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 live coverage of stage eight of the Tour de Suisse.

  1. 15:46:01 CEST

    Hello and welcome to our blow by blow coverage of stage 8 around Bern, the home of Fabian Cancellara.

  2. 15:47:25 CEST

    The 152km stage covers four laps of  38km circuit south of the Swiss city, with 1900m of climbing and lots of twisting roads.   


  3. 15:53:22 CEST

    A breakaway is expected to dominate the early laps of the stage and perhaps even stay away to take the spoils. 


  4. 15:54:01 CEST

    12 riders jumped away almost fro the start. 


  5. 15:55:43 CEST

    The 12 riders included world champion Michal Kwiatkowski but were quickly caught by the peloton.


  6. 16:00:30 CEST

    Other riders are trying to go away gain, including Matteo Trentin (Etixx-QuickStep). 

  7. 16:02:27 CEST

    On Friday Alexander Krisoff (Katusha) used his sprint speed to beat Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo). Read about the stage and see our photo gallery of all the action by clicking here.   


  8. 16:07:22 CEST

    The peloton has split as the attacks continue to be launched off the front. 


  9. 16:10:57 CEST

    Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx-QuickStep) isagain on the attack. He is looking for a stage success as he prepares for the Tour de France.  


  10. 16:18:40 CEST

    The pace has taken its toll with Jasper Stuyven (Trek Factory Racing) calling it quits. 


  11. 120km remaining from 164.6km

    16:21:42 CEST

    The peloton is still chasing a group of 19 riders. It is perhaps too big to let go and so the gap is at 40 seconds. 


  12. 16:26:43 CEST

    The 19 rider attack includes Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin), who is best placed overall. 

    They lead the peloton by 52 seconds now. 



  13. 16:30:48 CEST

    Also in the attack are Stijn Devolder (Trek Factory Racing) and Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge) as the riders complete the first 38km lap around Bern.


  14. 16:37:24 CEST

    The  break has opened a 1:00 lead. Team Sky has been forced to chase to defend Geraint Thomas' overall chances.


  15. 16:38:18 CEST

    The Cannondale-Garmin team is also helping the chase. 


  16. 16:40:22 CEST

    FDJ is also working hard but the gap is up to 1:20.


  17. 17:03:36 CEST

    The gap has continued to grow and is now close to 2:00.


  18. 87km remaining from 164.6km

    17:08:53 CEST

    With just over two hours of racing left to go, the break has established a solid lead of 2:00. This move could stay away.


  19. 17:20:01 CEST

    We've updated our situation on the right, with the names of the riders in the break away.








  20. 75km remaining from 164.6km

    17:20:54 CEST

    With two laps to go of the circuit, the gap is at 2:12.


  21. 17:26:11 CEST

    Bakelants has won the intermediate sprint but no time bonuses are awarded today. 


  22. 17:36:08 CEST

    Barguil is the best placed rider overall but is 4:52 down on Pinot and so no real overall threat.

    It will be interesting to see if the sprinters' decide to chase down the 19-rider attack or let them go.   


  23. 62km remaining from 164.6km

    17:44:41 CEST

    The hills are starting to hurt the riders in the break and the chasing peloton.


  24. 17:45:59 CEST

    Much of the circuit is in the Swiss countryside, meaning the riders are also exposed to any side winds.


  25. 17:50:19 CEST

    Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) is in action on his home roads near Bern.

    The Swiss rider is fighting to build his form after missing the cobbled Classics due to a fractured vertebra. 

    He is a favourite for the time trial stage on Sunday.   


  26. 17:52:29 CEST

    The 38km circuit includes several climbs with the Liebewil climb also awarding points in the climber's competition. 

    Bakelants lead over the climb this time, with world champion Michal Kwiatkowski apparently struggling slightly.  


  27. 17:53:10 CEST

    Team Sky continues to lead the peloton.


  28. 17:54:58 CEST

    Geraint Thomas is only 37 seconds behind race leader Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and is hoping to snatch victory in Sunday's time trial.

    Read more about Sunday's face-off here.


  29. 17:55:39 CEST

    No sooner did we mention Fabian Cancellara, and he stops for a quick mechanical service. 


  30. 17:58:48 CEST

    Cancellara said he was ready to suffer in this year's race. Read what he said by clicking here. 


  31. 18:02:23 CEST

    The Cannondale-Garmin team missed the break and so is helping to bring it under control.  


  32. 41km remaining from 164.6km

    18:05:06 CEST

    The gap is falling slightly but is still above 2:00.


  33. 18:07:58 CEST

    Jakob Fuglsang is off the back Astana teammate Agnoli after an apparent problem. 


