Tour de Suisse 2018

June 9-17, Frauenfeld (TTT), Frauenfeld, Road - WorldTour

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  1. 13:12:16 CEST

    Good afternoon and welcome to coverage of stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse. The mountains have arrived and the riders are due to set off in less than five minutes for a day that is expected to shake up the GC.  

  2. 13:17:18 CEST

    We have at least one non-starter today in Filippo Ganna, who hurt his shoulder in a late crash yesterday. The UAE rider was one of several to hit the deck on the slippery roads. 

  3. 13:21:40 CEST

    The riders are currently making their way through the neutral zone and we will have racing proper in a few short moments. 

     

  4. 13:25:41 CEST

    The peloton will begin climbing immediately with the Col du Pillon up first. We have two further climbs at the end of the day. For a full look at what to expect today, take a look at Daniel Benson's preview, here.

     

  5. 13:28:11 CEST

    This is what it looked like at the top of the standings at the moment. 

     

    1 Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team 13:26:19
    2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:03
    3 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team
    4 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
    5 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:16
    6 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:00:17
    7 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:00:23
    8 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb
    9 Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:30
    10 Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors

     

  6. 13:34:09 CEST

    There have been a string of attacks off the front in the opening few kilometres of the stage but nothing has stuck just yet. 

     

  7. 13:38:47 CEST

    After two days of pretty heavy rain, it is cold but dry out there. We could still get some rain before the end of the day, however. 

  8. 138km remaining from 155km

    13:44:21 CEST

    A large group of riders including yesterday's winner Chris Juul-Jensen, and a stage winner from last year in Larry Warbasse has been brought to heel. Michael Matthews was also reportedly in the 15-man group. It is still all together for the peloton, for now. 

     

  9. 13:48:39 CEST

    The riders are closing in on the top of the first climb. Here is a look at the descent of the Col du Pillon, courtesy of the race organisation. 

     

  10. 13:51:17 CEST

    Romain Sicard takes the points at the KOM as another move of 14 riders attempts to break clear. 

     

  11. 13:55:40 CEST

    Filippo Zaccanti currently leads the mountains classification after mopping up points on the first two road stages. Will he be in the breakaway again today?

     

    1 Filippo Zaccanti (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini 17 pts
    2 Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie 12
    3 Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 8
    4 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott 7
    5 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie 6
    6 Calvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport 6
    7 Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 4
    8 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb 3
    9 Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct Energie 3
    10 Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe 3

     

  12. 13:58:49 CEST

    That 14-man move I spoke of earlier has also come to nought as the riders descend the Col du Pillon. It has been a very fast start to the day thus far. 

     

  13. 14:04:31 CEST

    While the break did not succeed, Nans Peters was able to grab a few points as he crossed the KOM just behind Sicard. Peters claimed 8 points, to bring his tally to 16 and he is now just one point behind Zaccanti in the standings. 

     

  14. 14:10:48 CEST

    Andre Greipel hasn't had a great Tour de Suisse so far. The German will be hoping for a bit more success towards the end of the race, ahead of the Tour de France and as he negotiates a new contract with Lotto Soudal. It has been reported that a one-year contract has been put on the table for Greipel but the team says that it is a two-year deal that has been offered. Meanwhile, it looks like the team could be set to sign Greipel's rival Caleb Ewan. For more on the matter, read this update from Daniel Benson

     

  15. 14:15:26 CEST

    Marcus Burghardt hits the bottom of the descent with a slim 14-second lead over the peloton. More riders are trying to get across to the German. Can he make this move stick? He's got the power to do so. 

     

  16. 14:18:24 CEST

    It seems that Burghardt has been brought back. The riders have been racing for almost an hour with no breakaway managing to form. The high pace has taken a high toll on some with Zaccanti and fellow stage 1 and 2 escapee Calvin watson have been shown the back door. 

     

  17. 14:22:05 CEST

    EF Education First reporting a tailwind in the valley. The bunch is strung out under the heavy pace while more and more riders have a go at getting off the front of the peloton. 

