Tour de Suisse: Warbasse wins on first summit finish in Villars-sur-Ollon

Larry Warbasse claimed stage 4 of the Tour de Suisse on Tuesday as the last survivor of the early breakaway, earning Aqua Blue Sport its first ever WorldTour victory.

Forty seconds later, BMC's Damiano Caruso, who several kilometres prior had been among the first GC hopefuls to try an attack on the final climb, led a select group of overall contenders across the summit finish line. That propelled him into the race leader's yellow jersey. LottoNL-Jumbo's Steven Kruijswijk finished just behind Caruso for third on the day, slotting into second overall.

Warbasse put in plenty of work over the final 50 kilometres to dispatch his breakaway companions, setting a hard tempo on the day's first climb to drop Astana's Lars Boom and then pushing the pace on the steep finishing climb to Villars-sur-Ollon to drop Nick van der Lijke (Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij) and Antoine Duchesne (Direct Energie). Continuing on solo, he held off the GC group to nab his first ever pro victory.

"It's my first victory in my career - it's amazing," an overjoyed Warbasse said. "I love this race, I love Switzerland. I was on IAM Cycling the last two years, and it's one of the most beautiful countries and I have so many great memories here. Today I felt like it was my home race. I've never had so many people cheering for me, everyone was yelling my name. I'm really happy.

"As soon as I got in the breakaway (I knew I could win) - I told everyone yesterday, I worked really hard the whole last season - I always give 110%, I'm just so happy it finally paid off."

The battle for the yellow jersey proved to be the undoing of several pre-race favourites, with defending champion Miguel Ángel López (Astana) and three-time former winner Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) losing time, and Bahrain-Merida's Ion Izagirre and Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin among the many names coming home several minutes down.

Caruso, Kruijswijk and fourth-place finisher Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) all crossed the line on the same time. A very active AG2R duo of Domenico Pozzovivo and Mathias Frank couldn't manage to get clear of their GC rivals on the final slopes, but did reach the finish just a few seconds behind Caruso.

How it unfolded

The pack got off to a fast start from Bern before the early break jumped away around 15 kilometres into the day, with Warbasse, Duchesne, Van der Lijk and Boom forming the quartet off the front. After a few riders attempting to bridge were pulled back, the break was allowed some breathing room on the long, flat first half of the stage.

The pack let the gap grow all the way out to nine minutes over the course of the next 30 kilometres before the pace from Sunweb and AG2R La Mondiale at the front tightened the leash. As the breakaway pressed on toward the foot of the first of the day's two major climbs, their advantage hovered between seven and eight minutes.

The gap dipped down under seven minutes on the run-in to the first-category Col des Mosses, and it dropped to within six on the early slopes.

Boom was the first to lose touch in the break, unable to hold Warbasse's pace on the climb. Van der Lijke dropped back for a few minutes, but he rejoined the trio before the top of the climb and took the maximum points at the summit, with the gap standing at around five minutes.

The gap remained steady through the descent toward the Villars-sur-Ollon climb, and then Trek-Segafredo and FDJ pitched in at the head of the peloton as the road evened out to bring the breakaway's advantage down to four minutes as they began to work their way up the early slopes.

Warbasse hit the front again as the gradients increased and Duchesne soon lost touch. A kilometre later, it was Van der Lijke's turn to drop, leaving Warbasse solo with a little over eight kilometres remaining.

A hard tempo from BMC saw the peloton behind rapidly shedding riders, with Matthews and then Dumoulin going backwards alongside dozens of others.

A surge from Caruso with around six kilometres left to race signalled the beginning of hostilities in earnest, and several pre-race favourites quickly lost touch as the pressure mounted at the front of the GC group. Izagirre, López, Costa and Trek-Segafredo's Jarlinson Pantano were among those who couldn't keep the pace as attacks began to fly, with Kruijswijk and Spilak putting in digs.

Pozzovivo hit the front with a sustained push, and although he never got more than a few seconds, neither did he relent. A select group formed behind him, with Caruso, Frank, Spilak, Kruijswijk and Movistar's Marc Soler in the mix.

With three kilometres to go, Pozzovivo was brought back into the fold. 800 metres later, his teammate Frank tried his luck with a move of his own, just as López began working his way back into the frame, trying to catch the back of the main chasing group.

Despite the action behind, Warbasse never faltered out front, continuing to push his steady pace into the last kilometres of the climb. He rounded onto the finishing straight with plenty of time to celebrate his win.

The chasing GC riders refused to let Frank get much breathing room. They caught him up with around 500 metres to go, with Soler losing the wheel as the pace picked up for the final push and a resurgent López nearly catching him on the finishing straight.

