Tour de Suisse 2019

June 15-23, Langnau, Switzerland, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Ostanek

 

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse.

 

Race hub
Stage 4: Viviani beats Matthews and Sagan to victory
Geraint Thomas escapes serious injury in Tour de Suisse crash
Egan Bernal: Geraint Thomas crash looked really scary
 

 

  1. 12:04:24 CEST

    We're about 20 minutes from the start of today's neutralised zone.

  2. 12:06:04 CEST

    Today's stage is the longest of the race so far at 177km.

     

  3. 12:10:23 CEST

    It looks like we'll be in for another sprint finish today, unless the breakaway makes it to the finish in Einsiedein.

     

  4. 12:15:04 CEST

    As was the case yesterday, there are second- and third-cat climbs on the run in, but the sprinters shouldn't have any problems dealing with them.

     

  5. 12:21:17 CEST

    The peloton roll out in five minutes.

     

  6. 12:26:41 CEST

    And they're off. A 7km neutralised zone awaits, before the racing gets going in 15 minutes.

     

  7. 12:32:53 CEST

    Of course, Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) won't be racing today. The Welshman crashed with 30km to go on yesterday's stage and was forced to abandon, though he didn't suffer any major injuries. Read the full story here.

     

    Andrey Zeits (Astana) went down in the same crah and also left the race. He suffered a complex fracture of his left collarbone as well as a superficial rib fracture.

     

  8. 12:34:10 CEST

    No other riders have failed to take the start today.

     

  9. 12:40:45 CEST

    And the race is on! The peloton leave the neutralised zone and get stage 5 underway.

     

  10. 12:44:33 CEST

    Here's some footage of the peloton rolling out today, from CCC Team's Twitter feed.

     

  11. 12:46:14 CEST

    As withe yesterday's stage, today sees all the climbs and sprints packed into the second half of the stage. The first of them, an intermediate sprint, comes 129km into the day.

     

  12. 12:49:56 CEST

    Four men are away early on. They are Bert-Jan Lindemann (Jumbo-Visma), Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ), Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) and Fabien Grellier (Total Direct Energie).

     

  13. 12:50:19 CEST

    The quartet are already 55 seconds up on the peloton.

     

  14. 12:50:50 CEST

    It's a pretty lumpy start to the stage, with a number of unclassified hills in the opening 40km.

     

  15. 12:57:59 CEST

    Lindeman has dropped back from the break.

     

  16. 13:00:10 CEST

    Kung is the best-placed man from the breakaway trio. He lies 25 seconds down on race leader Peter Sagan.

     

  17. 13:02:16 CEST

    Grellier was out in the break on stage 2, while Kung and Mohoric tried to get away numerous times in the final kilometres yesterday.

     

  18. 13:07:14 CEST

    It's a strong breakaway trio, but still it looks a big ask for them to stay away on today's stage. Maybe if it was a larger group...

     

  19. 13:10:56 CEST

    The gap is up to 1:20 now.

     

  20. 162km remaining from 177km

    13:13:40 CEST

    With 15km of the stage gone, it looks like the peloton are happy with the makeup of this group.

     

  21. 13:17:02 CEST

    Kung is the virtual leader on the road now.

     

  22. 13:22:42 CEST

    Here's our full report along with results and gallery from yesterday's stage 4. Italian champion Elia Viviani took the win, outkicking Michael Matthews and Peter Sagan in Arlesheim.

     

     

  23. 13:29:53 CEST

    Bora-Hansgrohe leads the peloton, unsurprisingly. Meanwhile, the break are now 2:40 up the road.

     

  24. 13:33:13 CEST

    Bora are, of course, working on behalf of race leader Sagan, who is seeking his 18th career stage win at the Tour de Suisse today.

     

  25. 13:39:45 CEST

    Here's our latest story on German sprinter Marcel Kittel, who is taking time away from the sport after terminating his contract with Katusha-Alpecin last month.