     

  18. 14:28:38 CEST

    Live timing is reporting Ion Izagirre as one of the dropped riders after that first climb. Though, timing does not show any teammates back to help him. If it's true, that's a blow to the Bahrain-Merida team. He started the day just 39 seconds back. However, he does have time to get back onto the bunch. 

     

  19. 14:30:52 CEST

    Jasper Stuyven and Daniel Oss briefly get the Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne band back together as they try to attack.

     

  20. 14:33:44 CEST

    Stuyven and Oss only have a small gap of 15 seconds. They have Dillier with them. The Swiss champion was in the breakaway yesterday but was dropped on the final climb. 

     

  21. 14:38:13 CEST

    Larry Warbasse is now trying to bridge the gap to the trio, who are making some serious ground on the bunch now. 

  22. 88km remaining from 155km

    14:43:48 CEST

    Willie Smit and Paul Ourselin are with Warbasse chasing down the three up front, who now have 1:14 on the peloton. 

     

  23. 14:48:01 CEST

    Velon is doing the live data at the Tour de Suisse, as they have been for the past few years, and they clocked Marcus Burghardt topping out at a zippy 91.8kph on the descent of the Col du Pillon. 

     

  24. 14:53:27 CEST

    Like the Spice Girls say, when two become one. The front two groups have joined forces at the head of the race. They now hold a three-minute gap on the peloton. 

     

  25. 15:04:43 CEST

    Larry Warbasse, of course, took an emotional stage win at last year's Tour de Suisse. He soloed to victory in Villars-sur-Ollon, claiming the first win of his professional career. You can relive the day here

     

  26. 15:06:48 CEST

    A puncture for Gorka Izagirre. Meanwhile, his brother has been flagged up as having no signal on his GPS so that earlier report that he had been dropped was probably erroneous. 

     

  27. 15:11:22 CEST

    Over in the UK, the opening stage of the Women's Tour has just come to a close. I won't spoil the result for you, but you can find the results here. We will have a full report soon, plus reaction. 

     

  28. 58km remaining from 155km

    15:12:46 CEST

    Gorka Izagirre has made it back to the peloton in plenty of time for today's finale. With just under 60km to go, they are fast approaching the climb to Montana Village. 

     

  29. 15:16:39 CEST

    The gap to the six escapees remains at just over three minutes. It has been a very fast day out there, thanks to the length of time it took for the break to go clear, and the riders are currently 15 minutes ahead of the fastest predicted schedule. 

     

  30. 15:23:11 CEST

    BMC Racing currently hold a monopoly on the top four spots in the general classification with Stefan Kung leading ahead of Greg Van Avermaet, Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen. The latter, Van Garderen, says that the team effort will be behind Porte at the Tour de Suisse and the forthcoming Tour de France. Read the American's comments here.

     

  31. 15:26:27 CEST

    Despite a climb to start the day, the average speed over the first two hours was an eye-watering 49kph. This was helped by the tailwind in the valley. 

     

  32. 15:29:09 CEST

    The leaders are just about to start the Montana Village climb, having dispatched with the intermediate sprint. Jasper Stuyven took the points there, ahead of Silvan Dillier and Paul Ourselin. 

     

  33. 15:33:54 CEST

    None of the riders in the breakaway is a threat to the current leader of the points classification, Peter Sagan. His consistency so far this week puts him firmly at the top of those standings for now. 

     

  34. 15:38:18 CEST

    The riders on the second climb of the day.

     

  35. 15:40:04 CEST

    Race leader Stefan Kung has suffered a puncture in the bunch. Meanwhile, Dilier, Stuyven and Ourselin are being distanced as the peloton reduces the gap to the breakaway to 2:10. 

     

  36. 15:42:21 CEST

    As Oursellin is distanced, his teammates Sicard and Calmajane are having a punt off the front of the peloton. Sicard was in one of the failed moves over the top of the first climb. 

     

  37. 41km remaining from 155km

    15:44:19 CEST

    It looks like Warbasse is going it along at the moment. He has a 300-metre gap on Oss. 

     

  38. 15:44:53 CEST

    Meanwhile, Kung has made it back into the peloton after his puncture. 

