Rast wins from break in Meilen

Gregory Rast (RadioShack-Leopard) won the sixth stage of the Tour de Suisse, bringing in another Swiss victory. He was one of four members of an escape group which had built up an enormous lead. Second place went to Mathew Hayman (Sky), and third to Alexandre Kolobnev (Katusha), with no honours place left for Bert Grabsch (Omega Pharma-QuickStep).

The quartet had gotten away 30km into the stage and built up a lead of over 14 minutes at times.

Rast jumped under the 1km marker, and was able to get away, after Grabsch had tried a number of times to do so. His jump was enough that the others didn't bother to seriously follow. Kolobnev and Hayman fought for the seocnd place, a few seconds later, while Grabsch just rolled in.

“It is a big victory for me,” Rast said after the stage. “I have ridden the Tour de Suisse 10 years, this is near my home and so it is very big for me.”

The peloton had taken it easy on the day, and rolled across the finish line 10:43 down, with Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) dueling for the honour of winning the field sprint.

There were no changes at the top of the GC, as Mathias Frank (BMC) successfully defended his lead over Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff) and Rui Costa (Movistar).

How it happened

The race started out with a crash in the first three kilometers, and one of its victims was Heinrich Haussler (IAM), who dropped out later in the stage. The day looked to be made for an escape group, and many tried to form that group.

It took 30 kilometers before a group was successful. Mathew Hayman (Sky), Alexander Kolobnev (Katusha), Gregory Rast (RadioShack-Leopard) and Bert Grabsch (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) were the lucky ones, and not only did the peloton let them go, it let go a long way.

The gap grew and grew, reaching 12 minutes with 100 kilometres to go, climbing to 14 minutes shortly after the first climb. The peloton could afford to let them go, as Rast was the best-ranked of the group, more than 25 minutes down.

Once the gap started growing so early so fast, it became fairly obvious that the peloton was willing to let this group do as it wanted.

The breakaway riders hung together the whole way, not competing for the two mountain rankings nor the two intermediate sprints. With 4km to go, though, former time trial world champion Grabsch was the first to give it a try, opening the cat-and-mouse games.The other three knew better than to let the powerful German get away, and thwarted his repeated efforts.

Kolobnev and Hayman were the better sprinters, and so Rast took his chance as he crossed under the flamme rouge. He quickly built up enough of a lead that his victory was assured.

