Tour de Suisse: Chaves wins atop Verbier

Colombia's Johan Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) won the eighth stage at the Tour de Suisse with a strong late-race attack on the Alpine climb up to Verbier on Saturday. Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) finished three seconds behind in second with the same time as Bauke Mollema (Belkin) in third.

"We raced hard today and it was hot. That was a big factor. There were a lot of attacks but I waited until people were tired and then went for it. I think I made a good attack," Chaves said of his win.

The 24 year-old is part of the new generation of Colombian climbers emerging from South America and this was his second mahor win of the season after also winning at Mountain High at the Tour of California in May.

"There are a lot of strong Colombians and it’s a great thing," he said. "I don’t know why Colombian cycling has always been strong. Riders stopped coming through for a while but now we’re stronger than ever and so everyone is very happy."

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) defended his leader's yellow jersey with a well-judged effort on the final climb. He finished in a chase group but was only 17 seconds behind Chaves. He even managed to gain time on his nearest rivals ahead of the final mountain stage on Sunday. Martin now leads Tom Dumoulin (Gaint-Shimano) by 51 seconds and world champion Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) by 1:05 minutes.

How it happened

The Tour de Suisse entered the mountains during the penultimate stage, which was the first of two mountainous stages at the race this week. The peloton raced 219km from Delémont to Verbier with one major climb at the end of the stage that began with a Cat. 3 section and finished with a HC section on route to the finish line.

An early breakaway formed with Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), Christian Knees (Team Sky), Sébastien Minard (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Danilo Wyss (BMC), Gregory Rast (Trek Factory Racing), Nathan Brown (Garmin-Sharp) and Laurens De Vreese (Wanty-Groupe Gobert). Mateusz Taciak (CCC) also joined the breakaway and the eight riders opened an advantage of over six minutes half way through the race. Rojas was the best placed overall, 3:59 minutes behind Martin coming into the stage, and became the virtual race leader.

Their gap dropped to 4:30 minutes as the race approached the final ascent with 30km to go. Back in the peloton, several teams organized themselves at the front of the field; Giant-Shimano, Team Europcar, Lampre-Merida and FDJ all set a quick pace. Omega Pharma-QuickStep tried to keep their race leader Martin safely tucked in the field near the front to conserve as much energy as possible ahead of the climb to Verbier.

The first section of the ascent to the finish was 10km long and gradually gained from 400m to 800m, topping out just after Vollèges. Rojas was the first of the breakaway riders to reach the top of the initial climb and several of his companions were dropped. After a short descent, the road kicked up again, with the climb to the finish lasting 13.4km. It was the same climb where Alberto Contador famously blew the Tour de France apart in 2009 and took the yellow jersey.

Knees made his move on the lower slopes up to Verbier, with nine kilometres to go, but he was quickly followed by Rojas, De Vreese, Wyss and Brown. Wyss played his hand just under eight kilometers to go and opened a small lead but the peloton closed in quickly, picked up the remaining breakaway riders, and held the solo escapee at under a minute with six kilometers to the go. Behind IAM Cycling took control of the peloton to set up Mathias Frank for a strong finish. Martin positioned himself near the front and tried to hang on to the more notable climbers in the bunch.

There several other attacks from the group of overall contenders. South African champion Louis Meintjes (MTN Qhubeka) surged and opened a 100m gap on the field to join Bjorn Thurau (Team Europcar) the leader of the climber’s competition and the pair worked together to catch Wyss. However the trio were no match for Belkin’s quick chase and the team led the field of roughly 30 riders up the steeper sections of the ascent to bring them back.

The diminished field included only the strongest climbers inside the last four kilometers but Martin showed his climbing ability as he held onto the pace, trying to stay as close to the front of the race as possible.

Frank was the next to make move but Kreuziger quickly latched onto his wheel. As the peloton reeled them in, Chaves took his opportunity to jump clear of the field with two kilometers to go. Italian neo-pro Davide Formolo (Canndonale) tried to bridge the gap but couldn’t hold onto the fast pace and was quickly dropped.

Chaves was strong and determined. He held his gap on the descent to the finish in the centre of Verbier and secured the stage win with Kreuziger and Mollema coming in just three seconds behind him. Eros Capecchi (Movstar) and Janier Acevedo (Garmin-Sharp) gained a few extra seconds ahead of Martin’s yellow jersey group that also included Costa, Formolo, Frank and Philip Deignan (Team Sky). However Martin proved he can climb and perhaps tipped the chance of overall victory in his favour with just one stage left to race.

The Tour de Suisse heads into the ninth and final stage’s 157km race from Martigny to Saas-Fee on Sunday. It includes four climbs and ends with a HC category climb but the 2014 Tour de Suisse is now Martin's race to loose.


Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEdge5:11:16
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:03
3Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team0:00:16
5Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp0:00:17
6Philip Deignan (Irl) Team SkyRow 5 - Cell 2
7Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Davide Formolo (Ita) CannondaleRow 7 - Cell 2
9Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-MeridaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 9 - Cell 2
11Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida0:00:20
12Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:40
13Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 13 - Cell 2
15Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Sergio Pardilla (Spa) MTN - QhubekaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team EuropcarRow 16 - Cell 2
18Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:00:43
19Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Olivier Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:02
21Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:11
22Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:20
23Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:01:27
24Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano0:01:34
25Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Team Katusha0:01:48
26Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp0:02:00
27Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.frRow 26 - Cell 2
28Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:02:02
29Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 28 - Cell 2
30Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 30 - Cell 2
32Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:02:07
33Fernando S Martins Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp0:02:20
34Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:02:26
35Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:28
36Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida0:02:31
37Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:02:56
38Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:03:12
39Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 38 - Cell 2
40Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 39 - Cell 2
41Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin Sharp0:03:19
42Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin SharpRow 41 - Cell 2
43Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:03:34
44Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:04:43
45Christiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale0:04:45
46Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:04:53
47Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:04:57
48Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 47 - Cell 2
49Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Team Sky0:05:09
50Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr0:05:11
51Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team0:05:40
52Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:06:01
53Nathan Brown (USA) Garmin Sharp0:06:27
54Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling0:07:10
55SÈbastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:08:09
56Maxime Mederel (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 55 - Cell 2
57Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team KatushaRow 56 - Cell 2
58Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling0:08:27
59Michael Sch‰r (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 59 - Cell 2
61Nino Schurter (Swi) Orica GreenEdgeRow 60 - Cell 2
62Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 63 - Cell 2
65Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 64 - Cell 2
66Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67CÈdric Pineau (Fra) FDJ.frRow 66 - Cell 2
68Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 67 - Cell 2
69Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 68 - Cell 2
70Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin SharpRow 70 - Cell 2
72Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 71 - Cell 2
73JÈrÈmy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr0:08:33
74Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha0:08:44
75Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:09:03
76Christophe Kern (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 75 - Cell 2
77Chris Anker Sˆrensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:09:56
78Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:11:04
79Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team0:11:16
80Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr0:12:04
81Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory RacingRow 80 - Cell 2
82Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:12:39
83Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Shimano0:12:48
86Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:13:27
87Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 86 - Cell 2
88Fabio Sabatini (Ita) CannondaleRow 87 - Cell 2
89Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 88 - Cell 2
90Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 89 - Cell 2
91Linus Gerdemann (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka0:13:32
92Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 91 - Cell 2
93Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto Belisol0:13:36
94Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge0:14:06
95Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar0:15:20
96Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 95 - Cell 2
97Edward King (USA) CannondaleRow 96 - Cell 2
98Jay Thomson (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 97 - Cell 2
99Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat PolkowiceRow 98 - Cell 2
100Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 101 - Cell 2
103Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 102 - Cell 2
104Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdgeRow 103 - Cell 2
105Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:15:28
106Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 105 - Cell 2
107Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory RacingRow 106 - Cell 2
108Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 107 - Cell 2
109Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:17:10
110Guillaume Boivin (Can) CannondaleRow 109 - Cell 2
111Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:17:13
112Peter Sagan (Svk) CannondaleRow 111 - Cell 2
113Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) Lampre-MeridaRow 112 - Cell 2
114Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 113 - Cell 2
115Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory RacingRow 114 - Cell 2
116GrÈgory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory RacingRow 115 - Cell 2
117Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar0:17:17
118SÈbastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:17:30
119Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:17:33
120Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 119 - Cell 2
121Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 120 - Cell 2
122Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha0:18:15
123Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 122 - Cell 2
124Maximilian Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida0:18:28
125Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 124 - Cell 2
126Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:18:59
127Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:19:04
128Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 127 - Cell 2
129Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 128 - Cell 2
130Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 129 - Cell 2
131Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 130 - Cell 2
132Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 131 - Cell 2
133Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team KatushaRow 132 - Cell 2
134Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar0:19:10
135Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team Europcar0:19:17
136Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin Sharp0:19:20
137Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team0:19:21
138Ben Swift (GBr) Team SkyRow 137 - Cell 2
139Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 138 - Cell 2
140Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:19:45
141Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
142Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice0:20:28
143Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:20:36
144Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling0:21:03
145Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:21:58
146Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 145 - Cell 2
147Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ.fr0:22:12
148Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ.frRow 147 - Cell 2
149Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha0:22:34
150Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 149 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - QhubekaRow 150 - Cell 2
DNFPeter Kennaugh (GBr) Team SkyRow 151 - Cell 2
DNFGerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - QhubekaRow 152 - Cell 2
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEdge15pts
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team10Row 2 - Cell 3
4Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team9Row 3 - Cell 3
5Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp8Row 4 - Cell 3
6Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky7Row 5 - Cell 3
7Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team6Row 6 - Cell 3
8Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale5Row 7 - Cell 3
9Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida4Row 8 - Cell 3
10Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling3Row 9 - Cell 3
11Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida2Row 10 - Cell 3
12Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr1Row 11 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team5pts
2Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Nathan Brown (USA) Garmin Sharp1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain finish
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEdge20pts
2Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team15Row 1 - Cell 3
3Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale10Row 2 - Cell 3
4Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo6Row 3 - Cell 3
5Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling4Row 4 - Cell 3
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Swiss rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling5:11:33
2Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:23
3Olivier Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:45
4Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling0:02:55
5Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:04:36
6Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling0:06:53
7Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling0:08:10
8Michael Sch‰r (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 8 - Cell 2
10Nino Schurter (Swi) Orica GreenEdgeRow 9 - Cell 2
11Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 12 - Cell 2
14Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge0:13:49
15Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing0:16:56
16GrÈgory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory RacingRow 15 - Cell 2
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Belkin Pro Cycling Team15:36:01
4Movistar Team0:02:33
5BMC Racing Team0:04:00
6Team Giant-Shimano0:04:58
7Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:05:01
8CCC Polsat Polkowice0:05:03
10Team Sky0:08:10
11IAM Cycling0:08:26
13MTN - Qhubeka0:12:42
14Orica GreenEDGE0:14:41
15Team Europcar0:15:39
16Katusha Team0:16:11
18Lotto-Belisol Team0:16:43
19Astana Pro Team0:23:51
20Trek Factory Racing0:27:26
21Omega Pharma-QuickStep0:36:48
22AG2R La Mondiale0:40:59
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General classification after stage 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team28:54:16
2Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:51
3Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida