Tour de Suisse: Sagan wins stage 3

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) took his second straight victory at the Tour de Suisse with a commanding sprint in a rain-soaked Rehinfelden. Michael Albasini (Orica-GreenEdge) came a close second with Silvan Dillier (BMC) taking third after the three held off the peloton by a mere three seconds.

It proved a vital three seconds for Sagan, who now sits at the top of the standings with a three-second advantage over Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Soudal), who had started the day in the leader’s jersey.

Having helped with the chase for most of the day, Sagan was left with no teammates as the stage reached its conclusion. With Dillier having made it away in the day’s break and a stinging attack from Albasini on the penultimate ascent, Sagan had to take matters into his own hands. The world champion initially took up the chase on the front of a diminishing peloton before launching his move near the top of final ascent of the day.

As Roelandts found himself off the back of the bunch, Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) set off in chase of Sagan. The Australian didn’t have the legs, and once they were on the descent he didn’t stand a chance. Sagan utilised his famous bike handling skills to make mincemeat of the gap between himself and the pair out front.

Behind, the peloton weren’t relenting and Lotto-Soudal, having brought Roelandts back to the main group, began reeling in the three escapees. The three had a maximum advantage of just over 30 seconds but that was reduced to little more than a handful inside the final 10 kilometres. Feeling the peloton on his back, Sagan decided to try another attack with five kilometres to the line. He distanced his Swiss friends initially but realised quickly that he wasn’t going to shake them too easily.

Sagan was brought back and the three worked together as the peloton became tantalisingly close. Albasini was the first to show his cards inside the final kilometre but when Sagan wound up his own sprint, the Orica man had no answer. Sagan stormed to his second win of the 2016 race and his 13th in the race’s history, jumping to the top of the overall standings as well.

Dillier was another big mover in the overall classification and, after mopping up bonus seconds during the stage and at the finish, he climbed to third overall, equal on time with Roelandts.

How it happened

Cloudy conditions greeted the riders at the start in Grosswangen with Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Soudal) in the yellow of race leader after taking three seconds on Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) in Sunday’s finale. What lay ahead for the peloton was 192.6km of rolling terrain with six classified climbs before the finish in Rheinfelden.

There were attacks from the off but it took some time before a move finally stuck. Swiss rider Silvan Dillier (BMC) was the first to snap the elastic after 14km. He eventually had some company in the form of Sven Erik Byström (Katusha), Gregory Rast (Trek-Segafredo), Matthew Hayman (Orica-GreenEdge), Branislau Samoilau (CCC Sprandi Polkowice), Bruno Pires (Team Roth), Antwan Tolhoek and Hub Duijn (Roompot Oranje Peloton).

With 20 kilometres ridden, the eight out front had an advantage of 1:30 and that was over five minutes by the time they hit the 50km mark. As the rain began to fall on the riders, the team of the leader, Lotto-Soudal, managed the pace of the peloton with the help of Peter Sagan’s Tinkoff team. After starting the day just 13 seconds down on Roelandts, Dillier went on the hunt for bonus seconds, winning three at the first intermediate sprint.

Orica-GreenEdge had obviously gone into the stage with an aggressive strategy and after trying but failing to make it into the break earlier in the day, Amets Txurruka had another go with less than 50km to go. However, he found himself in no-man’s land for a while before eventually being reeled in by the peloton.

The relentless up and down of the finale fractured the bunch into smaller groups and the leading group weren’t immune to it either. With 20 kilometres to go, there was only four of the initial escape group remaining. Their advantage was slim, however, and the peloton were closing quickly. Sensing the opportunity for a stage win, Albasini had Chris Juul-Jensen bring him to the front of the peloton with 18km remaining. The Swiss rider quickly made the juncture on the penultimate ascent of the day, with the help of Hayman who then fell back to the peloton with his job for the day complete.

The rest of the peloton bided their time, with Sagan picking his moment seven kilometres later near the top of the final ascent. Using his abilities on the downhill, it didn’t take him long to bridge the 30-second gap to Albasini and Dillier. Albasini’s teammate Matthews attempted to go with the world champion but found himself lacking and had to resign himself to being pulled along in the peloton.

With Lotto Soudal back at the helm, it looked like it just might come back together and Sagan’s efforts would come to naught. However, by the skin of their teeth, the trio held them off. Albasini made his move first but Sagan eased around him to take his sixth victory this season.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team4:31:17
2Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 1 - Cell 2
3Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:03
5Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 4 - Cell 2
6Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Team KatushaRow 5 - Cell 2
7Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 6 - Cell 2
8Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - MeridaRow 7 - Cell 2
9Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 8 - Cell 2
10Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 9 - Cell 2
11Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM CyclingRow 10 - Cell 2
12Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 12 - Cell 2
14Michal Golas (Pol) Team SkyRow 13 - Cell 2
15Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 14 - Cell 2
16Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 15 - Cell 2
17Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 16 - Cell 2
18Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 18 - Cell 2
20Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Simon Spilak (Slo) Team KatushaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team KatushaRow 21 - Cell 2
23Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 23 - Cell 2
25Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 24 - Cell 2
26Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 25 - Cell 2
27Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 26 - Cell 2
28Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha0:00:17
30Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 30 - Cell 2
32Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 33 - Cell 2
35Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJRow 36 - Cell 2
38Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team KatushaRow 37 - Cell 2
39Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje PelotonRow 38 - Cell 2
40Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 39 - Cell 2
41Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - MeridaRow 40 - Cell 2
42Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJRow 41 - Cell 2
43Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 42 - Cell 2
44Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 43 - Cell 2
45Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge0:01:23
46Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 45 - Cell 2
47Matti Breschel (Den) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 46 - Cell 2
48Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek-SegafredoRow 47 - Cell 2
49Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 48 - Cell 2
50Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 49 - Cell 2
51Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 50 - Cell 2
52Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Team RothRow 51 - Cell 2
53Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto SoudalRow 52 - Cell 2
54Felix Grosschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 53 - Cell 2
55Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 54 - Cell 2
56Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 55 - Cell 2
57Oscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Jay McCarthy (Aus) Tinkoff Team0:02:23
59Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 58 - Cell 2
60Pawel Cieslik (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Jordi Simon (Spa) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 61 - Cell 2
63Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 62 - Cell 2
64Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 63 - Cell 2
65Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Ian Boswell (USA) Team SkyRow 66 - Cell 2
68Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 67 - Cell 2
69Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Roompot - Oranje PelotonRow 68 - Cell 2
70Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:00
71Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 70 - Cell 2
72Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 71 - Cell 2
73Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJRow 72 - Cell 2
74Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 73 - Cell 2
75Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Víctor De La Parte (Spa) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 75 - Cell 2
77Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 76 - Cell 2
78Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Team KatushaRow 77 - Cell 2
79Karel Hnik (Cze) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJRow 79 - Cell 2
81Jérémy Maison (Fra) FDJRow 80 - Cell 2
82Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team KatushaRow 81 - Cell 2
83Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension DataRow 83 - Cell 2
85Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - MeridaRow 86 - Cell 2
88Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 87 - Cell 2
89Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:05:07
90Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 89 - Cell 2
91Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 92 - Cell 2
94Michal Podlaski (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Oliver Zaugg (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 94 - Cell 2
96Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 95 - Cell 2
97Mario Costa (Por) Lampre - MeridaRow 96 - Cell 2
98Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 97 - Cell 2
99Ruben Zepuntke (Ger) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 98 - Cell 2
100Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre - MeridaRow 99 - Cell 2
