Tour de Suisse 2017

June 10-18, Cham, Switzerland, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
susan westemeyer

The Tour de Suisse starts today with a 6.1 km prologue/first stage.

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  1. 13:32:40 CEST

    Welcome to the 2017 Tour de Suisse! Action starts in about 10 minutes. 

  2. 13:35:57 CEST

    The first rider off today is Taco van der Hoorn (Roompot) at 13:44. The last to go is Matti Breschel (Astana) at 17:23. The riders go off at one-minute intervals.
  3. 13:39:57 CEST

    Nice weather is forecast, if a bit on the warm side. Up to 26°C, with some clouds possible.

  4. 13:43:21 CEST

    It looks as if Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) (16:48) is the top favourite today, with Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) (17:20) the second pick.

  5. 13:48:02 CEST

    We heard that the first rider was scheduled to go at 13:44, but so far we have heard nothing more. Perhaps things have been delayed?

     

  6. 13:49:15 CEST

    But now Taco is on his way! The Tour de Suisse has started!

     

  7. 13:53:28 CEST

    Suisse isn't the only game in town, you know. Or should we say, not the only big race at the moment? The Dauphine is holding its Queen Stage today, with Alpe dÄHuez beckoning at the finish. Read along there with Barry Ryan, but do come back to us here! 

     

  8. 13:59:20 CEST

    A little difficult to get information at the moment....

     

  9. 14:04:03 CEST

    World champion Peter Sagan is here for Bora-hansgrohe. He is coming off altitude training in Colorado following the Tour of California, and has his eye firmly on the green jersey at the Tour de France.

  10. 14:09:44 CEST

    And now we have a best time: Jack Bauer of QuickStep Floors has finished in 6:.51, the only one so far under seven minutes. 

     

  11. 14:17:21 CEST

    One of the big names in this race has just taken off (if the time schedule is right....) Philippe Gilbert is on his way!

  12. 14:20:28 CEST

    None of the absolute top names at Team Sky are here in Switzerland, as they are either at the Dauphine or taking a pause. They will probably be looking more for stage wins. In today’s time trial they have Jon Dibben and Owain Doull as possiblities.

  13. 14:25:52 CEST

    The best time now is with Ryan Mullen of Cannondale-Drapac, who finished in 6:37.

    Swiss rider Gregory Rast finished in 7:11

     

  14. 14:32:01 CEST

    Tejay Van Garderen is on the course. He as 4th fastest at the intermediate time check.

     

  15. 14:34:35 CEST

    Van Garderen now has the third best time at the finish, 0.02 seconds down.

     

  16. 14:37:51 CEST

    Both Cannondale and BMC have two riders in the top five at the moment. Cannondale has Mullen as first and Patrick Bevin (+0.14) fifth. For BMC, it is Van Garderern (+0.02) third and Daniel Oss -- he of the hair -- fourth at 0.11.

     

  17. 14:40:31 CEST

    Lotto Soudal is also going for stages rather than GC. Jurgen Roelandts is the man for today’s time trial, with Tim Wellens going for the mountains. "Our main objective is to win a stage in this Tour de Suisse and we are less focused on a good result in the GC. I think we can obtain a good result in almost every stage with this versatile line-up,” said DS Frederik Willems.

    Read more here.

  18. 14:43:38 CEST

    Carlos Betancur, who won the Climbing portion of the Hammer Series for Movistar last weekend, is now underway. We do not really expect a top time from the Colombian.

     

  19. 14:46:01 CEST

    Matteo Trentin of QuickStep has put in the fourth best time, at 9 seconds down.

     

  20. 14:48:38 CEST

    Another name you may recognize has just taken off: Greg van Avermaet!

     

  21. 14:55:07 CEST

    Will Jay McCarthy make his Tour de France debut with Bora-hansgrohe this year? A good performance in this race would be a huge help to him in making the team. "If I have a good race there then I will possibly be up for my first Tour de France so I'll start with a little bit of extra motivation but we have a job in hand in Tour de Suisse and I feel that we can have good results there," he said. More here....

  22. 14:58:00 CEST

    If you don't want to know who won today in the Dauphine, cover your eyes.

    The win atop Alpe d'Huez went to Peter Kennaugh (Sky). Richie Porte (BMC) still leads the race.

     

     

  23. 15:10:21 CEST

    Mullen has been in the hot seat for about an hour now. (We hope he has some shade or it will literally be a hot seat!) And he may well stay there a while longer.

     

  24. 15:21:52 CEST

    We did a recon ride for the Tour de Suisse, with comments from Ion Izagirre (Bahrain Merida). Check out our podcast here.

  25. 15:30:37 CEST

    What's happening now in the race? A lot of non-short-time-trial/prologue-expert riders are putting in their 6.1kms.

