Tour de Suisse 2017

June 10-18, 2017, Cham, Switzerland, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Patrick Fletcher

Welcome to our live coverage of stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse. 

 

Tour de Suisse race hub

Stage 4 report: Warbasse wins on first summit finish in Villars-sur-Ollon

Start list

Caruso takes over Tour de Suisse lead

 

 

  1. 11:51:01 CEST

    Good morning and welcome to Cyclingnews' live coverage of the Tour de Suisse. It's stage 5 today, 222km from Bex to Cevio - the longest stage of this year's race - with the Simplonpass appearing in the middle of the stage. 

  2. 11:55:27 CEST

    As we pick up the action, the riders have completed the neutralised section and the race is underway and in its early kilometres. There's a fight to get into the breakaway - after Larry Warbasse's win yesterday, today could provide more fertile ground for the baroudeurs

  3. 11:58:12 CEST

    Here's a look at the stage profile

     

     

  4. 12:00:14 CEST

    There has been no shortage of interest in the breakaway today, with several riders trying their luck, but nothing sticking with 15km on the clock. 

  5. 12:05:28 CEST

    Damiano Caruso is in yellow today, taking over the race lead from Michael Matthews to become the third BMC rider to wear yellow so far. 

     

  6. 12:06:57 CEST

    You can read about how Caruso took the jersey - on a day when a tearful Larry Warbasse took Aqua Blue Sport's first ever victory - in our stage 4 report. 


    Tour de Suisse: Warbasse wins on first summit finish in Villars-sur-Ollon

     

  7. 12:09:50 CEST

    A crash takes out Darwin Atapuma, Simone Petilli, and Simon Spilak, but all three are back in the bunch. 

     

  8. 192km remaining from 222km

    12:13:39 CEST

    30km in and still there's no break.

     

  9. 12:20:49 CEST

    Oscar Gatto, Matej Mohoric, and Antoine Duchesne try their luck but they, too, are brought to heel. 

     

  10. 12:22:32 CEST

    In situations like this the race leader's team has to keep a watchful eye on who's trying to get up the road, but also there are so many teams who want to be in the break that if one sees a move go without themselves represented, they'll pull it back. 

     

  11. 12:25:24 CEST

    There was a minute's silence on the start line in Bex this morning in honour of former UCI president Hein Verbruggen, who passed away on Tuesday evening.

     

    Here's our story on his death

     

  12. 12:34:06 CEST

    Still nothing sticking. 

     

    A group with Alexis Gougeard, Luke Dubridge, Jack Bauer, Lasse Norman Hansen, Jonathan Hivert, Steve Morabito, and Pieter Weening opened up a small advantage but they were pulled back. 

     

  13. 172km remaining from 222km

    12:40:14 CEST

    We're 50 kilometres into the stage and still we wait for a successful breakaway. 

     

    Those 50km were ticked off in just over an hour - it's been a brisk start to the day. 

     

  14. 12:49:19 CEST

    Pretty difficult to keep track of each and every move here. It's non-stop. Attacks are pinging off the front, groups are forming, but it's all coming back together. Rinse and repeat. 

     

  15. 13:01:14 CEST

    One rider to keep an eye on this week is Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez, who won the Tour de Suisse last year but is only now making his first appearance of the season after a protracted comeback from a broken leg. He was 8th on the summit finish yesterday and was understandably pretty happy with that. Here's what he had to say. 

     

    Lopez shows signs of form at Tour de Suisse

     

  16. 152km remaining from 222km

    13:05:45 CEST

    We've covered more than 70 kilometres and the peloton is strung out, still all together. 

     

  17. 13:13:47 CEST

    Here we go, another group goes but this time they work up a decent advantage. This could be it...

  18. 13:14:37 CEST

    In there it's: Arman Kamyshev (Astana), Ben King (Dimension Data), Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal), Sam Bewley (Orica-Scott), Lars Petter Nordhaug (Aqua Blue Sport) and Jesper Asselman (Roompot).

     

  19. 140km remaining from 222km

    13:19:53 CEST

    That group has two minutes now, and rising, as the peloton finally eases up.

     

  20. 13:26:26 CEST

    BMC hit the front of the bunch as the race settles into a more familiar pattern. The lead of the six riders has grown to more than four minutes. 

     

  21. 13:29:46 CEST

    The riders are already nearing the foot of the Simplonpass, the major feature on today's stage profile. It's nothing to be sniffed at - 20 kilometres long with an average gradient of over 6%, and heading up to 2000m altitude. 

     

  22. 13:31:29 CEST

    How much of an advantage can the breakaway men carve out? Riders like Peter Sagan and Michael Matthews will be hoping to stay in contention in the aim of contesting stage honours later in the day. 