  34. 18:08:51 CEST

    Fuglsang is struggling to continue. He seems about to quit he race and must surely be ill in some way. 


  35. 38km remaining from 164.6km

    18:10:26 CEST

    The break is passing through the finish area for the penultimate time. 


  36. 18:12:17 CEST

    The peloton passes through the finish too, still 2:00 backs. 


  37. 18:16:42 CEST

    The race is switching through the centre of Bern, with huge crowds stopping to see the riders.


  38. 18:17:01 CEST

    The peloton is lined out as the speed stays high.


  39. 18:17:44 CEST

    Crash! Maxime Monfort (Lotto Soudal) goes down, losing some skin on his shoulder and back. 


  40. 18:21:34 CEST

    Monfort has retired from the race, cutting through the barriers to head to the Lotto Soudal team bus. 


  41. 18:24:30 CEST

    Meanwhile, at the Ster ZLM Toer, Moreno Hofland (LottoNL Jumbo) has won stage three of the race.


  42. 18:27:24 CEST

    The peloton seems to have eased slightly, with the gap staying at around 2:00.  


  43. 18:31:25 CEST

    Attack! Turgot and Kwiatkowski have upped the speed in the break.


  44. 18:33:52 CEST

    Anaconda accelerates away to reach the summit of the climb first and keeps going.


  45. 18:35:27 CEST

    More attacks will surely follow but riders such as Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Matteo Trentin (Etixx-QuickStep) will be hoping for a sprint finish.   


  46. 18km remaining from 164.6km

    18:38:47 CEST

    Lutsenko (Astana) also tries to go away but Kwiatkowski again chased him down, riding to help Trentin in an eventual sprint. 


  47. 18:40:11 CEST

    Meanwhile Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) has confirmed via Twitter that he quit the Tour de Suisse due to stomach problems.  


  48. 18:40:45 CEST

    Up front Lutsenko is slowly opening a gap as the break splits behind him.


  49. 15km remaining from 164.6km

    18:43:31 CEST

    Bakelants has joined Lutsenko, with eight chasers at 150m. 


  50. 18:46:08 CEST

    Lutsenko and Bakelants are diving down the descent, crouched low over their bikes.


  51. 10km remaining from 164.6km

    18:49:08 CEST

    The duo have  20-second lead. They could stay away unless the eight chasers up their speed. 


  52. 18:49:42 CEST

    Trenton attacks with Barguil to try to split the chasers.


  53. 18:50:05 CEST

    They are trying to get ride of Bennati and other fast finishers.


  54. 8km remaining from 164.6km

    18:52:07 CEST

    Lutsenko does a big turn on the front to keep the break going at speed.  


  55. 18:53:30 CEST

    Cameron Meyer and Michael Albasini are working together in the chase group, with the Australian sacrificing his chances for his Swiss teammate.


  56. 5km remaining from 164.6km

    18:54:08 CEST

    The riders will soon hit the final short climb. 


  57. 18:55:52 CEST

    The race follows the river now before climbing up to the city. The gap is only 11 seconds now.


  58. 18:57:02 CEST

    Lutsenko and Bakelants hit the climb as the chasers close the gap. Can they stay away? 


  59. 18:57:22 CEST

    Lutsenko is doing most of the work. 


  60. 18:58:01 CEST

    Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha) kicks off the chase. 


  61. 18:58:19 CEST

    He is followed by Trentin and Barguil.  


  62. 18:58:44 CEST

    The others also get back up but the duo are still 14 ahead.


  63. 1km remaining from 164.6km

    18:59:39 CEST

    Last kilometre! Lutsenko is still working, with Bakelants tucked on his wheel. 


  64. 19:00:34 CEST

    Lutsenko continues to lead it out. 


  65. 19:00:57 CEST

    Didi the Devil gives them a cheer. Who will win? 


  66. 19:01:36 CEST

    Lutsenko leads it out and wins with ease, as if Bakelants opted not to sprint. 


  67. 19:01:59 CEST

    Barguil takes third after jumping away in the final kilometre.


  68. 19:03:09 CEST

    Behind it seems that Pinot has again lost some time. Thomas is in a small group with Sagan and Dumoulin. 


  69. 19:03:46 CEST

    They gain perhaps two or three seconds before Sunday's final time trial. 


  70. 19:11:44 CEST

    Pinot remains in the race leader's yellow jersey before Sunday's final 38km time trial stage.


  71. 19:12:47 CEST

    Thomas is arguably now the favourite to win the 2015 Tour de Suisse, with Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) also a threat.  


  72. 19:17:05 CEST

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

    We will have a full stag report, photo gallery, full results and news on very soon. 

    Join us on Sunday for live coverage of the decisive time trial stage.


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