     

  39. 15:48:42 CEST

    More riders trying to jump across the gap, including Omar Fraile.

     

  40. 15:50:45 CEST

    Movistar's Victor de la Parte is another of the riders trying to chase down the lone Warbasse. 

     

  41. 15:52:38 CEST

    A wry smile from Warbasse as he makes his way down the descent. He probably didn't intend on going it alone this far out. He's got two minutes on the Fraile group and 2:23 on the peloton. 

     

  42. 37km remaining from 155km

    15:54:58 CEST

    BMC Racing are working on the front with Astana just behind them in the peloton. The pace is not that high at the moment and the reduced bunch looks relatively compact. 

     

  43. 15:56:57 CEST

    The Fraile chasing group has swept up Stuyven, who was one of the earlier riders dropped from the breakaway. 

     

  44. 15:59:41 CEST

    We have a time gap on Ourselin, who is the second rider on the road. Warbasse is 52 seconds ahead of the Frenchman as Oss and Dillier are about to be caught by the group behind them. 

     

  45. 16:01:24 CEST

    After a couple of short descents, Warbasse climbs again and takes the KOM. 

     

  46. 16:03:25 CEST

    The main chasing group (group three) is 1:54 behind Warbasse while the peloton is at 2:10. Warbasse started the day 3:48 down so the bunch will want to keep him relatively close. 

     

  47. 30km remaining from 155km

    16:06:07 CEST

    Warbasse is holding firm at the front for now. He's actually taking a bit of time on the chasing group on the descent. He still has one more climb to come though. 

     

  48. 16:10:00 CEST

    A few potential hazards on the descent with some road works to the side of the road. The riders make it through unscathed. 

     

  49. 16:13:02 CEST

    Warbasse is into the valley ahead of the final climb and his lead has now been cut down. The main chasing group is just 1:30 behind while the peloton is now 1:50 back. Can he hold onto the finish? It's going to be hard. 

  50. 16:14:41 CEST

    It looks like it is Smit that is the first chaser behind Warbasse and not Ourselin. It is not yet clear where on earth Ourselin is. There have been no updates on him from race radio since the Montana Village climb. 

     

  51. 20km remaining from 155km

    16:16:51 CEST

    Warbasse passes through the intermediate sprint but that's not of any concern to him. He is focussed on the finish line. He's losing time to the riders behind with group three at 1:21 while the peloton is 1:38. 

     

  52. 16:18:39 CEST

    Warbasse begins the final climb of the day with just a minute on the chasers. He's looking relaxed with his forearms resting on the handlebars. Meanwhile, Dillier has been dropped and is now back with the peloton. 

     

  53. 16:19:43 CEST

    Smit has also been mopped up by the Fraile group. It's just Warbasse ahead now. 

     

  54. 16:20:09 CEST

    Sicard is turning himself inside out in the chasing group. He peels off and Calmajane attacks. 

     

  55. 16:21:06 CEST

    Calmajane, of course, took an impressive stage win at the Tour de France last year. He's got a couple o wins in the pocket this year also. 

     

  56. 16:21:41 CEST

    Following Calmajane's attack, the chasing group has fractured and riders are gradually being brought back by the peloton.

     

  57. 16:23:14 CEST

    The cars are moving out of the gap behind Warbasse as the gap to Calmajane drops to just over 30 seconds. The Direct Energie rider is closing in on him, while De La Parte is not much further back down the road. The rest of the escape has been caught by the peloton. 

     

  58. 16:24:30 CEST

    Still plenty of BMC riders on the front of the peloton. De Marchi is pulling at the moment with Van Avermaet, Van Garderen, Porte and Kung in his wheel. 

     

  59. 16km remaining from 155km

    16:25:14 CEST

    Calmajane just 15 seconds behind Warbasse now and the catch seems inevitable. The peloton is now 51 seconds back. 

     

  60. 16:25:57 CEST

    Calmajane started the day just 1:19 behind the race leader so he can make some serious ground in the GC if he can stay away. 

     

  61. 16:26:46 CEST

    De la Parte has been caught by the peloton, just Warbasse and Calmajane left up front. 

