Tour de Suisse 2013

June 8-16, 2013, Quinto, SUI, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome to stage 3 of the Tour de Suisse.

  1. 13:58:21 CEST

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage from stage 3 of this year's Tour de Suisse, a 203km race from Montreux to Meiringen.

  2. 14:03:55 CEST

    Today's profile should keep the GC contenders and climbers on their toes. The first 160-odd kilometres are relatively flat with the Grimselstrasse. Then there's the far tougher first category climb to deal with. It's just over 12km in length with a 6.3 per cent average gradient. Some slopes of the climb approach the 10 per cent mark though.


    There are just under 20km from the top of the climb to the finish.

  3. 14:08:23 CEST

    After two stages, here's where we stand on GC:

    1 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 2:53:06
    2 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:03
    3 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:05
    4 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:00:12
    5 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:16
    6 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:28
    7 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:34
    8 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
    9 Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:00:35
    10 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:36

  4. 14:09:07 CEST

    And there are also a number of strong riders sitting just outside the top ten in GC:


    11 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 0:00:40
    12 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 0:00:42
    13 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
    14 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:43
    15 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:44
    16 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:00:45
    17 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:47
    18 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:00:48
    19 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:00:53
    20 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Sky Procycling 0:00:56
    21 Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling
    22 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:58

  5. 14:10:24 CEST

    In the race Damiano Caruso is leading a small break from the peloton.

  6. 14:15:36 CEST

    The Caruso group has just over a minute on the field with 180km of racing remaining.

  7. 14:22:41 CEST

    It looked as though Jesus Herrada (Movistar), and Stefan Denifl (IAM Cycling) were away with Caruso.

  8. 14:24:00 CEST

    Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto Belisol was a DNS today. He was riding last in GC after yesterday's stage.

  9. 170km remaining from 203.3km

    14:27:37 CEST

    • Cannondale

    The Caruso group has been brought back but the peloton has split in two. The race leader is safely in the first group though, with the gap at 55 seconds.

  10. 165km remaining from 203.3km

    14:36:14 CEST

    The second peloton is struggling to close the gap at the moment with the time check still at 56 seconds.

  11. 14:37:22 CEST

    • Saxo Bank Tinkoff

    Away from the race and Alberto Contador has been telling the media that he's as good as Froome. The Sky rider had the upper hand at the Dauphine but the Tour de France is still a few weeks away. You can read what Contador had to say, right here.

  12. 14:38:17 CEST

    • Team BMC

    While BMC's 14-man long list has made it out to the public. You can have a look here.

  13. 14:39:41 CEST

    • Garmin-Sharp

    As for Garmin, they have a long-list, short-list, whatever you want to call it but they won't be making any decisions until three days before the Tour de France starts.

  14. 14:42:56 CEST

    • Euskaltel

    We also have the lowdown on Samuel Sanchez's Orbea road bike, which he used on his way to a stage win at the Dauphine.

  15. 153.3km remaining from 203.3km

    14:44:06 CEST

    50km covered so far with the first categorised climb (third cat) coming up in 9km.

  16. 14:51:01 CEST

    The race averaged 48kph for the first hour but the race is starting to come back together with the gap between the two bunches at 20 seconds.

  17. 15:00:44 CEST

    The race passes through Fribourg with the gap now holding at 30 seconds.

  18. 15:05:39 CEST

    The race has crested the top of the third category climb with Gilbert picking up maximum points:

    1 Gilbert (BMC) 5 points
    2 Breschel (TST) 3
    3 Cancellara (RLT) 2
    4 Kelderman (BLA) 1

  19. 15:09:34 CEST

    Here's how we stand in the KOM competition:


    Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 12 pts
    2 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 8
    3 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 6

  20. 15:18:50 CEST

    A combination of the terrain, the pace and some aggressive riding has seen a group of 17 break free from the peloton. Boonen, Gilbert, Kelderman, Albasini and Elmiger are among those in the lead.

  21. 125km remaining from 203.3km

    15:19:09 CEST

    125km left to race.

