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Tour de Suisse 2013

Date range:
June 8-16, 2013

June 14, Stage 7: Meilen - La Punt 206km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

Welcome to the Queen Stage of this year's Tour de Suisse! It is the longest stage of this year's race and offers the riders four ranked climbs, including an HC climb only 10km from the finish.

  1. 14:59:33 CEST

    We are about halfway through the stage and although it took a while, we have a large group with a nice gap.

  2. 120km remaining from 206km

    15:01:31 CEST

    With 120km to go, the gap is 4:09 for Jose Joaquin Rojas (MOV), Eduard Vorganov (KAT), Andreas Klöden (RLT), Niki Terpstra (OPQ),
    Manuele Mori (LAM), Damiano Caruso (CAN), Luis Leon Sanchez (BLA), Michael Morkov (TST), Daryl Impey (OGE), Adria Saez (EUS), Tomasz Marczynski (VCD), Johannes Fröhlinger (ARG), Georg Preidler (ARG) and Jean-Marc Marino (SOJ).

  3. 15:05:35 CEST

    Many riders tried to get away early in the race, but no one was successful. The best effort came from 12 riders who got away directly after the day's first climb, but they too were caught again within 20 km. Our current group got away almost immediately thereafter.

  4. 15:10:37 CEST

    Today's stage is 206 kilometers, and features the highest point of this year's race, the Albulapass, at 2312 meters.

  5. 15:13:36 CEST

    Luis Leon Sanchez is the top-ranked rider in the group, only 6:29 down in 29th place.

  6. 15:17:16 CEST

    Today's climbs are:

    km 052,8 | Kat. 3: Kerenzerberg (5,5 km, 5,5%)
    km 129,0 | Kat. 1: Wolfgangpass (18,6 km, 4,4%)
    km 159,5 | Kat. 4: Davos Wiesen (0,7 km, 6,7%)
    km 196,7 | Kat. HC: Albulapass (25,8 km , 5,3%)

  7. 15:22:58 CEST

    The first climb, the cat 3 Kerenzerberg, was climbed just before the group got away. The points went to Kolobnev ahead of Impey, Zaugg and Riblon.

  8. 15:26:33 CEST

    As Simon Geschke of Argos-Shiman tweeted earlier, “Lots of altitude meters to climb today in Switzerland. Trying to find the climber in me at the moment. He's there...somewhere...sometimes”
     

  9. 15:31:41 CEST

    Exactly 100km to go, and the gap is holding steady at around the 4:45 mark.

  10. 15:34:12 CEST

    They have now started on the long ascent which ends up atop the cat. 1 Wolfgangpass.

  11. 15:37:43 CEST

    Best wishes go out to Heinrich Haussler (IAM), who suffered fractures to his pelvis and hip in a crash yesterday.

  12. 95km remaining from 206km

    15:43:53 CEST

    Now the gap has jumped the five minute mark, and is at 5:11.

  13. 15:49:40 CEST

    As always, a look back at who is where in which special ranking.  First up, Swiss rider Mathias Frank (BMC) proud to be leading his homeland race.

    1     Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team     20:31:06      
    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     

  14. 15:54:20 CEST

    Cannondale's Peter Sagan wears the green jersey for leader in the points ranking.

    1     Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling     55     pts
    2     Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ     50      
    3     Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha     41      
    4     Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge     30      
    5     Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack Leopard     27      
     

  15. 16:01:48 CEST

    Separate from that is the sprint ranking.

    1     Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team     13     pts
    2     Robert Vrecer (Slo) Euskaltel-Euskadi     9      
    3     Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack Leopard     7      
    4     Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha     7      
    5     Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack Leopard     7      
     

  16. 16:07:57 CEST

    Five riders have abandoned so far today: Renshaw (Blanco), Vaugrenard (FDJ) , Kamyshev (AST), Feillu (VCD) and Ulissi (LAM).
     

  17. 78km remaining from 206km

    16:11:11 CEST

    You can tell the serious climbing has started. With 10 km still to go up the Wolfgang Pass, the gap has dropped to 3:40.

  18. 16:17:13 CEST

    Robert Vrecer of Euskaltel came into the stage in the King of the Mountains jersey – but he may lose it today.

    1     Robert Vrecer (Slo) Euskaltel-Euskadi     19     pts
    2     Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff     12      
    3     Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step     12      
    4     Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack Leopard     12      
    5     Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha     10      
     

  19. 16:18:30 CEST

    This climb is proving to be too much for Tepstra, and he is the first to drop back.