     

  62. 16:28:17 CEST

    Riders from Bora, Sunweb and Mitchelton-Scott moving up towards the front of the peloton. Meanwhile, Calmajane has caught Warbasse. 

     

  63. 16:28:54 CEST

    Calmajane is a stronger climber and it is going to be hard for Warbasse to hold onto Calmajane.

     

  64. 12km remaining from 155km

    16:30:23 CEST

    As was expected, Calmajane drops Warbasse in quick order. The American accepts his fate with no real fight. He's been putting in a huge effort over the last few kilometres. 

     

  65. 16:33:07 CEST

    Calmajane's lead is still very slim. The Frenchman has just 30 seconds on the dwindling bunch. 

     

  66. 16:34:58 CEST

    Warbasse flashes the peloton a smile as they bring him back. Van Avermaet has now taking up the pace setting from De Marchi. 

     

  67. 16:37:23 CEST

    Only about 30-40 riders remaining in the peloton . The gradient is not overly steep at this moment but the pace is high. Movistar and AG2R La Mondiale are moving up the bunch and sit just behind BMC. 

     

  68. 16:39:59 CEST

    Calmajane's gap is just 17 seconds now with eight kilometres still to go. There are some steeper gradients to come before the road levels out a bit before the finish line. It is going to be tough for Calmajane to hold on when the other GC contenders begin attaching, which we can expect them to do. 

  69. 16:41:29 CEST

    Calmajane looks over his shoulder and he can see Greg Van Avermaet closing him down. Just a few metres separate him from the peloton. 

     

  70. 16:43:05 CEST

    Attacks. Hugh Carthy has gone off the front with Mathias Frank.

     

  71. 16:43:47 CEST

    Sorry, it is Francois Bidard, not Mathias Frank. 

     

  72. 16:44:13 CEST

    And Landa attacks!

     

  73. 16:45:05 CEST

    Van Avermaet has pulled off and so too has the yellow jersey of Kung. This is too much for the Siwss rider. Van Garderen now sets the pace for Porte. 

     

  74. 16:46:11 CEST

    Landa has caught up with Bidard and Carthy. They have 14 seconds on the Porte group. 

     

  75. 16:46:12 CEST

    Landa has caught up with Bidard and Carthy. They have 14 seconds on the Porte group. 

     

  76. 16:47:02 CEST

    Landa pushes on and takes Carthy with him Bidard has pulled the parachute. 

     

  77. 16:47:47 CEST

    Bidard is brought back by the peloton. 

     

  78. 16:48:24 CEST

    Movistar can afford to play this tactic with two leaders in this race. Nairo Quintana is sitting comfortably in the bunch close to Porte. 

     

  79. 16:49:50 CEST

    Quintana takes up the pace setting briefly and Astana move up to the front too. Van Garderen is done for the day and it's up to Porte to help himself. Amidst this Kruijswijk tries a couple of attacks. 

     

  80. 16:50:22 CEST

    Landa has now dropped Carthy, who is caught by the chasers, and is now alone. 

     

  81. 16:51:20 CEST

    Landa's advantage is slim. On some of the longer stratches of road he can see the pack behind him as Hansen sets a pace fr Fuglsang. 

     

  82. 2km remaining from 155km

    16:53:13 CEST

    It looks like all the main GC contenders are in this chasing group. Landa maintains a 15-second lead over them with two kilometres to go. 

     

  83. 16:53:50 CEST

    Hansen has gone bang and now it is Padun that moves to the front with Ion Izagirre in his wheel. 

     

  84. 1km remaining from 155km

    16:55:11 CEST

    Landa is pushing on and holds the gap with a cease fire in the main group. How long will that last? Just one kilometre to go. 

     

  85. 16:55:49 CEST

    Attack from AG2R La Mondiale.

     

  86. 16:56:22 CEST

    Landa is on his knees, metaphorically, and he's being closed down. The AG2R rider has been brought back. 

     

  87. 16:56:30 CEST

    Ulissi is looming behind him. 

