Tour de Suisse: Trentin wins in Delémont

Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) capitalized off of some fantastic teamwork to claim the stage 6 victory at the Tour de Suisse in Delémont, on Thursday. His team led him into the final few hundred meters in perfect position to sprint for the win, ahead of Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff Saxo) in second and Francesco Gavazzi (Astana) in third.

"Of course I am super happy about this victory," Trentin said. “At four kilometers to go, Tony looked at me and said 'OK, we do the sprint.' It was a question of one second time difference, so we knew the yellow jersey was safe at that point and we went. Tony did an unbelievable job. He split the peloton into two groups in the last kilometers, in the middle of the village. When he does a pull like that it is unbelievable the engine he has. He left me at 200 meters to go.

“The finish was slightly uphill. I accelerated and was able to do a good sprint. I like this kind of sprint. But of course I want to share this victory with the team and Tony who did a selfless, great job.”

Overall race leader Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) led the peloton, with Trentin on his wheel, into the final few hundred meters. The huge effort cut a gap in the main field. His position also ensured that he made it safely to the finish line without losing any time in the overall classification. Martin leads the race into the seventh stage ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale).

Sagan tried to shake things up over the final climb and on the descent toward the finish line but ended the day in fifth place. He currently leads the points classification while Bjorn Thurau (Team Europcar) leads the mountains competition and Mathias Frank (IAM Cycling) leads the Swiss rider competition.

How it happened

The peloton tackled a 184km stage that started in Büren an der Aare and finished in Delémont with a shorter finishing circuit that included two of the day’s last ascents over Col des Rangiers and Le-Rond-Pré.

Six men formed an early lead with Lloyd Mondory (AG2R La Mondiale), Laurent Didier (Trek Factory Racing), Simon Clarke (Orica GreenEdge), Benjamin King (Garmin-Sharp), Jacopo Guarnieri (Astana) and Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka). The group didn’t survive and the attacking continued until the next breakaway slipped away.

The riders in the second and more successful move included Guarnieri, Vladimir Isaichev (Katusha Team), Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge), Jacobus Venter (MTN-Qhubeka) and Jonathan Fumeaux (IAM Cycling), who dropped out of the group shortly thereafter. The four riders continued on and managed to forge a four and a half minute lead heading into the first climb of the day over the Grand Chaumont, 57.5km into the stage.

Guarnieri was the first to the top of the climb and picked up full mountain points, however, the gap back to the field dropped as they crested the top.

Albasini, who was the best placed in the overall classification at over nine and a half minutes down, picked up the full points atop the second climb on the Col des Pontins, 73km into the race, but the gap continued to fall to three and a half minutes.

World champion Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) had to deal with a mechanical at the side of the road but got some valuable help from teammates Rafael Valls and Jose Serpa to get back in the field before the final circuit through Delémont. He was sitting in 16th place overall, 37 seconds down, at the start of the stage.

The breakaway headed through the finishing city of Delémont with a lead of two and half minutes. The peloton snaked through the city and Team Sky did much of the work to reduce the gap to the four guys out front, which continued to fall to just under a minute. Several riders crashed heading toward the third climb over Col des Rangiers. The mishap blocked the narrow roads and force other riders to dismount to get around the wreckage.

Albasini was the only breakaway rider to hang on to a small lead on the upper slopes of the climb but he too was caught near the top. Several fast-men showed their top form and made it up the third climb including Sagan and Ben Swift (Team Sky). Omega Pharma-QuickStep duo Tom Boonen and Mark Cavendish did not survive the fast-pace set over the climb and wound up out of contention for the stage sprint.

Giant-Shimano’s Warren Barguil attacked over the top of the ascent but was quickly followed by Team Europcar’s mountains leader Thurau, who only wanted to pick up the full points before sitting up and waiting for the rest of the field. Barguil pushed his limits to build a gap of 20 seconds with roughly 23km to the finish line in Delémont.

The rain started to fall during the final kilometers of the race, and so did Barguil’s gap until he was caught with 19km to go. Team Sky pushed hard with five riders who set the pace at the front of the field with sprinter Swift on their wheel. BMC Racing and IAM Cycling, for Mathias Frank, also had good representation heading the field into the last climb.