     

    Jumbo-Visma have emerged as the leading team to offer him a path back to the sport, possibly next season. Team DS Merijn Zeeman talks to Cyclingnews about the possibility.

     

     

  26. 13:44:25 CEST

    Here's a clip of the break out on the road, from the Tour de Suisse Twitter feed.

     

  27. 13:48:51 CEST

    The riders have covered almost 40km in the opening hour, which is pretty quick considering the hilly terrain traversed so far.

     

  28. 13:49:58 CEST

    The breakaway are 2:50 up on the peloton now.

     

  29. 13:57:40 CEST

    Of the three breakaway riders, Mohoric has had the most successful season so far. He finished second at the Slovenian National TT Championships, third at the GP Lugano, fifth at Milan-San Remo, and ninth at Gent-Wevelgem. The 24-year-old is still looking for that elusive victory, though.

     

  30. 14:03:10 CEST

    Kung already has two wins to his name this season – stage 2 of the Tour de Romandie, where he won from the break, and stage 3 at the Volta ao Algarve, a short individual time trial.

     

  31. 14:05:15 CEST

    Fabien Grellier's biggest moment of the year came at the Tour of Oman. The Frenchman was caught by race winner Alexey Lutsenko just 100 metres short of the finish atop Green Mountain, eventually finishing in second place on the stage.

     

  32. 120km remaining from 177km

    14:11:56 CEST

    120km to go on the stage. No change in the situation.

     

  33. 14:18:23 CEST

    It's all rolling roads now, until the riders hit the second category climb to Sattel after 125km.

     

  34. 14:23:53 CEST

    Eurosport commentator Brian Smith takes a look at today's finish. It's uphill for the final 400 metres, which are on Swiss cobbles (i.e. far from the rough cobbles of Belgian or northern France). He tips Sagan to take victory.

     

  35. 112km remaining from 177km

    14:29:40 CEST

    After 65km of racing, Bora have the break under control, 2:25 up the road.

     

  36. 14:39:02 CEST

    In case you missed it, here's Team Ineos' Egan Bernal's reaction to Geraint Thomas crashing out of the race yesterday. The young Colombian is the new #1 for Ineos here, and will look to make an impact in the mountains over the next two days.

     

     

  37. 99km remaining from 177km

    14:47:30 CEST

    The break are in the final 100km of the stage now. They covered the first two hours at an average of 39kph.

     

  38. 14:52:17 CEST

    There's some suggestions going around that the final stage of the race will have to be altered, as the Sustenpass isn't yet clear for racing after a long winter. This has yet to be confirmed by race organisers, however. Take a look at the stage 9 profile below.

     

     

  39. 14:54:54 CEST

    Team Ineos are up at the front of the peloton along with Bora now.

     

  40. 14:59:42 CEST

    The break are around halfway through today's stage.

     

  41. 15:05:07 CEST

    There's still a decent portion of valley roads to traverse before they hit the second-category climb.

     

  42. 15:09:04 CEST

    Bora-Hansgrohe are still controlling the time gap, which remains at 2:50.

     

  43. 82km remaining from 177km

    15:11:42 CEST

    The riders have just passed through the town of Hochdorf, almost 100km into the stage.

     

  44. 15:17:13 CEST

    The break are 30km from the start of the climb to Sattel.

     

  45. 15:21:40 CEST

    The gap is dropping a little now. The break have an advantage of 2:10 over the peloton.

     

  46. 75km remaining from 177km

    15:27:08 CEST

    75km left to race now as the break approaches the first climb of the day.

     

  47. 15:30:58 CEST

    The break's advantage is down to 1:50 now.

     

  48. 15:36:22 CEST

    The riders have raced to the fastest timetable so far, at an average of 40kph.

     

  49. 15:44:36 CEST

    Trek-Segafredo and Team Sunweb work at the front of the peloton. They're working for sprinters John Degenkolb and Michael Matthews, who should have a good chance on today's uphill sprint finish.