  22. 120km remaining from 203.3km

    15:29:03 CEST

    The 18 leaders are: Hayden Roulston (RadioShack), Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma QuickStep), Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma QuickStep), Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Sharp), Philippe Gilbert (BMC), Maxime Bouet (AG2R), Matteo Montaguti (AG2R), Wilco Kelderman (Blanco), Matti Breschel (Saxo Tinkoff), Michael Morkov (Saxo Tinkoff), Michael Albasini (ORICA), Jorge Azanza (Euskaltel), Jérémy Roy (FDJ), Tom Dumoulin (Argos Shimano), Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling), Anthony Delaplace (Sojasun), Rémi Pauriol (Sojasun) and they have 3;15 on the yellow jersey group.

  23. 15:30:23 CEST

    • Blanco

    Wilco Kelderman is the best placed rider in GC in the break. He's 53 seconds down on Meyer so right now, he's leading the race.

  24. 15:35:24 CEST

    There's some decent firepower in that break. The most interesting could be Albasini. He can climb and TT and his presence will mean that Orica don't have to do all the chasing. Alas for the Australian team Albasini is over four minutes down on GC.

  25. 115km remaining from 203.3km

    15:36:38 CEST

    115km to go and the gap is up to 3:15.

  26. 15:45:14 CEST

    The bunch have reacted and shaved 30 seconds off the break's advantage.

  27. 15:51:06 CEST

    The break are less than 10km from the feedzone, with the peloton 2'54 back.

  28. 15:52:00 CEST

    Astana and Movistar, both teams who missed the break, are now working hard to chase the move down.

  29. 15:53:55 CEST

    • Lampre Merida

    Simone Stortoni has abandoned the race.

  30. 15:58:55 CEST

    Roughly halfway through today's stage. The break, consisting of Hayden Roulston (RadioShack), Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma QuickStep), Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma QuickStep), Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Sharp), Philippe Gilbert (BMC), Maxime Bouet (AG2R), Matteo Montaguti (AG2R), Wilco Kelderman (Blanco), Matti Breschel (Saxo Tinkoff), Michael Morkov (Saxo Tinkoff), Michael Albasini (ORICA), Jorge Azanza (Euskaltel), Jérémy Roy (FDJ), Tom Dumoulin (Argos Shimano), Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling), Anthony Delaplace (Sojasun), and Rémi Pauriol (Sojasun) have 3'05 over the Astana/Movistar led peloton.

  31. 16:12:50 CEST

    It's all flat now until the final two climbs of the day. The gap keeps hovering around the 2/3 minute mark though with Astana and Movistar still leading the chase.

  32. 16:28:58 CEST

    There's been another Tour de France short list announced. This time it's Argos Shimano.

    HTC used to always keep their list private, even from the riders I think, so that they would be motivated to race throughout June.

  33. 80km remaining from 203.3km

    16:32:09 CEST

    80km remaining in the stage and the break has 3'10 over the peloton.

  34. 70km remaining from 203.3km

    16:39:53 CEST

    A more concerted effort from the peloton and the gap is now down to 2'00.

  35. 16:50:07 CEST

    Another 30 seconds has been chipped off the lead.

  36. 17:00:24 CEST

    It looks like the peloton might catch the group before the next climb, with the gap now down to 1'30.

  37. 17:04:20 CEST

    Ryder Hesjedal has crashed and is out of the Tour de Suisse according to reports.

  38. 17:08:38 CEST

    And we're down to just nine riders in the front group now too.

  39. 45km remaining from 203.3km

    17:09:54 CEST

    The gap has at least gone back out to 2 minutes with some new impetus in the break. The bunch still have everything under control at this stage though.

  40. 17:10:49 CEST

    The nine leaders are:  Hayden Roulston (RadioShack), Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma QuickStep), Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma QuickStep), Johan Vansummeren (Garmin-Sharp), Philippe Gilbert (BMC), Wilco Kelderman (Blanco), Matti Breschel (Saxo Tinkoff), Michael Albasini (ORICA), Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling)

  41. 17:16:22 CEST

    That's very disappointing news for Garmin with the loss of Hesjedal who was looking to find his form having left the Giro with illness. At the moment Orica are driving the peloton.

  42. 17:18:52 CEST

    The break are on a long flat straight road but the peloton have their in their sights.

  43. 17:19:47 CEST

    A few riders are struggling to hold the pace at the back of the field as we race towards the final two climbs of today, a fourth cat, then a first cat, before the long descent to the finish.

  44. 17:20:46 CEST

    Astana are also going a lot of work near the front of the peloton still. They've been instrumental in bringing this break back.

