Tour de Suisse 2013

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

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Barry Ryan

Live coverage of stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse, 178.4km from Buochs to Leuggern.

  1. 113km remaining from 176.4km

    16:00:02 CEST

    As we pick up the action, a four-man break has a lead of 2:45 over the main peloton. Stijn Devolder (RadioShack-Leopard), Cyril Lemoine (Sojasun), Sébastien Minard (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Serge Pauwels (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) broke clear after 18 kilometres and, for now, the bunch seems happy to let them out there.

  2. 16:07:38 CEST

    • Team BMC

    The BMC squad of Mathias Frank are keeping a watching brief near the head of the peloton but there's no urgency in the chase at this early stage, particularly as the best-placed man in the break is Minard, who lies 70th overall at 20:37.

  3. 16:08:26 CEST

    The general classification situation after stage 4 was as follows:

    1 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 11:48:01
    2 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:23
    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

  4. 16:10:13 CEST

    On paper at least, it seems unlikely that there will be any major shake-up at the top end of the overall standings this afternoon, although with five category 4 climbs dotted inside the final 60km, there is certainly scope to disrupt the sprinters' hopes of another bunch finish.

  5. 100km remaining from 176.4km

    16:15:55 CEST

    With 100 kilometres to race, the gap between the four escapees and the bunch stands at a shade under two and a half minutes.

  6. 16:19:31 CEST

    • Cannondale

    Not surprisingly, the Cannondale team of Peter Sagan and the FDJ squad of Arnaud Démare are setting the tempo at the front of the peloton, and they'll be hoping to control affairs over the undulating finale too. Démare scored a fine stage win yesterday, sweeping in ahead of Matt Goss' Orica-GreenEdge lead-out just ahead of the final bend, and the former under-23 world champion will be looking to repeat the feat today.

  7. 16:29:38 CEST

    • Movistar

    One early abandon to report from today's stage. Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) was a faller early on. The Italian attempted to continue but after receiving attention from the race doctor, he abandoned the race. His Movistar team has since reported that Visconti suffered contusions but no broken bones in the crash. He was lying fourth overall coming into today's stage.

  8. 87km remaining from 176.4km

    16:44:29 CEST

    • RadioShack Leopard

    While Stijn Devolder pedals in today's break, the future of his team remains uncertain, with reports that a number of riders and staff members have not been paid for the month of May, a situation which also unfolded last year. Team backer Flavio Becca told Cyclingnews yesterday that everyone has now been paid, however. Luxembourg newspaper Tageblatt reported last week that Becca is set to sell the team's WorldTour licence to Trek for next season.

  9. 83km remaining from 176.4km

    16:45:40 CEST

    Cannondale and FDJ's pace-setting has shaved another few seconds off the break's lead and the margin now stands at 2:10.

  10. 70km remaining from 176.4km

    17:04:08 CEST

    The break's lead has slipped to 1:50 as they head towards the day's first climb, the Zurzacherberg.

  11. 62km remaining from 176.4km

    17:15:36 CEST

    The four escapees are on the approach to the finish town of Leuggern for the first time and their advantage has stretched back out to 2:26. Yesterday, Arnaud Démare claimed victory thanks in no small part to his insightful reading of the road book beforehand. The sprinters will have no excuses for not being familiar with the finale this afternoon, as the race passes the line in Leuggern twice before the finish.

  12. 17:17:08 CEST

    A phalanx of Cannondale are riding on the front of the peloton. Sagan is doubtless smarting after he could only manage 7th and will be looking to make amends today. The five climbs in the finale also provide an opportunity for his Cannondale squad to burn off a few of the pure sprinters.

  13. 54km remaining from 176.4km

    17:25:39 CEST

    Pauwels leads the break towards the finish line for the first time. The road rises slightly with 500 metres to go and then flatten out before curving left towards the finish line. It's a more straightforward finale than yesterday but the sprinters will have to be mindful not to open their efforts too soon. Yesterday, by contrast, it was paramount to start the sprint before the final curve with 200 metres to go.

  14. 17:26:29 CEST

    Cannondale and FDJ lead the bunch through the finish line a shade under two minutes down on the escapees.

  15. 17:30:37 CEST

    Pauwels has been to the fore every time the road goes uphill and it's a similar scenario on the 4th category climb of Loorweg, as he taps out the tempo for his three companions.

