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 four of the Tour de Suisse. 

  1. 16:42:21 CEST

     Today's stage started in the town of Flims and ends after 193km of racing in Schwarzenbach. It is expected to be another day for the sprinters, who can survive on the climb that features three times in the second half of the stage.

  2. 16:46:58 CEST

    After 80km of racing the peloton has reduced the gap to five breakaways to just two minutes.

     

  3. 16:49:41 CEST

    The riders will soon begin the three climbs of the Kirchberg climb. 

     

  4. 16:53:25 CEST

    The riders on the attack are Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Davide Malacarne (Astana), Alex Howes (Cannondale-Garmin), Stijn Devolder (Trek Factory Racing) and Frederik Brackjaert (Wanty Groupe Gobert).

     

  5. 16:54:10 CEST

    Malacarne was the first get away after 12km and was quickly joined by the other riders.

     

  6. 16:55:01 CEST

    They opened a 4:00 lead after an hour racing but then lost some time on the Wildhaus climb. 

     

  7. 16:57:39 CEST

    Philippe Gilbert (BMC) was one of two riders not start today's stage after he was diagnosed with a micro-fracture in his knee. As a result he is not available for the BMC Tour de France team, which will be built around the USA's Tejay van Garderen.

    For more details on Gilbert's injury, click here.

     

  8. 90km remaining from 193.2km

    17:01:16 CEST

    The peloton has just enjoyed lunch after passing the feed zone and so the chase will be on again very soon. 

     

  9. 17:11:35 CEST

    The five have extended their lead to 2:20 as the games of cat and mouse begin.

     

  10. 17:15:55 CEST

    The Tour de Suisse is the last WorldTour race before the Tour de France but other races begin later this week as riders prepare for the Grand Boucle.

    Alberto Contador has confirmed he will test his legs at the Route du Sud in the Pyrenees as he recovers from his efforts at the Giro d'Italia. 

    Click here to read what he said earlier.

      

     

  11. 17:21:56 CEST

    Thomas De Gendt has taken maximum points atop the Kirchberg climb. He seems to be targeting the climber's jersey today. The peloton, lead by Orica-GreenEdge, are 2:05 at the summit. 

     

  12. 17:32:28 CEST

    After a fast descent, the riders are about to pass through the finish area for the first time. There are 60km left to race.

     

  13. 17:37:57 CEST

    Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) is in action in his home tour at the Tour de Suisse. He was second in the opening time trial but revealed that he is focused on form after his vertebra fracture that forced him to miss the cobbled Classics.

    Click here to read what Cancellara said about his form and his desire to end his career when he wants rather than letting his injuries dictate events.

     

     

  14. 58km remaining from 193.2km

    17:47:10 CEST

    The five attackers are losing ground as the peloton accelerates behind.  

     

  15. 17:48:51 CEST

    The roads are dry today but the riders are wearing a second layer of clothing for the cool temperatures.

     

  16. 55km remaining from 193.2km

    17:50:25 CEST

    The gap to the five is just 20 seconds now.

     

  17. 17:54:04 CEST

    The five are looking back and can see the peloton. The break is about to be caught. 

     

  18. 17:56:23 CEST

    Howes refuses to give up and jumps away alone.

     

  19. 17:58:11 CEST

    De Gendt is also putting up a fight as a crash causes problems in the peloton.

     

  20. 17:58:31 CEST

    However the Orica-GreenEdge team is still leading the peloton.

     

  21. 17:59:41 CEST

    The tempo by Orica is hurting the pure sprinters. Arnaud Demare (FDJ) is the first to be dropped. Hr crashed two days ago and seems to be suffering. 

     

  22. 18:01:05 CEST

    Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) has also slipped off the back, despite lots of riders still in the peloton.

     

  23. 18:02:04 CEST

    Cameron Meyer is on the front working for Orica-GreenEdge.

     

  24. 18:05:53 CEST

    Orica-GreenEdge's tempo has also spat Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) out of the back of the peloton.

     

  25. 18:08:25 CEST

    Orica are trying to eliminate all of Michael Matthew's sprint rivals but the biggest -Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo), is still in the front group.

     

  26. 40km remaining from 193.2km

    18:09:58 CEST

    John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) could also be a contender in the sprint finish.

     

  27. 18:14:29 CEST

    Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) makes a late move to take 3 intermediate sprint seconds with a late jump. He now leads Sagan by 8 seconds. 

     

  28. 18:23:52 CEST

    in the late intermediate sprint , Matti Breschel (Tinkoff-Saxo) picked up 2 seconds, with Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) picking up a second.  

     

  29. 30km remaining from 193.2km

    18:25:02 CEST

    There are about 80 riders left in the front group, with most of the sprinters in chase groups. 