     

  50. 15:50:28 CEST

    The break's advantage is down to 1:25 as they approach the climb.

     

  51. 47km remaining from 177km

    15:53:02 CEST

    Live pictures begin, and with 47km to go the break actually have 1:35 on the peloton.

     

  52. 15:58:28 CEST

    The break are still working together at this point.

     

  53. 41km remaining from 177km

    16:04:31 CEST

    1:45 for the break now as they hit the climb. Kung led Grellier and Mohoric over the intermediate sprint.

     

  54. 16:07:01 CEST

    Bora, Sunweb and Trek lead the way in the peloton.

     

  55. 38km remaining from 177km

    16:09:07 CEST

    Mohoric pushes on, leaving Kung and Grellier behind.

     

  56. 16:12:07 CEST

    it's Kung chasing Mohoric while Grellier is some way further back.

     

  57. 16:13:29 CEST

    Mohoric is 1:50 up on the peloton now.

     

  58. 16:14:15 CEST

    The climb is 13km long at an average of 3.6% so not exactly a leg breaker.

     

  59. 32km remaining from 177km

    16:20:15 CEST

    Mohoric is still leading solo. Kung hasn't been able to make up the gap.

     

  60. 28km remaining from 177km

    16:24:39 CEST

    Mohoric leads over the KOM point. With Kung and Grellier back in the peloton it's Gavin Mannion (Rally UHC) and KOM leader Claudio Imhof (Switzerland) sweeping up a few extra points ahead of the Bora-led peloton.

     

  61. 16:27:23 CEST

    If you're keeping an eye on the U23 Giro d'Italia you won't be shocked to hear that Colombia have once again dominated today. Race leader Andres Camilo Ardila won again, this time atop Passo Maniva. The next three places were all taken by Colombian riders. Tomorrow sees the peloton tackle the Passo di Mortirolo twice!

     

  62. 16:28:43 CEST

    Mohoric is about to take on the third-category climb at Einsiedeim. It's 1.2km long at 5.8%. One minute back to the peloton.

     

  63. 24km remaining from 177km

    16:30:45 CEST

    Mohoric collects the points over the top.

     

  64. 16:32:17 CEST

    Michael Schär goes down at the side of the peloton. Sagan moved across and accidentally touched Schär's front wheel. The CCC rider is helped by a spectator and is back up and running quickly.

     

  65. 16:33:17 CEST

    Just 45 seconds for Mohoric now.

     

  66. 20.5km remaining from 177km

    16:34:33 CEST

    Mohoric passes through the finish line. There's just over 20km to go for him.

     

  67. 16:38:16 CEST

    The peloton is closing in now – Mohoric is 30 seconds up the road.

  68. 16.5km remaining from 177km

    16:40:01 CEST

    He's riding in a time trial position with his arms draped over the bars, and passes through the final intermediate sprint. Further back, Matthews takes two bonus seconds.

     

  69. 15km remaining from 177km

    16:41:25 CEST

    15 seconds for Mohoric now. His time is almost up.

     

  70. 16:43:13 CEST

    The peloton make the catch. Bora and Sunweb are up front.

     

  71. 12km remaining from 177km

    16:45:23 CEST

    The pace is very high in the peloton now. Hard to imagine anybody getting away and staying away here.

     

  72. 16:46:38 CEST

    UAE, Bora, Total, Ineos and Sunweb all have mini-trains up front.

     

  73. 7.5km remaining from 177km

    16:51:27 CEST

    It's just a matter of waiting for the sprint at this point, and keeping an eye on which team assembles the best lead-out at the ideal time.

     

  74. 5km remaining from 177km

    16:53:36 CEST

    The peloton hit the final 5km of the stage.

     

  75. 16:54:25 CEST

    They're flying along at over 60kph.

     

  76. 3.5km remaining from 177km

    16:55:22 CEST

    Bora and Sunweb control the peloton.

     

  77. 16:55:51 CEST

    No one team is totally organised up front.

     

  78. 3km remaining from 177km

    16:56:14 CEST

    Ineos come to the front, leading Bernal. They're alongside Sunweb.

     

  79. 16:56:40 CEST

    It seems like they're just keeping Bernal safe here, even within the final 3km.

     

  80. 16:57:10 CEST

    The finish is uphill and on those cobblestones, remember.

     

  81. 1km remaining from 177km

    16:57:35 CEST

    Deceuninck-QuickStep take to the front into the final kilometre. The entire team is there.

     

  82. 16:57:48 CEST

    Sagan is riding the QuickStep train once again.

     

  83. 16:58:14 CEST

    Lampaert hits the front, then peels off for Morkov.

     

  84. 16:58:28 CEST

    Sagan sits on Trentin, who is behind Viviani and Richeze.

     

  85. 16:58:52 CEST

    Viviani opens the sprint as Trentin peels off around the final corner for some reason.

     

  86. 16:59:11 CEST

    Sagan follows but he can't get around Viviani.

     

    Another win for the Italian!

     

  87. 16:59:40 CEST

    The black jersey beats the yellow jersey to the stage win. Eight in 2019 now for Viviani.

     

  88. 17:01:23 CEST

    It was Richeze dropping back not Trentin, apologies. It looks like Jasper Stuyven took third.

     

  89. 17:02:18 CEST

    Here's a shot of Viviani crossing the line.

     

     

  90. 17:04:08 CEST

    A great run to the finish for QuickStep. They took to the front at around 1.5km to go, and judged the run-in to perfection with their multi-coloured leadout of best young rider Asgreen, Belgian champion Lampaert, Danish champion Mørkøv, Argentine champion Richeze and black jersey Viviani.

     

  91. 17:13:05 CEST

    Viviani after the finish:

     

     

    "It's good to win again here. The guys did an amazing job again. When they do a leadout like that they make my life really easy.

    "We weren't sure [about the finish], so that was why you didn't see us in the front to pull earlier. When we passed through the finish line for the first time, we understood it would be a hard one, but with the best leadout you can make a difference, and that was the winning move.

    "I'm ready [for the Tour], so I need to manage the next two weeks after Tour de Suisse and arrive there with the best shape I can. We are in the right way, we're really happy to get this big confidence for the Tour. We'll try to enjoy today's and yesterday's win and then we focus on the Tour. It's a lot of suffering in the next few days but I think it's good for the legs and for the shape."

     

  92. 17:14:23 CEST

    Sagan holds on to the race lead and the points classification lead. Claudio Imhof and Kasper Asgreen keep the mountain and young rider jerseys too.

     

  93. 17:15:17 CEST

    Stage result

     

    1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 4:18:26
    2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
    3 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
    4 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
    5 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
    6 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
    7 Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Switzerland
    8 Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal
    9 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
    10 Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team

     

    General classification after stage 5

     

    1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 15:55:48
    2 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:00:14
    3 Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:21
    4 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:22
    5 Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First 0:00:27
    6 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:38
    7 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:39
    8 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team Ineos 0:00:40
    9 Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team
    10 Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team

  94. 17:22:18 CEST

    Here's a look at tomorrow's stage, which should shake up the race in a big way. Expect the climbers to come to the fore on the first summit finish of the race.

     

     

  95. 17:29:23 CEST

    Deceuninck-QuickStep are on 39 wins for the season after today's stage. They have Enric Mas leading their GC challenge this week. Number 40 tomorrow?

     

    Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) is the favourite for the win, while various others are in with a shot too, including Hugh Carthy (EF Education First), Luis León Sánchez (Astana) and Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin).

     

  96. 17:31:58 CEST

    Click here for a brief report and results from today's stage. The full report will be up shortly.

     

  97. 17:34:47 CEST

    That's all for our live coverage of stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse. Be sure to tune in tomorrow for more from stage 6!

     

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