     

  23. 13:47:47 CEST

    The riders are on the Simplonpass, and the break has a lead of nearly six minutes.

     

  24. 13:59:04 CEST

    Trek and Sunweb come to the front of the bunch to help set the pace on the climb. Trek have Degenkolb and Sunweb have Matthews, both of whom can survive climbs and sprint at the end. 

     

  25. 14:07:04 CEST

    Kamyshev has been distanced from the breakaway, where Ben King is looking strong as he sets the pace.

     

  26. 14:21:27 CEST

    Kamyshev is dropped again, having made his way back to the break.

  27. 14:36:23 CEST

    The gap is down to below the five-minute mark now as the peloton make their way steadily up the climb. No big names dropped, as far as we can tell. 

  28. 14:39:22 CEST

    The breakaway riders are in the final few kilometres of the climb. Kamyshev is back in there. 

     

  29. 100km remaining from 222km

    14:47:47 CEST

    The six breakaway riders hit the top of the Simplonpass.

     

  30. 14:51:40 CEST

    Nordhaug collects maximum points at the top of the climb after a fiercely contested sprint. His Aqua Blue teammate Lasse Norman Hansen sits atop the mountains classification.

     

  31. 14:52:56 CEST

    The peloton comes over the top of the climb 3:50 in arrears. 

     

  32. 14:56:37 CEST

    Cookson says King's chances are strong, but the gap is only 3:50, with a long time for the teammates of Sagan, Matthews et al to bring the break back. There's a long descent now before another, shorter, categorised climb, but after that there are still over 50km to the line. 

     

  33. 15:09:17 CEST

    Geraint Thomas was second at the Tour de Suisse two years ago. He's not here this time out but will be riding the Route du Sud ahead of the Tour de France. After a crash wiped out his hopes at the Giro d'Italia, he has hit re-set and turned his focus to July. 

     

    You can hear from Thomas on his Giro disappointment, his hopes for the Tour, and his future as a Grand Tour rider, in this exclusive interview with Cyclingnews editor Daniel Benson.  

     

    Geraint Thomas: My Giro what ifs and bouncing back for the Tour de France

     

  34. 15:13:27 CEST

    The descent is a fast one, with long, straight stretches of roads rather than technical bends. Bewley punctures in the break but gets back on. 

     

  35. 15:14:22 CEST

    Katusha's Marco Haller pings off the front of the bunch for a brief period as the peloton charges down the descent. The gap to the break is down to just 2:30 now.

     

  36. 15:23:54 CEST

    The breakaway riders are nearing the foot of the descent. From there it's almost straight into the second categorised climb of the day - the third-cat hike to Druogno. 

     

  37. 15:26:56 CEST

    That's Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez, last year's overall winner, who has crashed hard. The Colombian can't catch a break.

     

  38. 162km remaining from 222km

    15:30:32 CEST

  39. 15:32:57 CEST

    The breakaway have 58km to go, just one little category 3 climb to get over, then a nice downhill or flat run to the finish. But Kamyshev just can't stop from swinging at the back - the gap yawns to his former breakaway companions and he seems to be distanced for good.

  40. 15:37:18 CEST

    Velon have provided some data on Ben King's power numbers while he's been on the attack today. Time: 1h30’45’’ // Speed: 49.7km/h // Power: 305W (Normalised: 315W) // 1 min peak power: 571W.

    He's clicking off around 4.5W/Kg, with a one minute peak around 8.4W/Kg. What does that mean? It means he's earned dessert at the dinner table tonight.

  41. 15:38:19 CEST

    Meanwhile, Trek-Segafredo are keeping the breakaway riders in check - the gap has fallen to 3:15 to the five riders up front.

  42. 15:40:12 CEST

    The peloton has passed into Italy, but there's no time to stop for passport controls. The chase is on!

  43. 15:42:26 CEST

    Ben King will be hoping that this breakaway sticks so he can have a chance to follow up on the performance of his compatriot Larry Warbasse. Unlike the Texan, King has had a couple of pro wins - a stage of the Criterium International and one in Tour of California - but he's never won at the WorldTour level. That could change today.

  44. 55km remaining from 222km

    15:45:08 CEST

    Back in the peloton, Kamyshev has been caught, and poor Miguel Lopez has been dropped out the back after his crash. 1km to go to the top of the climb for the breakaway.

  45. 15:48:44 CEST

    There is only one rider in the breakaway who has won a WorldTour race, Nordhaug - who won the GP Montréal in 2012. But he'll surely be itching to freshen up his palmares today.