  20. 16:26:41 CEST

    And, last but not least, the best team:

    1     Katusha     61:38:30      
    2     Astana Pro Team     0:00:28      
    3     Movistar Team     0:00:58      
    4     Ag2R La Mondiale     0:01:00      
    5     BMC Racing Team     0:02:12     

  21. 16:31:19 CEST

    Reports from the race are very slow in coming through.....

  22. 16:36:24 CEST

    The group has hit the Wolfgangpass mountain ranking, and in this orde: Mori, Preidler, Impey, Sanchez and Morkov.

  23. 16:40:13 CEST

    The peloton crossed the mountaintop only 2:45 behind the lead group. Terpstra has caught up with the break again.

  24. 16:42:13 CEST

    The riders now face a rather gently 20km descent before they hit the cat 4 Davos Wiesen.

  25. 16:47:25 CEST

    • Orica GreenEdge

    There is also a race going in Slovenia, and Canadian Svein Tuft (Orica-GreenEdge) won the opening time trial. “Everything went right. I had good sensations from the start. I knew I was on a good ride,” he said.

  26. 55km remaining from 206km

    16:51:02 CEST

    The gap is now 2.20. The peloton is catching up....

  27. 16:56:27 CEST

    There is tons of racing going on at the moment. The Ster ZLM Toer stage has just ended. Was it a mass sprint, or did an escape group make it to the end, after six ranked climbs? You can find the answer here.

  28. 16:59:54 CEST

    Terpstra has again dropped from the lead group, this time along with Saez.

  29. 17:03:37 CEST

    Mori again took the points at the cat 4 climb, giving him 13 on the day. Behind him were Peidler and Fröhlinger. Saez has now caught the group again.

  30. 35km remaining from 206km

    17:13:23 CEST

    35 km to go now, and most of them go up. Way up!

  31. 17:15:30 CEST

    A gap of only 1:42 as the leaders start up the 25.8km climb up the HC-ranked Albulapass.

  32. 17:18:26 CEST

    Saxo-Tinkoff leading the chase, with BMC right behind them.

  33. 17:21:39 CEST

    Looks like Saxo-Tinkoff fancies Kreuziger's chances today, at least of taking the yellow jersey.

  34. 17:22:08 CEST

    Up ahead, Sanchez and Saez attack out of the lead group.

  35. 17:22:46 CEST

    Saez has dropped back and in fact the group is falling apart. Sanchez still with a slight lead.

  36. 17:23:35 CEST

    The riders in the peloton are finding it hard going as well,

  37. 17:24:15 CEST

    Tom Boonen is now leadng a rather large grupetto.

  38. 17:25:41 CEST

    Preidler moves up to Sanchez. And Dombrowski (Sky) jumps from the chase group.

  39. 17:31:05 CEST

    Saxo-Tinkoff continues to pull the field along.

  40. 17:34:37 CEST

    Andy Schleck is still in the main chase group.

    There are three other riders with Dombrowski, one of whom is Klöden.

  41. 17:35:27 CEST

    Sky's Josh Edmonson has now jumped from the field and is on his way to join teammate Dombrowski.

  42. 17:37:43 CEST

    Morkov starts going backwards out of the peloton. He has put in a long day.

  43. 17:38:37 CEST

    Preidler has pulled away from Sanchez, who is now waiting for Dombrowski. The two then pull up to Preidler.

  44. 17:40:21 CEST

    That was it for Sanchez. He is gone. Someone else is tryig to move up -- it is Johan Tschoop.

  45. 17:41:44 CEST

    And now Dombrowski drops Preidler and carries n alone.

    Two Lampre riders move out of the peloton, one is Scarponi.

  46. 17:43:29 CEST

    Edmonson is apparently back in the field.

  47. 17:44:51 CEST

    Dombrowski keeps plugging away. The young American is in his first pro year.

  48. 17:46:09 CEST

    Now two Blando riders try to pull away. Scarponi's helper has dropped back to the field. Mathias Frank has lost a helper, as Marcus Burghardt has done his duty and drops back.

  49. 17:47:36 CEST

    Tschoop and Preidler are together in the chase.

  50. 17km remaining from 206km

    17:48:59 CEST

    Only 45 seconds between Dombrowski and the chasing field, with Tschoop and Preiderl in between.