  16. 17:32:18 CEST

    Orica-GreenEdge and Argos-Shimano have joined the pursuit at the front of the peloton. There are plenty of fast men left in the race and opportunities are at a premium as the week progresses.

  17. 45km remaining from 176.4km

    17:38:06 CEST

    With 45km to go, the break's lead stands at 2:38 and there is a hint of urgency beginning to creep into the peloton's pursuit of our four escapees.

  18. 41km remaining from 176.4km

    17:46:19 CEST

    Jonas Ahlstrand (Argos-Shimano) puts in a big turn on the front and the lead of the escapees is sown to 1:39.

  19. 17:47:38 CEST

    Pauwels leads the break over the second of three ascents of the Zurzacherberg, while Michale Morkov (Saxo-Tinkoff) has launched an ambitious attack from the main peloton behind.

  20. 35km remaining from 176.4km

    17:52:51 CEST

    Michael Mørkøv is ploughing a lone furrow 1:15 down on the break, while the bunch has closed to within 1:30.

  21. 34km remaining from 176.4km

    17:56:32 CEST

    • Crash

    A crash near the rear of the peloton brings a handful of riders down, including Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) and Kenny Dehaes (Lotto Belisol). Scarponi is back on his bike and chasing on in the company of Simone Stortoni.

  22. 31km remaining from 176.4km

    17:58:24 CEST

    The leading quartet are continuing to collaborate smoothly but their concerted efforts looks set to be in vain. Their lead is now down to 54 seconds as the pace ratchets up another notch in the bunch.

  23. 18:03:49 CEST

    The stage seems set for a bunch finish but a number of overall contenders are looking to position themselves well ahead of the finale, with the yellow jersey Mathias Frank (BMC) and Bauke Mollema (Blanco) among those moving up.

  24. 26km remaining from 176.4km

    18:04:25 CEST

    After passing through Leuggern for the penultimate time, the four leaders have 29 seconds in hand on the peloton.

  25. 18:05:52 CEST

    The break hit the climb of the Loorweg once again, and it's no surprise to see that Pauwels is again the man forcing the pace.

  26. 18:06:52 CEST

    Devolder takes over approaching the summit of the climb, attempting to breathe some life into the escape attempt but the bunch is closing in rapidly.

  27. 24km remaining from 176.4km

    18:07:36 CEST

    Nicolas Roche sets the pace in the peloton for Saxo-Tinkoff and the gap to the leaders has been slashed to 15 seconds.

  28. 18:08:32 CEST

    Roche's pace-setting is causing problems for a number of riders at the rear of the peloton, including Roberto Vrecer (Euskaltel-Euskadi), and the bunch is about to make the juncture with the escapees.

  29. 18:09:34 CEST

    Gruppo compatto over the top of the climb as the four leaders are swallowed up by the main peloton.

  30. 22km remaining from 176.4km

    18:11:18 CEST

    Roche hurtles down the descent at the head of the bunch, while a long line of BMC riders shepherd Mathias Frank towards the front.

  31. 18:12:27 CEST

    Matt Goss, Tom Boonen, Arnaud Demare, Peter Sagan and Daniele Bennati (Saxo-Tinkoff) are all still in the peloton, and it's hard to imagine that the sprinters will be denied a bunch finish this afternoon.

  32. 20km remaining from 176.4km

    18:13:56 CEST

    BMC mass on the front to control affairs in defence of Frank's yellow jersey. Frank is sitting in fourth wheel, with second-placed Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-TInkoff) just a couple of rows behind him.

  33. 18km remaining from 176.4km

    18:16:27 CEST

    Marcus Burghardt (BMC) drives the pace at the head of the peloton, ahead of Tejay van Garderen and Frank. Behind the BMC train, a number of Cannondale riders are lined up, while Arnaud Demare also lurks with intent.

  34. 18:17:48 CEST

    • IAM Cycling

    IAM Cycling have now nudged their way to the front in a bid to set things up for Heinrich Haussler in the finale.

  35. 15km remaining from 176.4km

    18:21:15 CEST

    Onto the Zurzacherberg for the final time and Jorge Azanza (Euskaltel-Euskadi) jumps off the front of the peloton.