     

  26. 15:38:04 CEST

    Martin Elmiger of BMC is very much looking forward to stages 1 and 2. “For me, it is special that the first two stages are in Cham. This is the area that I call home. It’s where I raced for the first time, and it is special to come back for my last Tour de Suisse. I’m looking forward to a good week with the team and I hope to have a good start on home soil. My main role will be to protect our leaders and try and help the team go for stage wins and a result on the General Classification.”

  27. 15:46:08 CEST

    Last year Ion Izagirre was second in this race, winning the closing time trial. He is just coming off altitude training and is using this as his final preparation to leading Bahrain Merida at the Tour de France.

  28. 15:56:21 CEST

    We just had a break between groups of riders, things are starting up again.

     

  29. 16:03:00 CEST

    Swiss rider Martin Elmiger (BMC) has put in an excellent ride and is now in 3d place, only 1 second down.

     

  30. 16:05:02 CEST

    Things are happening now! Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) has now zipped into 5th place, at 8 seconds.

     

  31. 16:13:41 CEST

    Who else but Giro d’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin will lead Team Sunweb in Suisse? He has good chances in not only the two time trials but also the mountains. The question, of course, is how much he has left in his legs and whether he has recovered from Italy. Michael Matthews, aka “Bling”, will go for the sprints.

  32. 16:26:44 CEST

    Sagan has won more stages in this race than anyone else, with 13. Second behind him is Fabian Cancellara, with 11.

  33. 16:32:33 CEST

    Tom Dumoulin starts in about 15 minutes, and we might well see a new best time from him.

     

  34. 16:36:28 CEST

    "We have Tom racing in his first WorldTour race after his Giro d'Italia victory. With him we will take a day-by-day approach to see how the legs are after an intense period of racing," Sunweb coach Marc Reef said. "Our first focus will be the prologue and from there we will make a plan for the remainder of the race."

  35. 16:40:22 CEST

    You will also remember that Dumoulin just extended his contract with Team Sunweb, through the 2021 season. And for a pretty penny, no doubt!

     

  36. 16:42:54 CEST

    One sees that the faster men are now underway. Rohan Dennis (BMC) now has the best time at the midway point  and is the first to go under 3 minutes (2.59). And Jan Barta (Bora-hansgrohe) is second there, 2 seconds down.

     

  37. 16:47:28 CEST

    Rohan storms into the lead, by 13 seconds!

     

  38. 16:49:37 CEST

    Barta loses a bit of time in the second half of the stage and puts in the fifth best time, at +0.15.

     

  39. 16:50:10 CEST

    Meanwhile, Dumoulin is underway and we will soon see how he has recovered from his exertions at the Giro.

     

  40. 16:51:50 CEST

    He is only 4th at the time check, 5 seconds down.

     

  41. 16:55:45 CEST

    No win today for Dumoulin. He is now 2d at the finish, 9 seconds down.

     

  42. 17:01:01 CEST

    Jon Castroviejo of Movistar is now third, at 11 seconds.

     

  43. 17:07:36 CEST

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  44. 17:10:15 CEST

    Former hour world champion Matthias Brändle (Trek Segafredo) is now underway.

     

  45. 17:12:41 CEST

    Lasse Hansen of Aqua Blue Sports is fourth  at the halfway time check, at 3 seconds. He was third but was knocked down one by Lars Boom (LottoNL-Jumbo) at 2 seconds.

     

  46. 17:13:42 CEST

    Brändle now moves into third at the halfway mark, also 2 seconds down.

     

  47. 17:14:57 CEST

    Boom has finished the race and at the moment is 4th, 12 seconds down.

     

  48. 17:17:23 CEST

    Brändle comes to the finish and knocks Dumoulin down to third.

     

  49. 17:19:05 CEST

    And now Dumoulin is not even the fastest Sunweb rider! "Bling" Matthews is in the same time and takes third.

     

  50. 17:23:20 CEST

    TAylor Phinney and Peter Sagan are both on the course now. They will be folllowed by Mathias Frank, Stefan Küng and Matti Breschel, as the last rider.

     

  51. 17:28:09 CEST

    Interesting. The Tour live report tells us that based on the intermediate time check, Sagan cannot be expected to achieve a top result.

     

  52. 17:31:16 CEST

    Küng comes in with a time only 8 seconds down for second place.

    And our winner is Rohan Dennis!

     

  53. 17:40:23 CEST

    Top 10 on the stage: 

    1 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team 00:06:24

    2 Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team 00:00:08

    3 Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo 00:00:09

    4 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 00:00:09

    5 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 00:00:09

    6 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team 00:00:11

    7 Lars Boom (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 00:00:12

    8 Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Drapac 00:00:13

    9 Steven Lammertink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 00:00:14

    10 Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC Racing Team 00:00:14

  54. 17:59:23 CEST

    Of course, as might be expected, the top ten in GC is the same as the stage.

     

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