  45. 17:22:44 CEST

    It's still a very strong break up the road with a number of powerful and proven riders but really they need at least 3-4 minutes before starting the final climb if they're to have any chance of winning today. The gap is currently at 2 minutes.

  46. 17:26:23 CEST

    The break race over the finish line for the first time with the bunch now 2'01 back. Gilbert comes to the front and sets the pace with Albasini following him through.

  47. 17:29:01 CEST

    The riders are now climbing, with the break on the penultimate climb of the day.

  48. 17:29:41 CEST

    Boonen leads them over the top to take some KOM points. There's been some rain so the roads will be pretty slick on the descent towards the final climb.

  49. 17:30:54 CEST

    Saxo Bank are now setting the pace for Kreuziger.

  50. 17:35:09 CEST

    And now the leaders are on the final climb of the day. Boonen looks to be struggling.

  51. 17:35:40 CEST

    There's an attack from the peloton from Argos and now Terpstra is slipping back.

  52. 30km remaining from 203.3km

    17:36:01 CEST

    The gap is now down to 1'18.

  53. 17:39:32 CEST

    Burghardt is now leading the peloton for BMC and his leader Van Garderen as now Gilbert is starting to struggle and has lost about 10 meters on the break.

  54. 29km remaining from 203.3km

    17:41:55 CEST

    29km to go and the gap is now down to 1'21. There are just six riders left in the break.

  55. 17:42:12 CEST

    Andy Schleck is quite near the front of the peloton.

  56. 17:42:49 CEST

    The break are doing a good job of holding the break at the moment. There are still some steep sections to come before the long descent.

  57. 17:44:22 CEST

    Vansummeren is being distanced now, his shoulders rocking as Roulston is also dropped. So we have just four riders in the lead now.

  58. 17:46:36 CEST

    Lampre set the pace for Scarponi, it will be interesting to see what he can do today. Saxo Bank are showing their intent though

  59. 17:47:23 CEST

    26km to go so there's still a fair distance remaining of this climb before the 19km descent. Roche is setting the pace at the front of the peloton.

  60. 17:48:21 CEST

    Andy Schleck has been dropped, the RadioShack rider losing major ground on the climb. The bunch now have the leaders at 43 seconds with Roche doing a lot of the work.

  61. 17:49:22 CEST

    He's really riding for a Tour de France slot and even though he has a man in the break the Danish team are trying to set something up for Kreuziger.

  62. 17:52:36 CEST

    Confirmation from Garmin that Hesjedal is at the hospital. In the race and Meyer is starting to struggle as Albasini is given the green light and now leads the race and his alone. This climb really suits him but he has just 19 seconds on the peloton.

  63. 17:53:15 CEST

    BMC are now leading  the reduced peloton. There are less than 20 riders as Kelderman is swept up.

  64. 17:53:41 CEST

    It looks like Scarponi is struggling but where is Meyer, we've lost sight of him.

  65. 17:54:29 CEST

    Rui Costa, last year's winner, is here, Pinot too. Tangert as well.

  66. 17:55:02 CEST

    Van Garderen is setting the pace and has brought Albasini back so it's all together, although there are less than 20 riders in the lead peloton.

  67. 17:55:29 CEST

    Meyer is not in this lead group.

  68. 17:55:56 CEST

    The race leader is chasing further down the climb without any help.

  69. 17:57:02 CEST

    There's still time for Meyer to recover though. The race dips down slightly but we're climbing again. The descent is going to be tricky, it's a technical one but it's going to be even harder in the wet conditions.

  70. 17:58:57 CEST

    Peter Sagan is in the lead group and is right on the back of the two BMC riders at the front of the peloton.

  71. 17:59:52 CEST

    The Cannondale rider looks comfortable and if it comes down to a sprint he'll be the favourite. Dan Martin is also in the lead group. Visconti is there too and Mollema.

  72. 18:00:37 CEST

    It's still  Van Garderen on the front of the peloton setting the pace.

  73. 18:01:38 CEST

    The American lifts the pace again and has the move strung out. He takes a quick look behind him and then settles back to his pace setting duties.

  74. 18:02:10 CEST

    Frank sits on van Garderen's wheel but he's not looking as comfortable as the American.

  75. 18:04:50 CEST

    Van Garderen pulls over, his work done and Kreuziger takes over straight away. He's lifted the pace dramatically.