     

  30. 18:26:15 CEST

    The group passes the finish to start the last circuit. Fabian Cancellara brings up the rear of the group.  

  31. 18:29:17 CEST

    The speed is rising as the final climb approaches. Some riders are even on the side walks. 

     

  32. 18:31:04 CEST

    Several Sagan fans have travelled from Slovakia to cheer their rider. Can he win a second stage today? We will know in 25km. 

     

  33. 18:35:37 CEST

    Cancellara has now eased up, as Orica continue to set a furious pace with five riders on the front. 

     

  34. 20km remaining from 193.2km

    18:39:54 CEST

    The riders are on the Kircherg climb, with Orica still on charge. 

     

  35. 18:40:37 CEST

    Daryll Impey and Johan Chavez are on the front, riding for Matthews and Albasini.

     

  36. 18:41:16 CEST

    Impey is first over the top of the climb, with the other riders sat in their slipstream.

     

  37. 18:41:42 CEST

    Peter Sagan is in the group and looking strong.

     

  38. 18:42:41 CEST

    John Degenkolb is tucked on Matthews back wheel. 

     

  39. 18:44:30 CEST

    Attack! Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team) tries a solo move.

     

  40. 18:45:59 CEST

    With Cavendish distanced, Etixx will be working for Matteo Trentin. 

     

  41. 18:46:38 CEST

    Lutsenko has opened a 18-second gap but the roads are wide and open for the next few kilometres.

     

  42. 18:49:24 CEST

    Peter Sagan swings off to avoid going to the front. He wants to force other teams and riders to chase Lutsenko. 

     

  43. 18:50:07 CEST

    Crash! 

     

  44. 18:51:05 CEST

    A Cannondale-Garmin hits a branch on the side of the road and goes down hard. It looks like it was Moreno Moser.

     

  45. 10km remaining from 193.2km

    18:52:00 CEST

    Lutsenko has a 20-second lead. He is giving it everything.

     

  46. 8km remaining from 193.2km

    18:54:24 CEST

    Lutsenko has pushed his lead out to 30 seconds. Behind FDJ is leading the chase.

     

  47. 18:55:38 CEST

    This final short climb will be decisive for Lutsenko. 

     

  48. 18:56:28 CEST

    The peloton has split after a surge by Morkoff of Tinkoff-Saxo.

     

  49. 18:56:50 CEST

    He has sat up after realising that Sagan was behind.

     

  50. 18:57:13 CEST

    Lutsnko is caught by a new attacker: Marco Marcato (Wanty). 

     

  51. 18:57:46 CEST

    Sergio Henao (Team Sky) drags Bakelants (Ag2r) up to Marcato. 

     

  52. 18:58:14 CEST

    Henao pushes on alone over the top of the climb.

     

  53. 4km remaining from 193.2km

    19:00:39 CEST

    Marcato, Henao and Bakelants still have a slight lead.

     

  54. 19:01:27 CEST

    However the peloton can see the trio. We're set for another sprint. 

     

  55. 2km remaining from 193.2km

    19:02:04 CEST

    The group of 40 riders is back together as they dive through a series of corners.

     

  56. 19:03:14 CEST

    Albasini is doing a massive turn on the front for Matthews.  

     

  57. 19:03:46 CEST

    But here comes Etixx, as Sagan sits in third spot and waits for the road to rise in the final kilometre. 

     

  58. 19:04:20 CEST

    The sprinters hesitate with 500m to go. 

     

  59. 19:05:01 CEST

    Sagan goes first but Matthews comes past him in the final down hill part to win the stage.

     

  60. 19:05:34 CEST

    There is a split in the group, with Thomas seeming to lose a few seconds. 

     

  61. 19:06:30 CEST

    Matthews rode a clever sprint, letting Sagan go early over the top of the climb. He then switched to the other side of the road and accelerated to victory. 

     

  62. 19:06:54 CEST

    Matthews thanks Albasini for his huge amount of work.

     

  63. 19:08:29 CEST

    Greg van Avermaet (BMC) finished third, with John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) fourth. 

     

  64. 19:09:10 CEST

    Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) finished near the front and so kept his overall race lead.

     

  65. 19:10:41 CEST

    Thanks to time bonuses Sagan is second overall at 1 second. 

     

  66. 19:16:30 CEST

    The Tour de Suisse heads into the mountains on Wednesday for the finish in Solden, Austria.  

    The 237km stage ends at 12km climb to the finish line. 

     

  67. 19:17:22 CEST

    That's it for today's live coverage from the Tour de Suisse, we will have a full stage report, photo gallery, results and news on Cyclingnews very soon. 

     

     

     

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