101Jonas Koch (Ger) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Jiri Polnicky (Cze) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Adam Stachowiak (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Amets Txurruka (Spa) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 103 - Cell 2
105Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) FDJRow 104 - Cell 2
106Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 105 - Cell 2
107Jorge Arcas Pena (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 106 - Cell 2
108Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 107 - Cell 2
109Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 108 - Cell 2
110Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 109 - Cell 2
111Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Oranje PelotonRow 110 - Cell 2
112Sindre Skjoestad Lunke (Nor) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 111 - Cell 2
113Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
114Yves Lampaert (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 113 - Cell 2
115Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team SkyRow 114 - Cell 2
116Matthias Krizek (Aut) Team RothRow 115 - Cell 2
117Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 116 - Cell 2
118Christian Knees (Ger) Team SkyRow 117 - Cell 2
119Nico Brüngger (Swi) Team RothRow 118 - Cell 2
120Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 119 - Cell 2
121Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 120 - Cell 2
122Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 121 - Cell 2
123Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM CyclingRow 122 - Cell 2
124Leopold Konig (Cze) Team SkyRow 123 - Cell 2
125Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 124 - Cell 2
126Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 125 - Cell 2
127Michel Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje PelotonRow 126 - Cell 2
128Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 127 - Cell 2
129Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Lampre - MeridaRow 128 - Cell 2
130Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJRow 129 - Cell 2
131Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Oranje PelotonRow 130 - Cell 2
132Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 131 - Cell 2
133Bruno Pires (Por) Team Roth0:07:01
134Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff TeamRow 133 - Cell 2
135Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Oranje PelotonRow 134 - Cell 2
136Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff TeamRow 135 - Cell 2
137Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 136 - Cell 2
138Fernando Gaviria (Col) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 137 - Cell 2
139Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension DataRow 138 - Cell 2
140Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling0:10:05
141Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek-SegafredoRow 140 - Cell 2
142Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 141 - Cell 2
143Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:12:24
144Sylwester Szmyd (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:13:43
145Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 144 - Cell 2
146Valentin Baillifard (Swi) Team RothRow 145 - Cell 2
147Lukas Jaun (Swi) Team RothRow 146 - Cell 2
148Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 147 - Cell 2
149Martin Kohler (Swi) Team RothRow 148 - Cell 2
150Jesse Sergent (NZl) AG2R La MondialeRow 149 - Cell 2
151Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 150 - Cell 2
152Kamil Gradek (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling TeamRow 151 - Cell 2
153Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana Pro TeamRow 152 - Cell 2
154Lars Boom (Ned) Astana Pro TeamRow 153 - Cell 2
155Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 154 - Cell 2
156Colin Stüssi (Swi) Team RothRow 155 - Cell 2
157Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 156 - Cell 2
158Iljo Keisse (Bel) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 157 - Cell 2
159Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 158 - Cell 2
160Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - MeridaRow 159 - Cell 2
161Matt Brammeier (Irl) Dimension DataRow 160 - Cell 2
162Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension DataRow 161 - Cell 2
163Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 162 - Cell 2
164Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) Dimension DataRow 163 - Cell 2
165Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJRow 164 - Cell 2
166Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro TeamRow 165 - Cell 2
167Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 166 - Cell 2
168Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 167 - Cell 2
169Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 168 - Cell 2
170Rodrigo Contreras (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step0:16:07
171Berden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton0:19:07
DNFMaurits Lammertink (Ned) Roompot - Oranje PelotonRow 171 - Cell 2
DNFPatrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 172 - Cell 2
DNFJuan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 173 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Haupstrasse - 144.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team6pts
2Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2- Haupstrasse - 171.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team6pts
2Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Team Katusha3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team10pts
2Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Etixx - Quick-Step4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal2Row 4 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Untere Hauensteinstrasse - 105.3 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton8pts
2Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Bruno Pires (Por) Team Roth4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team1Row 4 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Rheinfelderstrasse - 119.2 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton5pts
2Bruno Pires (Por) Team Roth3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 3 - Maispracherstrasse - 148.1 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton5pts
2Bruno Pires (Por) Team Roth3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain 4 - Olsbergstrasse - 154.1 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1