  51. 17:50:43 CEST

    The chasing field -- with maybe 25 riders -- now has Scarponi in its sights.

  52. 17:53:27 CEST

    Still 6 km to go for Dombowski to the top. And then another 10 km down.

  53. 17:54:09 CEST

    He has 35 seconds on the chasers, with Scarponi somewhere in between.

  54. 17:55:50 CEST

    Schleck near the front of the group, and looking quite comfortable.

  55. 17:57:17 CEST

    Scarponi is 23 seconds down, which puts him 12 seconds ahead of the chase group.

  56. 17:58:09 CEST

    Frank still has one helper with him. Roche is still there for Kreuziger.

  57. 18:00:43 CEST

    MOllema jumps!

  58. 18:01:32 CEST

    Pinot is on his rear wheel. That springs the group. Frank is in trouble.

  59. 18:02:17 CEST

    Mollema and his followers have caught Mollema. Thy are only 34 seconds behind Dombrowski.

  60. 18:03:44 CEST

    Dombrowski starts looking back nervously, as we now see a snowdrift next to the road.

    Da Costa, Mollema, Pinot and Van Garderen are the chasers.

  61. 18:04:52 CEST

    Cameron Meyer and Mathias Frank are chasing together.

  62. 18:05:41 CEST

    The four chasers wil have Dombrowski in a few minutes.

  63. 18:05:53 CEST

    Two km to the top.

  64. 18:06:43 CEST

    They have caught the Sky rider, and Dan Martin and Mollema have caught them all.

  65. 18:07:21 CEST

    AT the 10 km marker, Pinot tries to jump.

  66. 18:08:34 CEST

    Costa is the next to give it a try, as this small group falls apart again. Looks like Dombrowski and Martin have dropped back.

  67. 18:09:07 CEST

    The have hit the top, looks like Pinot gets the points.

  68. 18:09:33 CEST

    19n seconds later Frank and Kreuziger cross the line.

  69. 18:11:01 CEST

    We still have four riders in the lead: Costa, Van Garderen, Pinot and Mollema. The rest of the rides are scattered along the road.

  70. 18:11:43 CEST

    Pinot did indeed get the 20 points for the mountain ranking.

  71. 18:12:21 CEST

    The four race down the descent.

  72. 18:13:01 CEST

    PInot is fallng back slightly on the descent. It is now 24 seconds back to Frank.

  73. 18:14:41 CEST

    The chasers are tearing down these hairpin curves. Frank is descending quite well an dmake up time, as the gap is now only 19 seconds.

  74. 18:15:01 CEST

    Martin and Dombrowski are somewhere there in between.

  75. 18:15:29 CEST

    Costa and Van GArderen have a slight lead. Mollema struggle to catch up.

  76. 18:17:02 CEST

    OH NO.

    One of the mileages markers has fallen on to the road, right in front of hte leaders! They re not injured, and bystanders are holding it up, but what a thing to happen!

  77. 18:18:16 CEST

    They pass under another inflated arch, and probably look at it nervously.

     

    Last km for Van Garderen, Mollema and Costa.

  78. 18:18:42 CEST

    Rui Costa opens the sprint, Van Garderen gives it a good try, but Spaniard wins!

  79. 18:19:22 CEST

    Cam Meyer leads the Frank group over the line 23 seconds later. Frank should keep his jersey.

  80. 18:19:46 CEST

    Frank goes over and congratulates Rui Costa on his stage win.

  81. 18:21:53 CEST

    The restt of the field is coming over the finish line in little groups. We suspect that wil contiue for a long time.

  82. 18:26:19 CEST

    Top ten on the stage:

    1 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Movistar Team  5:11:08
    2 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  0:00:00
    3 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team  0:00:00
    4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ  0:00:09
    5 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  0:00:22
    6 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp  0:00:22
    7 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  0:00:22
    8 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha  0:00:22
    9 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team  0:00:22
    10 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Sky Procycling  0:00:22
     

  83. 18:26:55 CEST

    General classification after stage 7 
    1 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team  25:42:36
    2 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Movistar Team  0:00:13
    3 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  0:00:23
    4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ  0:00:44
    5 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team  0:00:46
    6 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team  0:01:17
    7 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp  0:01:23
    8 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge  0:01:42
    9 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  0:01:43
    10 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha  0:01:50

  84. 18:27:41 CEST

    That's it for today! Thanks for reading along and be sure to join us again tomorrow for stage eight!