  46. 15:52:21 CEST

    The details of North America's newest UCI race, the Colorado Classic, have been unveiled. Check out the stage information and maps in our news story:


    Colorado Classic releases route details for inaugural race

  47. 51km remaining from 222km

    15:53:56 CEST

    The pressure has been cranked up in the peloton, and they've slashed the lead of the breakaway to just 2:10, with 51km to go. The five riders up front must be feeling a great sense of urgency to hold their gap - it is going to be hard to hold onto.

  48. 16:02:28 CEST

    Miguel Angel Lopez has been taken to hospital for checks following his crash.

  49. 37km remaining from 222km

    16:06:53 CEST

    The five remaining breakaway riders are still making their way down this sinuous descent. They now have just 1:40 on the peloton, however. 

     

  50. 16:09:03 CEST

    UAE Team Emirates lead the peloton down the descent in full formation. They have Sacha Modolo as a potential winner of today's stage. 

     

  51. 31km remaining from 222km

    16:14:38 CEST

    The UAE charge brings the gap down to just 51 seconds now. The road continues to twist and turn on this gentle descent. 

  52. 16:18:46 CEST

    Nordhaug waves his arm in remonstration with a convoy of police motorbikes. Given the snaking nature of the roads, they can't get best the breakaway riders. Nordhaug is slightly off the back of the break and the motos nip in ahead of him, making for hairy moments when they have to slow for corners and Nordhaug tries to come back through. 

     

  53. 26km remaining from 222km

    16:20:15 CEST

    Nordhaug is back on as the heavens open and the rain starts to come down. 

     

  54. 16:22:31 CEST

    The peloton comes off the descent now and onto the flat. It's still a very large bunch but UAE are still hammering it on the front and the bunch is strung out here. 

  55. 16:22:43 CEST

    The rain is absolutely hammering it down now. 

     

  56. 16:24:35 CEST

    30 seconds for the five breakaway riders as the visibility deteriorates. There's an intermediate sprint coming up now. 

     

  57. 16:25:17 CEST

    Asselman skips away to take the sprint points. No one else is bothered. 

     

  58. 21km remaining from 222km

    16:26:05 CEST

    20 seconds now. Asselman continued his effort but the others are back with him. It won't be long before it's all together again. 

     

  59. 16:28:46 CEST

    The breakaway quintet look at each other and ask how long to drag it out for. As they look round they see the advancing peloton in the periphery. 15 seconds now. 

     

  60. 16:29:06 CEST

    Asselman and King forge on as Bewley, Wallays, and Nordhaug sit up. 

     

  61. 18km remaining from 222km

    16:30:08 CEST

    Trek-Segafredo take it up now for Degenkolb. 

     

  62. 16:31:24 CEST

    It's Trek, UAE, BMC in that order on the front of the peloton. 

     

  63. 16:32:20 CEST

    Asselman and King continue their effort, and they still have 16 seconds on the bunch, where the pace has eased slightly.

     

  64. 15km remaining from 222km

    16:33:52 CEST

    Lars Boom takes a flyer off the front of the bunch. 

     

  65. 16:35:51 CEST

    Philippe Gilbert drops back to the neutral service vehicle. There must be another group of riders dropped from the bunch some way behind, as the team cars are stuck behind. 

  66. 16:36:23 CEST

    Trek continue to lead the peloton but the breakaway duo have taken their lead back up to 30 seconds. Boom is somewhere in between. 

     

  67. 16:39:32 CEST

    There was a second intermediate sprint point there, and as well as sprint points, it also carried bonus seconds of 3, 2, and 1 for the first three riders across. After Asselman and King mopped up the first two, race leader Caurso skipped away from the peloton to increase his overall lead by a second. 

  68. 10.5km remaining from 222km

    16:39:53 CEST

    35 seconds is the gap now. Boom has been brought to heel. 

     

  69. 16:40:29 CEST

    Bora take a look at what Trek have been doing and decide more needs to be done. They hit the front for Sagan, with Matthews' Sunweb team also coming through. 

     

  70. 16:42:02 CEST

    King and Asselman are giving it everything, and collaborating well together. 30 seconds it is, with 9km remaining. 

     

  71. 16:42:43 CEST

    Bora continue to drive the peloton on. Unless there's a complete breakdown back there, this one's going to come back for a sprint. 

     

  72. 16:43:43 CEST

    Giro d'Italia Tom Dumoulin hits the front now for Sunweb. 16 seconds is the gap now. 

     

  73. 7km remaining from 222km

    16:45:00 CEST

    13 seconds as King and Asselman continue to trade turns. Bora take back over from Dumoulin. 