  36. 18:22:42 CEST

    Azanza opens out a 9-second lead on the climb as IAM Cycling continue to set the tempo in the field. They're seeking to shed the field of a number of fast men and favour Heinrich Haussler, but the problem for them is that so many of the sprinters in this field can more than look after themselves on the climbs, not least Peter Sagan.

  37. 13km remaining from 176.4km

    18:24:01 CEST

    Azanza is duly caught at the top of the descent as IAM Cycling continue with their forcing through Thomas Lovkvist, while BMC are lined up behind them in support of Frank.

  38. 18:25:19 CEST

    The pace is searingly quick in the peloton, which is now stretched out in one, long line.

  39. 10km remaining from 176.4km

    18:26:06 CEST

    It's difficult for riders to move up in a situation like this, but both Demare and Sagan are well-placed around twenty places back from the front.

  40. 18:27:48 CEST

    BMC have now taken over at the front. It's been striking that Philippe Gilbert hasn't contributed to the pace-making yet. The world champion might be tempted to try his luck on that short rise just ahead of the finish line.

  41. 8km remaining from 176.4km

    18:28:41 CEST

    Saxo-Tinkoff are trying to pilot Daniele Bennati into the box seat. The stage is set for something of a sprint royale.

  42. 7km remaining from 176.4km

    18:29:45 CEST

    IAM Cycling's work earlier on has now left Haussler quite isolated for the impending sprint finish. Katusha, who have been quiet to date, have now taken over, in support of Alexander Kristoff.

  43. 6km remaining from 176.4km

    18:30:43 CEST

    Matteo Tosatto (Saxo-Tinkoff) is now putting in a mammoth turn on the front of the peloton, with Bennati and Matti Breschel tucked on his wheel.

  44. 5km remaining from 176.4km

    18:32:09 CEST

    Tosatto continues to drive the pace while a phalanx of Sky riders push their way towards the front. The lime green jersey of Peter Sagan is keeping a vigilant eye on proceedings throughout.

  45. 3km remaining from 176.4km

    18:33:32 CEST

    BMC and Orica-GreenEdge hit the front once again with three kilometres to go, just before the road begins to drag upwards slightly.

  46. 2km remaining from 176.4km

    18:34:05 CEST

    No one team has been able to take hold of this finale, with a number of competing trains jostling for position.

  47. 1km remaining from 176.4km

    18:34:57 CEST

    Into the final kilometre, Andrey Kaschechkin (Astana) puts in a dig, but Cannondale take over at the front almost immediately.

  48. 18:35:29 CEST

    The road kicks up with 500 metres to go and Simon Geschke takes oer on the front.

  49. 18:36:20 CEST

    As the road flattens out with 200 metres to go, Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) opens the sprint and rips clear of Sagan.

  50. 18:37:07 CEST

    Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) wins the stage ahead of Peter Sagan, Arnaud Démare and Matti Breschel.

  51. 18:37:33 CEST

    Mathias Frank (BMC) will retain the overall lead.

  52. 18:38:47 CEST

    That was a well-timed effort from Kristoff. He sat on Matti Breschel's wheel when the Dane went for it with 250 metres, and waited until the road flattened out before opening his sprint in earnest.

  53. 18:39:32 CEST

    Sagan and Démare went a little earlier than Kristoff on the other side of the road, and they had no response when the Norwegian powered past.

  54. 18:40:59 CEST


    1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha
    2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale
    3 Arnaud Démare (Fra) FDJ
    4 Matti Breschel (Den) Saxo-Tinkoff
    5 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling

  55. 18:43:23 CEST


    1 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 4:08:29
    2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling
    3 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
    4 Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
    5 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
    6 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
    7 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida
    8 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team
    9 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
    10 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge

  56. 18:44:56 CEST

    General classification:

    1 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 15:56:30
    2 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:23
    3 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 0:00:35
    4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:00:57
    5 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:01:08
    6 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 0:01:23
    7 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:01:26
    8 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:28
    9 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:01:39
    10 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:01:42

  57. 18:53:38 CEST

    Thanks for joining us for live coverage of the Tour of Switzerland today. We'll be back with more tomorrow, but in the meantime, stay with Cyclingnews for a full report, results and pictures from today's stage, as well as all the news from Switzerland.

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