Tour de Suisse 2015

June 13-21, 2015, Risch-Rotkreuz, Switzerland, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

 Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage three of the Tour de Suisse.

  1. 16:04:59 CEST

    Today's stage is short and sweet at just 117.3km because of a landslide that forced the organisers to cut 57km from the original route. 

  2. 16:06:18 CEST

    however the stage will start with a bang because the riders face the Gotthard-Pass (2093m above sea level) right from the start. They also climb from the south side, which includes a long section of cobbles.


  3. 16:06:59 CEST

    However after the early effort the stage is not too hilly, with a sprint finish expected in Olivone.


  4. 16:07:48 CEST

    The riders are about to line up for the start of the stage, with the snow-covered mountains giving the race a classic Swiss look.  


  5. 16:08:56 CEST

    A lot of riders have warmed-up for the stage on rollers to ensure they are ready for the aggressive start to the stage. 


  6. 16:13:04 CEST

    They're off! The flag has dropped after a short neutralised sector and the riders will soon begin the 13km climb of the Gotthard Pass.


  7. 16:21:31 CEST

    Sunday's second stage saw a surprise win by Kristijan Durasek (Lampre-Merida), eho jumped away from a front group inside the final kilometre. 

    Read about his win and how stage one winner Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) kept the leader's jersey by clicking here.


  8. 16:22:34 CEST

    An early crash has disrupted the start of the stage but the riders are now on the lower slopes of the climb. There are 151 riders left in the peloton. 


  9. 16:36:06 CEST

    The cobbled section of the climb is making for a tough start to the stage but the first break has formed.


  10. 16:39:07 CEST

    The two attackers are  Stefan Denifl (IAM Cycling) and Marco Marcato (Wanty Groupe Gobert). They have opened a gap of a minute.


  11. 16:43:19 CEST

    This is the 34th time in the history of the Tour de Suisse that the riders climb the Gotthard Pass. 

    It's a monster of a climb, packed with hairpins and snow on the roadside. 


  12. 16:44:16 CEST

    We stand corrected. It is the 38th time the Gotthard Pass has been climbed during the Tour de Suisse. The first was back in 1934, the second year of the race.


  13. 16:45:35 CEST

    To check out the stage profile for today's stage, click here.


  14. 16:50:12 CEST

    Denifl and Marcato are working hard to stay away. Their lead is up to 1:30.


  15. 16:56:12 CEST

    The clouds are almost touching the riders near the summit but the roads are dry.


  16. 16:58:44 CEST

    The due have opened their lead to 2:30 but behind Branislau Samoilau (CCC Spandi) is chasing. 


  17. 17:07:44 CEST

    Marcato and Denifi are approaching the summit of the Gotthard Pass.  


  18. 17:13:42 CEST

     The gap for Marcato and Denifl is still around three minutes as they go close to touching the sky above the Gotthard Pass. 

  19. 17:16:45 CEST

    The breakaways have reached the summit, with Denifl leading Marcato by about 10 seconds and so taking maximum points. in the mountains classification. 


  20. 17:20:41 CEST

    Branislau Samoilau (CCC Sprandi) crossed the summit 50 seconds behind but quickly joined the two on the descent. The peloton crossed the summit 3:20 back.


  21. 17:24:11 CEST

    The riders have put on capes and arm clothing for the long descent off the Gotthard Pass. The descent is close to 40km long and ends at the feed zone. 


  22. 17:29:29 CEST

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  23. 17:35:49 CEST

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  24. 87.3km remaining from 117.3km

    17:37:04 CEST

    After an intense 30km of racing, the trio now have a lead of 4:00 on the peloton.


  25. 17:46:36 CEST

     The Tour de Suisse is in the south of Switzerland today, in the Italian speaking Ticino canton. 

  26. 17:49:19 CEST

    Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) is again in the leader's yellow jersey today. The talented Dutch time trialist won the opening time trial on Saturday. With a final time trial stage and limited mountains, he could have an eye on overall victory.   


  27. 54km remaining from 117.3km

    17:52:14 CEST

    There is less than 55km to race now, with the trio up front now leading by 5:50. 