     

  74. 6km remaining from 222km

    16:46:17 CEST

    All together

     

    King and Asselman's adventure comes to an end. 6km to go and we're heading for a sprint finish. 

     

  75. 16:47:17 CEST

    Bora set up on the left. Orica on the right. Trek down the middle. 

     

  76. 4km remaining from 222km

    16:47:59 CEST

    The pace is really high now as the riders fight for position. 

     

  77. 16:48:17 CEST

    BMC are up there in the middle, looking after Caruso's yellow jersey. 

     

  78. 3km remaining from 222km

    16:49:30 CEST

    3km to go now, Bora still on the left, Sunweb now moving up on the right. 

     

  79. 16:49:49 CEST

    And now Quick-Step finally come to the fore, squeezing up on the left. 

     

  80. 16:50:10 CEST

    Quick-Step and Trek slugging it out now. 

     

  81. 2km remaining from 222km

    16:50:32 CEST

    2km to go. Quick-Step have Trentin and Gilbert. 

     

  82. 1.5km remaining from 222km

    16:51:08 CEST

    It's full gas as the riders take a left-hander over a bridge. Quick-Step lead. 

     

  83. 1km remaining from 222km

    16:51:25 CEST

    Flamme rouge

     

    Gilbert takes it up now. 

     

  84. 16:51:57 CEST

    Three QS, two Trek, two Sunweb, then Sagan. That's how it's ordered...

     

  85. 16:52:10 CEST

    Late attack from Sunweb

     

  86. 16:52:20 CEST

    Sagan tracks it and launches his sprint...

     

  87. 16:52:37 CEST

    Peter Sagan wins stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse by a country mile

     

  88. 16:53:10 CEST

    The world champion finally has his customary Tour de Suisse victory. 

     

  89. 16:53:24 CEST

    Michael Albasini was second, Matteo Trentin third. 

     

  90. 16:55:10 CEST

    Nikias Arndt threw in a surprise there with an early burst. Sagan jumped out left to get on his wheel and then surged clear with an incredible burst of speed. No one could get near him. 

     

  91. 16:58:52 CEST

    Replays show that as Sagan was coming past the Quick-Step lead-out, Trentin had to check and very nearly crashed. He came back well for third, but there was no living with Sagan there - the timing and the speed. 

     

  92. 17:00:59 CEST

    Sagan whipped out a new celebration for the cameras there, which my colleague Sadhbh O'Shea is describing as a 'hula dance'. Whatever it is, it'll be plastered all over social media soon and we'll have a picture of it from our finish-line photographer shortly. 

     

  93. 17:01:25 CEST

    Stage result

     

    1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 5:15:50
    2 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott
    3 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
    4 Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac
    5 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
    6 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
    7 Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
    8 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team
    9 Aaron Gate (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport
    10 Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky

     

  94. 17:02:14 CEST

    General classification after stage 5

    1 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 12:08:35
    2 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:16
    3 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:25
    4 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin
    5 Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:32
    6 Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:34
    7 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky 0:01:10
    8 Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:11
    9 Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:21
    10 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:38 

     

  95. 17:09:55 CEST

    Peter Sagan speaks

     

    "I'm very happy for this victory, because the team sacrificed everything today. We went all-in, and in the end I'm very happy. Thank you to all my teammates, it's very good for us. 

     

    "The first stage was a little bit of a mess in the end, there were a lot of attacks - a race without control. Then two days ago was a good finish but I did a big effort before the final on the climb, then maybe I missed a little bit. But today was very good for me, I was very concentrated. It was good day, there was a small shower in the end and I felt much better."

  96. 17:14:14 CEST

    Sagan (I'm ruling out a dab) now has 14 Tour de Suisse stage wins to his name, with at least one in each of the past seven editions. 

     

    The Slovak makes a double trip to the podium - one for the stage win and one to pull on the black jersey as the new leader of the points classification. 

     

  97. 17:25:45 CEST

    A sobering image here of the aftermath of Lopez's crash. The Colombian was put in a neck brace and taken to hospital. He has had no luck with crashes so far in his young career, and this is a further set-back in what was only his first race of the season. We'll have a full story later with an update on his condition. 

     

     

  98. 17:31:53 CEST

    A happier picture

     

     

  99. 17:33:01 CEST

    For full results, a report, and some photos (more to come), check out our stage 5 report page.

     

    Tour de Suisse: Sagan claims stage 5 in Cevio

     

  100. 17:45:47 CEST

    We shift back to the GC battle tomorrow with another tough GC day. Here's what's in store. 

     

  101. 17:47:40 CEST

    That's all from us today. I'll leave you with this shot of Sagan's celebration. 

     

     

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