7:43:16
    2 Juan Mauricio Soler (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:54
    3 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:01:16
    4 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:01:19
    5 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad 0:01:21
    6 Frank Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek 0:01:25
    7 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek 0:01:32
    8 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team 0:01:53
    9 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:02:00
    10 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack 0:02:10

  7. 13:54:18 BST

    The gap has come down a little bit, it's at 4;11 now. Today's profile is perhaps suited to a break, there's not much in the way of flat out there at the moment and the final two climbs should see some splits. The final is uphill too.

    Ping me your predictions


  8. 13:58:48 BST

    Well Hushovd needs a win. He's not win since last year and his team and himself for that matter would have expected much better. Illness and speculation over his future hasn't helped but that will all be forgotten if he can deliver a win today.Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) didn't seem to mind the chilly start

  9. 14:07:15 BST

    NetApp are certainly showing themselves in the race. Yesterday Impey made the initial break and today Benedetti is in the mix. The 23-year-old was with Liquigas for the final few months of the 2009 season but turned pro with NetApp at the start of 2010. In Chavanel and Mondory he's got some very experienced companions. He just needs to sit and do his share of the work - for now at least.

  10. 98.4km remaining from 198.4km

    14:12:44 BST

    Just over 100km of racing covered and the gap has stabilized at 4:00.

  11. 14:17:00 BST

    The three-man break has now reached an uncategorised climb, there are two in quick succession in fact.

  12. 14:24:30 BST

    • Feed

    The three leaders have just gone through the feed zone.

  13. 14:28:20 BST

    Our man in the press room, well actually the PR from Team Type 1 has given us the following nugget of information about today's finish.

    "slightly up, 3% for the last K, curving to the right. it's a cowfield, looks like that green grass hilly screen saver in windows 95"

  14. 14:30:29 BST

    The first of those two rises has seen the gap to the break drop slightly. It's now at 3:35

  15. 14:32:49 BST

    In other news Stephen Farrand talked to Robert Millar about Wiggins, the Tour de France, Contador and the UCI. You can read the story here.

  16. 78.4km remaining from 198.4km

    14:39:33 BST

    The three leaders have passed both of the two uncategorised climbs, their lead at a steady 3:30. We've raced 120km so far.

  17. 68.4km remaining from 198.4km

    14:54:26 BST

    The three leaders are working together. Their lead really hasn't been large enough to cause the bunch much in the way of stress though.

  18. 14:54:57 BST

    It's now down to 2:37.

  19. 15:03:33 BST

    If the stage does come down to the sprint today then we've got a host of top level sprinters to pick from. Cav, Goss are here from High Road; Hunter and McEwen from Shack, Greipel from Lotto, Van Avermaet (BMC), Swift, Breschel perhaps, Sagan of course, Boonen, Ciolek, Bozic and Koldo Fernandez.

  20. 15:05:49 BST

    61km to go. The bunch have the break at just over 2:30 and are quite content to let them stay out there for now. Garmin, Lampre, Lotto and Movistar are all near the front of the peloton.

  21. 15:07:11 BST

    Cunego is sitting near the front for now with a clutch of Lampre riders surrounding him and keeping him out of trouble. They've had a fairly comfortable day so far.

  22. 15:10:03 BST

    HTC has thrown a couple of rider to the front as Andre Greipel scoffs down some food. The German will be one of the favourites for today.

  23. 15:11:59 BST

    Oscar Freire he's also here. He could also be a factor. Remember that sprint finish in Barcelona back in 2009. It was him and Hushovd who contested that uphill sprint at the Tour de France. This could be their chance to get one over the likes of Cav and Greipel. It's going to be a really tough finish though.

  24. 15:16:08 BST

    Reynes has come back to the team car and picks up a number of bottles for his teammates.

  25. 15:21:33 BST

    Grabsch is on the front right now. Former world TT champ will do a lot of work between now and the finish for HTC. It will be interesting to see how the team split duties today. No Renshaw so we could see Goss lead out Cav, or Eisel. Or Goss could be the team's number one for the day.

  26. 15:23:52 BST

    The lead to the trio upfront has come down further. It's just over two minutes.

  27. 44km remaining from 198.4km

    15:27:37 BST

    Less than 45 to go and the gap down to 1:55.

  28. 15:29:28 BST

    Lotto have committed just one rider to the chase but the rest of the team are very close to the front. Greipel will have asked them to keep him up there. It's a long way from the finish but the German doesn't want to have any complications or mix ups in the finale. He's also sending a message to the other sprinters that he means business today.

  29. 15:33:54 BST

    Mondory takes the sprint and thanks Benedetti for allowing him the points. Mondroy is leading that competition.

  30. 15:35:01 BST

    Sky moving up now. They have Henderson and Swift. I think the uphill kick could suit Swift more.

  31. 37km remaining from 198.4km

    15:38:00 BST

    37km to go and the gap is down to 1:14.

  32. 15:38:30 BST

    It's a loop this final section of the stage and the riders will pass the finish line for the first time in around 12/13 km

  33. 15:39:47 BST

    Chavanel leads proceedings over a climb. His participation in the breaks means Quick Step dont have to lift a finger at the moment.

  34. 15:40:37 BST

    Ten Dam moves to the front of the bunch and picks up a few extra KOM points - he's leading that competition at the moment.

  35. 15:45:40 BST

    Liquigas have started to move up to the front. They'll be working for Sagan. The only question is how well he's recovered since yesterday. He was on the attack in the mountains and put in a huge effort. The stage finish does suit him, perhaps he'd like it to be a little bit harder but he'll be up there.

  36. 15:48:48 BST

    And Greipel is suffering on the climb. Cavendish too.