  28. 17:52:53 CEST

    Behind the Giant-Apecin team is leading the chase. 


  29. 17:56:29 CEST

    The break and the peloton is now in the valley and the chase is finally upping the speed in pursuit. 


  30. 18:00:54 CEST

    The whole Giant-Alpecin team is riding on the front but the gap of the trio remains over 6:00. If the sprinters' teams don't join the chase soon, it could be too late for them to have a chance of winning the stage.   


  31. 18:04:32 CEST

    The three breakaway riders are working smoothly together and look determined to put up a fight.  


  32. 18:05:20 CEST

    The gap is still 6:20 with 43km to go. 


  33. 18:08:24 CEST

    The gap has opened even more as the peloton eases to take on musettes at the feed zone.    


  34. 40km remaining from 117.3km

    18:09:06 CEST

    There is some rain in the air but the roads are dry for the stage.


  35. 18:14:07 CEST

    The peloton can usually pull back a minute in ten kilometres but can also count on two late climbs to hurt the legs of the three breakaway riders. 


  36. 18:17:33 CEST

    The Tinkoff-Saxo team is leading the chase now, no doubt working for Peter Sagan, who has a great chance of victory today. 


  37. 18:17:53 CEST

    As a result the gap has quickly fallen to 5:25. 


  38. 18:22:22 CEST

    There are four Tinkoff-Saxo riding on the front and gap is falling quickly. 


  39. 30km remaining from 117.3km

    18:23:27 CEST

    As the riders pass through Biasca, the riders begin the long valley climb up towards the finish in Olivone.


  40. 18:25:07 CEST

    It will be fascinating to see which sprinters are able to stay in the peloton today.   


  41. 18:25:50 CEST

    Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) has yet to show himself in this year's race, as has John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin). 


  42. 18:28:39 CEST

    For now Cavendish and his Etixx teammates are sat in the peloton. Cavendish has world champion Michal Kwiatkowski alongside him.


  43. 25km remaining from 117.3km

    18:30:56 CEST

    Svein Tuft (Orica-GreenEdge) has hit the front, perhaps working for teammate, local rider and fast finisher Michael Albasini. 


  44. 18:34:36 CEST

    The gap is falling fast before the break even hits the 3rd category climb in Leontica. It is down to 2:30. 


  45. 20km remaining from 117.3km

    18:37:37 CEST

    Team Sky is also riding on the front, protecting team leader Geraint Thomas. 


  46. 18:40:34 CEST

    There are five trains on the front as the teams fight for position before the start of the climb.  


  47. 18:41:18 CEST

    Upfront Marcato has been dropped as the climb hurts. The roads are also wet, making it a tricky, nervous finale.


  48. 18:42:53 CEST

    As the peloton hits the climb, lots of riders ease up after doing their job.


  49. 18:44:18 CEST

    Tinkoff-Saxo and Orica-GreenEdge are working on the front to force a selection. World champion Michal Kwiatkowski is one of many to sit up and create a gruppetto.


  50. 18:45:35 CEST

    The climb is a series of hairpins separated by long straight sections of road. 


  51. 18:47:15 CEST

    For now the team leaders are saving their legs but the gap to the break is down to 1:00. 


  52. 18:47:57 CEST

    Marcato has already been caught by the peloton. 


  53. 18:49:17 CEST

    Rafal Majka is also working for Tinkoff-Saxo teammate Peter Sagan. 


  54. 18:51:52 CEST

    Sagan is tucked in the middle of the peloton.


  55. 18:52:31 CEST

    Other riders are falling out of the back, including most aggressive rider  yesterday, Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge)


  56. 18:53:24 CEST

    Dumoulin moves up to the front in the leader's yellow jersey.


  57. 18:55:12 CEST

    Denifl is the first to the top of the 3 category climb and so secures the lead in the climber's competition. 


  58. 18:56:53 CEST

    The chase group of 50 or so riders is lined out on the wet descent. They are just 25 seconds behind the attackers.  


  59. 19:00:05 CEST

    The riders are back on the valley road and heading to the gradually climb to the finish.


  60. 9km remaining from 117.3km

    19:01:41 CEST

    Seven riders have formed a front group but the peloton is not letting them go away.