     

  88. 16:56:40 CEST

    Landa is caught and Ulissi attacks

     

  89. 16:56:52 CEST

    Mas is on his wheel

     

  90. 16:57:07 CEST

    Ulissi wins, Mas is second and it looks like Anton in third. 

     

  91. 16:58:08 CEST

    Ulissi hid in the bunch all the way up that climb and only put his nose in the wind when he got a wiff of the finish line. Mas did his best to track him down but Ulissi was always going to take that on that sort of finish. 

     

  92. 16:59:06 CEST

    We await Stefan Kung, who is still making his way up the climb. 

     

  93. 17:00:18 CEST

    Kung finishes the stage pver three minutes down. He put in a valiant effort today but that last climb was a bridge too far for the Swiss man. 

     

  94. 17:02:54 CEST

    A quick look at the top 10 and a solid effort from Wilco Kelderman to take fourth. He missed three months of racing after breaking his collarbone at Tirreno-Adriatico. This is his first race back and he seems to be going well. 

     

  95. 17:03:41 CEST

    Here is the top 10 from the stage. Note that the Dimension Data rider in third was Tom-Jelte Slagter.

     

    1 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 03:37:31
    2 Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors
    3 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data
    4 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb
    5 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
    6 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin
    7 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
    8 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team
    9 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb
    10 Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal

     

  96. 17:06:06 CEST

    Richie Porte has now moved into the overall lead with a 20-second lead over Wilco Kelderman and Sam Ooman of Team Sunweb. Enric Mas is just one second off the podium places in fourth place. 

     

  97. 17:08:05 CEST

    This is a very different looking top 10 overall.

    1 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 17:03:53
    2 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb 00:00:20
    3 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb
    4 Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors 00:00:21
    5 Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 00:00:29
    6 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 00:00:33
    7 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida 00:00:36
    8 Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 00:00:40
    9 Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin 00:00:46
    10 Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team 00:00:47

     

  98. 17:10:46 CEST

    This is what Ulissi had to say after his victory today. 

     

    "It means a lot. The Tour de Suisse is a very important race. I came out of the Giro in good form and I stayed focused because I knew there were stages here suited to me. Today was one of them and I’ m really very happy to have won

     

    "I have very good sensations in the climbs and I go well in the time trials, so yes, my aim is to do a good GC and stay concentrated until Sunday."

     

  99. 17:14:18 CEST

    Diego Ulissi got a big cheese for his efforts today. If that isn't an incentive to win I don't know what is. 

     

  100. 17:16:59 CEST

    Riders still coming over the line. Joe Dombrowski comes over the line with Mitchelton-Scott duo Michael Albasini and Sam Bewley. Owain Doull looks to be in that group too. 

     

  101. 17:19:09 CEST

    Romain Sicard steps onto the podium to collect the mountains competition with a giant bear handing him another giant bear. Sicard took the points on the first climb and took a few more on the second. He's got a two-point lead over Warbasse with Zaccanti now down in third. 

     

  102. 17:22:30 CEST

    The gruppetto crosses the line 24 minutes down, saving their legs for another day. Peter Sagan is among them and he looks fairly relaxed as he necks a drink before heading towards the podium to be awarded the black points jersey. 

     

  103. 17:27:28 CEST

    Larry Warbasse did get some recognition for his efforts today and was awarded the most aggressive rider prize for the stage. That will be some consolation.

     

  104. 17:36:11 CEST

    It's worth noting that even though the bunch did slow a little bit in the final part of today's stage, they still finished about 10 minutes ahead of the fastest predicted schedule. It was a fast day out there and that could be telling in tomorrow's big mountain stage. 

     

  105. 17:45:44 CEST

    For a report, results and photos from today's stage, head over here

    Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) wins stage 5 at the Tour de Suisse

     

  106. 17:56:25 CEST

    And here is Richie Porte putting on his new yellow jersey. He has just 20 seconds on Kelderman behind him. 

    Richie Porte pulls on the Tour de Suisse leader's jersey after stage 5

     

  107. 18:06:46 CEST

    That's it from our live coverage today. Tune in tomorrow for live coverage of stage 6 as the riders head from Fiesch to Gommiswald.

     

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