  37. 15:49:08 BST

    Sagan will want to get rid of those two riders before the finish if he can.

  38. 15:51:23 BST

    Into the final 30km and Sky are piling on the pressure at the front. Hondo is taking care of Cunego - he's a great rider to have in a situation like this. The likes of Cav and Greipel have made it over the climb with the bunch but they've not got to get all the way to the front again.

  39. 15:54:52 BST

    Boonen has moved up. That's the first time we've seen him all race. In fact that's the first time I've seen him since the Classics.

  40. 15:55:15 BST

    The three leaders are closing in on the finishline. It's not an easy sprint at all.

  41. 15:57:00 BST

    There's an attack from Katusha but Sky are going to pounce on this straight away. The British team are doing the majority of the work.

  42. 15:58:00 BST

    Mondory takes the final intermediate sprint.

  43. 20km remaining from 198.4km

    16:01:06 BST

    20km to go and the gap is just 25 seconds.

  44. 16:03:55 BST

    A lot of teams are happy to let Sky do the work. Shack are moving up now for McEwen.

    Meanwhile the leaders have split but they're about to be swallowed up.

  45. 16:04:37 BST

    It's not super fast yet though, the bunch isn't lined out yet. That will come though and there will be attacks on the last climb.

  46. 16:05:41 BST

    HTC and Movistar also starting to form at the front of the bunch.

  47. 16:06:52 BST

    Lots of fighting for position before the final climb. BMC up there now too. Leopard haven't been active yet but they might try something on the climb.

  48. 16:07:51 BST

    Lotto have now moved to the front of affairs. It's a big ask on Greipel to stay in contention.

  49. 16:09:14 BST

    Freire near the front, Rabobank there to help him with Velits, one of them at least, on the front of the bunch. Greipel still near the front of the bunch so he's riding well. 13km to go.

  50. 16:09:39 BST

    Hushovd is also near the action.

  51. 16:10:57 BST

    Both of the Velits brothers are on the front for HTC. No sign of Cavendish or Goss just yet though. They'll both be in there though.

  52. 16:11:48 BST

    Attack from Vacan and Lotto.

  53. 16:13:15 BST

    A perfect time to make a move, just at the crest of the climb. The Lotto rider wont help one bit though, not with Greipel in contention.

    Daniel Oss has jumped up to the duo as well

  54. 9km remaining from 198.4km

    16:15:29 BST

    9.4km to go and the three chasers hardly have a gap now. Oss is pressing on but it wont last much longer. Oss is making others chase and that will help Sagan.

  55. 16:16:39 BST

    All back together and Hesjdal and three riders try and break away. They'll get 20 yards but they're caught almost straight away.

  56. 16:17:14 BST

    And Cav has sat up.

  57. 16:17:41 BST

    The Manxman will save his powder for another day.

  58. 16:18:45 BST

    Liquigas are now on the front, all working for Oss. It's all strung out on this section, a long slow drag. Hushovd is up there. Freire too.

  59. 16:19:30 BST

    Garmin now have a man on the front, it's Vande Velde, and he's setting the pace for his team. Haussler or Hushovd for today?

  60. 16:20:55 BST

    Cunego is very close to the front as well, in fourth place. He wont want to make any mistakes and lose silly time.Cunego is on Di Luca's wheel. Both of the Italians could try something at the finish. Ventoso, Boonen, and Rojas are all up there too.

  61. 4km remaining from 198.4km

    16:22:45 BST

    4km to go and there are so many big hitters in the mix. Voigt is giving it a go for Leopard Trek.

  62. 16:23:20 BST

    The German has a gap, perhaps 70 or 80 meters.

  63. 16:23:49 BST

    Less than 3km for the German but Liquigas and Rabo are chasing.

  64. 16:23:59 BST

    All over, he's been brought back.

  65. 16:24:15 BST

    2km to go.

  66. 16:24:55 BST

    Hushovd in 5th wheel.

  67. 16:25:24 BST

    I think he's working for someone. He''s too near up the front I think.

  68. 16:25:43 BST

    No, he's going for the win.

  69. 16:25:54 BST

    O'Grady has now made a move.

  70. 16:26:10 BST

    He's caught straight away.

  71. 16:26:31 BST

    Ballan goes and Sagan goes too.

  72. 16:26:49 BST

    Hushovd goes with him.

  73. 16:27:29 BST

    And Hushovd is on Sagan's wheel, with 50 to go, he's trying everything to get around him. He's going for it.

  74. 16:27:50 BST

    And Hushovd takes it! His first win of the season.

  75. 16:29:23 BST

    Ballan kicked things off on the left, Sagan went on the right and Hushovd was straight on his wheel. Boonen tried to go with them but couldn't match the pace.

    Hushovd timed his move to perfection though.

  76. 16:31:32 BST

    Marcato picked up 3rd, Rojas, Freire, while Boonen was 9th.

  77. 16:31:47 BST

    No change in the overall.

  78. 16:37:53 BST

    Results#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult 1Thor Hushovd (Nor) Team Garmin-Cervelo4:46:05  2Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale   3Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:00:02  4Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team   5Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team   6Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team Astana   7Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team   9Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quickstep Cycling Team   10Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Netapp   General classification after stage 4#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult 1Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD12:29:23  2Juan Mauricio Soler (Col) Movistar Team0:00:54  3Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:16  4Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:19  5Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad0:01:21  6Frank Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek0:01:25  7Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek0:01:32  8Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team0:01:53  9Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:00  10Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack0:02:10 
  79. 16:38:48 BST

    Thanks for joining us today. I hope you've enjoyed the coverage .Stay tuned tomorrow for more from the Tour de Suisse.