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Full Results
1Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack Leopard4:23:53
2Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling0:00:25
3Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) KatushaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:28
5Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:10:43
6John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 5 - Cell 2
7Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJRow 6 - Cell 2
8Ben Swift (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 9 - Cell 2
11Alexander Kristoff (Nor) KatushaRow 10 - Cell 2
12Cyril Lemoine (Fra) SojasunRow 11 - Cell 2
13Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 12 - Cell 2
14Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 14 - Cell 2
16Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Maarten Neyens (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 16 - Cell 2
18Aidis Kruopis (Ltu) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 17 - Cell 2
19Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 18 - Cell 2
20Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 23 - Cell 2
25Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky ProcyclingRow 25 - Cell 2
27Vladimir Gusev (Rus) KatushaRow 26 - Cell 2
28Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Movistar TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 28 - Cell 2
30Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 29 - Cell 2
31Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 30 - Cell 2
32Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 31 - Cell 2
33Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 32 - Cell 2
34Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Edward King (USA) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 34 - Cell 2
36William Bonnet (Fra) FDJRow 35 - Cell 2
37Mickaël Chérel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 36 - Cell 2
38Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 37 - Cell 2
39Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack LeopardRow 38 - Cell 2
40Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Team Saxo TinkoffRow 39 - Cell 2
41Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 41 - Cell 2
43Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 42 - Cell 2
44Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 43 - Cell 2
45Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Brice Feillu (Fra) SojasunRow 46 - Cell 2
48Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-SharpRow 48 - Cell 2
50Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 49 - Cell 2
51Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 50 - Cell 2
52Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJRow 51 - Cell 2
53Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJRow 52 - Cell 2
54Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJRow 53 - Cell 2
55Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 54 - Cell 2
56Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 55 - Cell 2
57Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 56 - Cell 2
58Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 57 - Cell 2
59José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 59 - Cell 2
61Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 60 - Cell 2
62Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) IAM CyclingRow 61 - Cell 2
63Luca Wackermann (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 62 - Cell 2
64Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 63 - Cell 2
65Thomas Leezer (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Jonas Ahlstrand (Swe) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 65 - Cell 2
67Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 66 - Cell 2
68Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 67 - Cell 2
69Anthony Delaplace (Fra) SojasunRow 68 - Cell 2
70Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Eduard Vorganov (Rus) KatushaRow 71 - Cell 2
73Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 73 - Cell 2
75Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 75 - Cell 2
77Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team BlancoRow 76 - Cell 2
78Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 77 - Cell 2
79Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 79 - Cell 2
81Rémi Pauriol (Fra) SojasunRow 80 - Cell 2
82Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 81 - Cell 2
83Wesley Kreder (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 84 - Cell 2
86Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 85 - Cell 2
87Yannick Talabardon (Fra) SojasunRow 86 - Cell 2
88Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack LeopardRow 87 - Cell 2
89Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 89 - Cell 2
91Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 90 - Cell 2
92Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Team BlancoRow 91 - Cell 2
93Stefano Agostini (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 92 - Cell 2
94Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Adrian Saez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 96 - Cell 2
98Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 97 - Cell 2
99Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 98 - Cell 2
100Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Simon Spilak (Slo) KatushaRow 100 - Cell 2
102Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack LeopardRow 101 - Cell 2
103Gabriel Rasch (Nor) Sky ProcyclingRow 102 - Cell 2
104Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 103 - Cell 2
105Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 105 - Cell 2
107Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 106 - Cell 2
108Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJRow 107 - Cell 2
109Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 109 - Cell 2
111Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 110 - Cell 2
112Robert Vrecer (Slo) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 111 - Cell 2
113Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) KatushaRow 112 - Cell 2
114Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 113 - Cell 2
115David Millar (GBr) Garmin-SharpRow 114 - Cell 2
116Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 115 - Cell 2
117Maxime Mederel (Fra) SojasunRow 116 - Cell 2
118Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 117 - Cell 2
119Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 118 - Cell 2
120Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack LeopardRow 119 - Cell 2
121Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 120 - Cell 2
122Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 121 - Cell 2
123Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) KatushaRow 122 - Cell 2
124Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin-SharpRow 123 - Cell 2
125Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 124 - Cell 2
126Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 125 - Cell 2
127Lachlan David Morton (Aus) Garmin-SharpRow 126 - Cell 2
128Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 127 - Cell 2
129Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 128 - Cell 2
130Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131Julien Simon (Fra) SojasunRow 130 - Cell 2
132Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Sky ProcyclingRow 131 - Cell 2
133Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJRow 132 - Cell 2
134Stijn Devolder (Bel) RadioShack LeopardRow 133 - Cell 2
135Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 134 - Cell 2
136Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM CyclingRow 135 - Cell 2
137Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 136 - Cell 2
138Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack LeopardRow 137 - Cell 2
139Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 138 - Cell 2
140Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Sky Pro CyclingRow 139 - Cell 2
141Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 140 - Cell 2
142Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 141 - Cell 2
143Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 142 - Cell 2
144Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 143 - Cell 2
145Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun0:11:15
146Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 145 - Cell 2
147Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ0:11:22
148Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha0:11:24
149Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard0:11:33
150Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:43
151Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:15:37
152Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 151 - Cell 2
153Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 152 - Cell 2
154Mark Renshaw (Aus) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 153 - Cell 2
155Ricardo Mestre (Por) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 154 - Cell 2
156Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-SharpRow 155 - Cell 2
157Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 156 - Cell 2
DNFHeinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 157 - Cell 2
DNFMirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 158 - Cell 2
DNFLloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 159 - Cell 2
DNSJens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 160 - Cell 2
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Points
1Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack Leopard25pts
2Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step13Row 3 - Cell 3
5Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling11Row 4 - Cell 3
6John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step1Row 14 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Küsnacht, 158.8km
1Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack Leopard6pts
2Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Willikonerstr, 175.8km
1Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha6pts
2Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack Leopard1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Schwändistr (Cat. 3) 110km
1Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha5pts
2Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack Leopard3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Limbergstr (Cat. 3) 163.3km
1Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Katusha5pts
2Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack Leopard3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Procycling1Row 3 - Cell 3
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