  61. 19:02:10 CEST

    Albasini was in the move and accelerates again, passing the break of the day.


  62. 8km remaining from 117.3km

    19:03:33 CEST

    Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale) joins Albasini but their lead is only 100 metres.

  63. 19:04:41 CEST

    It is raining hard now, as Sagan sits on Majka's wheel at the front of the 30-rider chase group. 


  64. 19:05:38 CEST

    Team Sky has 3 riders sat behind them, with the other overall contenders there too.  


  65. 19:06:16 CEST

    The group is down to just 20 or so riders, with Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) hanging on.  


  66. 19:07:33 CEST

    Kanstantsin Siutsou (Team Sky) has lined out the group to set up teammate Sergio Henao, who jumps away and catches Albasini and Bakelants


  67. 6km remaining from 117.3km

    19:07:54 CEST

    This finale is a game of chess before the final attacks. 


  68. 5km remaining from 117.3km

    19:10:00 CEST

    Winner Anacona (Movistar) makes a move but they are quickly in pursuit behind.


  69. 19:11:14 CEST

    Rafal Majka is back on the front after the climb eased a little. He is riding to keep the group together and then it will be up to Sagan to fight in the sprint finish.


  70. 19:11:34 CEST

    There are only 25 riders in the front group. 


  71. 19:11:59 CEST

    After taking a break at the back, Albasini goes again but seems tired.


  72. 3km remaining from 117.3km

    19:12:31 CEST

    Team Sky and Katusha are leading the chase.


  73. 19:13:45 CEST

    Albasini is quickly caught and cracks, as Jérôme Coppel (IAM Cycling) tries his hand.


  74. 19:14:29 CEST

    Steve Morabito ( also surges away but the group is chasing them.


  75. 19:15:24 CEST

    Majka is making a huge effort for Sagan, pulling back every attack. 


  76. 19:15:42 CEST

    ten Dam makes a move but Majka goes after him too. 


  77. 19:16:09 CEST

    Sagan is at the front but Matthews is also up there for he sprint.


  78. 1km remaining from 117.3km

    19:16:38 CEST

    Final kilometre!


  79. 19:17:02 CEST

    Chavez attacks to try to set up Matthews.


  80. 19:17:21 CEST

    But the group is on him. 


  81. 19:17:29 CEST



  82. 19:17:56 CEST

    Sagan leads it out through the curves and wins!


  83. 19:18:57 CEST

    Sagan saw that bike skills were vital in the final 300m and surged to the front and dived through the curves to open a gap and win. 


  84. 19:19:22 CEST

    Sagan celebrated by raising one hand in the air. 


  85. 19:20:46 CEST

    Sagan got the better of Dani Moreno (Katusha) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ). 


  86. 19:22:11 CEST

    Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) finished just behind in fifth place and so kept the race leader's yellow jersey.


  87. 19:22:49 CEST

    Moreno is now second overall at 5 seconds, with Sagan third, also at 5 seconds. 


  88. 19:25:11 CEST

    Sagan has often been criticised for his lack of success this season, even by team owner Oleg Tinkov, but he was impressive today. As was Majka, who controlled the attacks before Sagan took control in the final 500 metres.   


  89. 19:26:02 CEST

    Teammate Alberto Contador was quick to praise Sagan for his win.


  90. 19:30:35 CEST

    It was Sagan's fifth victory of 2015 and comes after his overall success at the Tour of California. It was his tenth stage win at the Tour de Suisse after also taking stages in each of the last four years.


  91. 19:32:19 CEST

    Dumoulin pulls on the leader's jersey yet again and will defend his lead during Tuesday's fourth stage from Flims to Schwarzenbach. 


  92. 19:35:24 CEST

    The 193km stage includes an early climb and then covers a tough but short climb three times in the second half of the stage.   


  93. 19:36:57 CEST

    Thanks for joining us for live coverage from the Tour de Suisse.

    Join us tomorrow for more live coverage of every moment of stage four.

    We will have a full report, a photo gallery, news and interviews from the Tour de Suisse very soon on Cyclingnews.    


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