  76. 18:05:46 CEST

    They're on the descent and Kreuziger is stretching the lead group.

  77. 18:06:01 CEST

    It looks like Scarponi has made it back to the lead group.

  78. 18:07:29 CEST

    Kreuziger isn't the cleanest through the corners but he's not holding back that's for certain.

  79. 18km remaining from 203.3km

    18:09:40 CEST

    18km to go and we'll almost certainly have a new race leader. If Meyer can't catch the leaders then Mathias Frank should take yellow.

  80. 18:10:03 CEST

    There are now four leaders, Kreuziger, Sagan, Rui Costa and Frank.

  81. 16km remaining from 203.3km

    18:10:23 CEST

    They've broken clear on the descent.

  82. 18:11:02 CEST

    The Saxo rider is doing all the work and he's looking good on the less technical corners as Sagan now comes through and takes a long turn.

  83. 18:11:37 CEST

    Sagan will happily work as beating three riders in a sprint is a much easier proposition. 

  84. 18:12:16 CEST

    The other three riders are all going to work as well due to their GC aspiration. Behind and Daniel Martin leads the chase.

  85. 18:13:51 CEST

    The road now levels off and starts climbing before the final plunge down to the finish.

  86. 18:14:31 CEST

    The four leaders have 27 seconds with 14km to go.

  87. 18:15:16 CEST

    Dan Martin is doing a lot of work in the chase but it's almost a one man job at the moment.

  88. 18:16:12 CEST

    Mollema has attacked from the chase group and Martin is trying to catch him.

  89. 18:17:42 CEST

    Mollema is clear but is 24 seconds behind the leaders. They won't want him to bridge up and will need to keep on pushing. So far Rui Costa hasn't done much work, perhaps because Visconti is in the chase.

  90. 18:18:28 CEST

    The gap has now gone out to 31 seconds with 11km to go.

  91. 18:20:19 CEST

    Under 10 km to go and the gap is 34 seconds. Frank is riding towards the leader's jersey right now. Mollema is about to be caught by the chase group.

  92. 18:22:42 CEST

    Mollema has actually stayed clear but he's still 31 seconds down on the leaders with 6km to go.

  93. 18:24:53 CEST

    Rui Costa has now started to work with it clear that Visconti and co are not going to come back.

  94. 18:25:11 CEST

    Costa also wants to put time in Mollema too.

  95. 3km remaining from 203.3km

    18:25:48 CEST

    3km to go and Sagan hits the front on the final section of the descent.

  96. 18:26:48 CEST

    Sagan is the favourite for the stage but it will be interesting to see if any of the other try and take him on. Maybe a late attack?

  97. 18:27:13 CEST

    Sagan is at the front and controlling the pace.

  98. 18:27:26 CEST

    Sagan had attacked.

  99. 18:27:54 CEST

    Incredible. Kreuziger closes the move down.

  100. 18:28:08 CEST

    And Costa will lead out with Sagan on his wheel.

  101. 18:28:37 CEST

    Sagan takes the win, Rui Costa second and Frank will now lead the race on GC.



  102. 18:29:15 CEST

    Mollema now comes to the line and then the rest of the chase at 44 seconds.

  103. 18:30:11 CEST

    Meyer now comes up to the line and but he's down by 1'47 and loses his yellow jersey.

  104. 18:30:52 CEST

    Albasini comes over the line soon after. GreenEdge went for it today with Albasini in the break but it didn't come off for the Australian team.

  105. 18:31:55 CEST

    In GC Frank leads Kreuziger by 23 seconds with Rui Costa in third.

  106. 18:32:35 CEST

    Frank gives van Garderen a hug at the line. The American was crucial in dropping Meyer and setting up Frank for the finish.

  107. 18:36:16 CEST

    1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 4:46:27
    2 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team
    3 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
    4 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team
    5 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:00:39
    6 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:00:46
    7 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp
    8 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
    9 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team
    10 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

  108. 18:36:37 CEST

    And in GC:

    1 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 7:39:18
    2 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:25
    3 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 0:00:35
    4 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:00:53
    5 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:57
    6 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:01:08
    7 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 0:01:23
    8 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:01:26
    9 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:28
    10 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:01:39

  109. 18:37:52 CEST

    Thanks for joining us today. You can find our report and results right here. Tune in tomorrow for more live coverage from the Tour de Suisse.

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