Martin, wearing the yellow leader’s jersey, sat tucked in safely near the front of the bunch.

Trentin noted that he almost didn't make it to the finish line with the front group after having some difficulty within the final 35 kilometers. "There was road work on the road and I was a little bit in the rear of the peloton. The road went from double lane to single lane when the first part of the peloton passed that area. I was stuck in the back and had to put my feet down when the pace came to a stop. So, I had to chase the group ahead after that situation. When I reached them again at the bottom of the second to last climb, I was always trying to recover. Then on the final climb I was in front of the group again and I helped Tony. I was always with him on the downhill.”

Some teams were not interested in allowing a bunch sprint to take place and riders like Laurent Didier (Trek factory Racing) jumped at the base for the final climb up Le-Rond-Pré. Didier’s short-lived attempt at a breakaway was countered by IAM Cycling’s lead out over the top of the ascent, 11km to go.

Set up by his teammates, Frank took a risk and jumped clear of the field with Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) on his wheel. Sagan jumped across but continued on to build a small gap and crested the climb alone. The field managed to reattach themselves to his wheel on the descent back down to Delémont, however, he continued to set a fast pace on the way down hill. The peloton could barley stay on his wheel as he leaned sharply through each switchback.

Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing) was gutsy enough to latch back onto Sagan’s wheel and the pair held a small gap on the field by the bottom of the descent. Once on the flats and under three kilometers to go, several riders tried to leap across to the dangerous move. Team Sky, with Ben Swift on their wheel, pulled the field together under two kilometers to go.

Martin moved to the front of the race and led the field under the one kilometer to go banner and onto the finishing straightaway. The move put Trentin into a winning sprint position and he led the drag race to the line to win the sixth stage.


Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team4:43:19
2Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
3Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
4Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
5Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale
6Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
7Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team
8Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team
9Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky
10Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol
11Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
12Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida
13Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
14Nino Schurter (Swi) Orica GreenEdge
15Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
16Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
17Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling
18Anthony Roux (Fra)
19Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Shimano
20Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
21Arnold Jeannesson (Fra)
22Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
23Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale
24Linus Gerdemann (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka
25Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar
26Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp
27Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
28Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
29Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
30Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team
31Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha
32Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
33Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team
34Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo
35Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
36Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team
37Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar
38Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar
39Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling
40Olivier Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-Saxo
41Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
42Fernando S Martins Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp
43Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
44Thibaut Pinot (Fra)
45Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp
46Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Team Katusha
47Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
48Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida
49Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
50Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
51Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team
52Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Shimano
53Sergio Pardilla (Spa) MTN - Qhubeka
54Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEdge
55Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling
56Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
57Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano
58Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice
59Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team
60Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
61Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
62Nathan Brown (USA) Garmin Sharp
63Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling
64Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky
65Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team
66Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
67Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
68Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp0:01:29
69Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Polsat Polkowice
70Maxime Mederel (Fra) Team Europcar
71Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team
72Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:44
73Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin Sharp
74Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha
75Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida
76Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr0:01:47
77Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
78Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin Sharp
79Cédric Pineau (Fra)
80Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka
81Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
82Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida
83Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
84Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
85Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar
86Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:02:20
87Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:09
88Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol
89Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:05:36
90Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling0:06:15
91Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing0:09:40
92Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling
93Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha
94Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
95Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
96Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
97Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
98Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky
99Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:17:39
100Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
101Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Shimano
102Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
103Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team
104Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdge
105Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
106Christiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale
107Maximilian Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida
108Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
109Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing
110Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
111Jay Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
112Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale
113Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
114Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha
115Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge
116Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
117Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
118Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
119Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
120Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
121Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
122Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing
123Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Team Sky
124Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
125Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar
126Jérémy Roy (Fra)
127Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:18:18
128Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar
129Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka
130Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team
131Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team
132Geoffrey Soupe (Fra)
133Laurent Mangel (Fra)
134Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
135Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale
136Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol
137Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Belisol
138Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
139Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
140Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida
141Edward King (USA) Cannondale
142Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
143Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin Sharp
144Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto Belisol0:18:18
145Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
146Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
147Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
148Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team Europcar
149Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
150Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
151Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
152Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
153Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling
154John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano
155Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha
156Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
157Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha0:18:33
DNFRuslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNFKenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol
DNFMoreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale
DNFJaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
DNSNiki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
DNSMatthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
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