Caruso proved fastest to the line in the second-place sprint, putting him into yellow ahead of Wednesday's stage 5.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Larry Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport3:48:55
2Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:40
3Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 2 - Cell 2
4Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-AlpecinRow 3 - Cell 2
5Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:44
6Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:47
7Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:59
8Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team0:01:07
9Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky0:01:20
10Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates0:01:34
11Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:44
13Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky0:02:00
14Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:02
15Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 14 - Cell 2
16Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:12
17Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data0:02:27
18Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:45
19Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJRow 18 - Cell 2
20Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:49
21Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie0:03:21
22Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-Drapac0:03:25
23Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-Scott0:03:26
24Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo0:03:53
25Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ0:04:09
26Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:04:15
27Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-Merida0:04:22
28Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:04:24
29Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida0:04:29
30Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-MeirdaRow 29 - Cell 2
31Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-DrapacRow 30 - Cell 2
32Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:05:04
33Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 32 - Cell 2
34Daan Olivier (Ned) LottoNl-JumboRow 33 - Cell 2
35Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky0:05:20
36Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe0:05:55
37Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:06:27
38Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:06:56
39Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension DataRow 38 - Cell 2
40Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Sunweb0:07:12
41Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team SunwebRow 40 - Cell 2
42Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 41 - Cell 2
43Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 42 - Cell 2
44Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 43 - Cell 2
45Alberto Losada (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 44 - Cell 2
46Joseph Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:07:36
47Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie0:07:39
48Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team0:07:54
49Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie0:08:13
50Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:08:30
51Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 51 - Cell 2
53Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto SoudalRow 52 - Cell 2
54Ruben Plaza (Spa) Orica-ScottRow 53 - Cell 2
55Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 55 - Cell 2
57Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 56 - Cell 2
58Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:09:04
60Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie0:09:47
61Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-Scott0:12:47
62Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 61 - Cell 2
63Ben King (USA) Dimension DataRow 62 - Cell 2
64Philip Deignan (Irl) Team SkyRow 63 - Cell 2
65Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 64 - Cell 2
66Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 65 - Cell 2
67Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension DataRow 66 - Cell 2
68Javier Moreno (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 67 - Cell 2
69Rob Power (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 68 - Cell 2
70Rein Taaramäe (Est) Katusha-AlpecinRow 69 - Cell 2
71Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team SunwebRow 70 - Cell 2
72Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue SportRow 72 - Cell 2
74Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La MondialeRow 73 - Cell 2
75Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:14:07
76Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-AlpecinRow 75 - Cell 2
77Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 76 - Cell 2
78Owain Doull (GBr) Team SkyRow 77 - Cell 2
79Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-DrapacRow 78 - Cell 2
80Aaron Gate (NZl) Aqua Blue SportRow 79 - Cell 2
81Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-ScottRow 80 - Cell 2
82Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 81 - Cell 2
83Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 82 - Cell 2
84Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 84 - Cell 2
86Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 85 - Cell 2
87Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJRow 87 - Cell 2
89Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 88 - Cell 2
90Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 89 - Cell 2
91Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:16:21
92Lars Boom (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 91 - Cell 2
93Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek-SegafredoRow 92 - Cell 2
94Cédric Pineau (Fra) FdjRow 93 - Cell 2
95Jan Bárta (Cze) Bora-HansgroheRow 94 - Cell 2
96Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step FloorsRow 95 - Cell 2
97Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step FloorsRow 96 - Cell 2
98Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Cannondale-DrapacRow 97 - Cell 2
99Kevin Reza (Fra) FDJRow 98 - Cell 2
100Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJRow 99 - Cell 2
101Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 100 - Cell 2
102Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue SportRow 101 - Cell 2
103Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 102 - Cell 2
104Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 103 - Cell 2
105Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 104 - Cell 2
106Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Aqua Blue SportRow 105 - Cell 2
107John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-SegafredoRow 106 - Cell 2
108Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 107 - Cell 2
109Michael Matthews (Aus) Team SunwebRow 108 - Cell 2
110Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 109 - Cell 2
111Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 110 - Cell 2
112Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 111 - Cell 2
113David De La Cruz (Spa) Quick-Step FloorsRow 112 - Cell 2
114Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 113 - Cell 2
115Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 114 - Cell 2
116Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
117Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension DataRow 116 - Cell 2
118Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 117 - Cell 2
119Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-AlpecinRow 118 - Cell 2
120Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:16:36
121Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team0:16:44
122Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:16:52
123Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 122 - Cell 2
124Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:16:59
125Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ0:18:16
126Ryan Anderson (Can) Direct EnergieRow 125 - Cell 2
127Roy Curvers (Ned) Team SunwebRow 126 - Cell 2
128Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:19:17
129Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) AG2R La Mondiale0:19:51
130Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:20:13
131Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:20:15
132Felix Großschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:20:38
133Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 132 - Cell 2
134Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:20:39
135Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 134 - Cell 2
136Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 135 - Cell 2
137Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 136 - Cell 2
138Nicolas Dougall (RSA) Dimension DataRow 137 - Cell 2
139Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin0:21:21
140Jakub Kaczmarek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:21:39
141Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:22:03
142Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 141 - Cell 2
143Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 142 - Cell 2
144Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 143 - Cell 2
145Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 144 - Cell 2
146Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 145 - Cell 2
147Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 146 - Cell 2
148Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team SkyRow 147 - Cell 2
149Marko Kump (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 148 - Cell 2
150Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-DrapacRow 149 - Cell 2
151Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 150 - Cell 2
152Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 151 - Cell 2
153Conor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue SportRow 152 - Cell 2
154Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 153 - Cell 2
155Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 154 - Cell 2
156Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension DataRow 155 - Cell 2
157Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 156 - Cell 2
158Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue SportRow 157 - Cell 2
159Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 158 - Cell 2
160Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 159 - Cell 2
161Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La MondialeRow 160 - Cell 2
162Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-ScottRow 161 - Cell 2
163Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue SportRow 162 - Cell 2
164Taco Van Der Hoorn (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 163 - Cell 2
165Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Sunweb0:22:40
166Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 165 - Cell 2
167Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:22:54
168Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team0:23:51
169Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky0:24:48
DNFLawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 169 - Cell 2
DNFReinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 170 - Cell 2
DNFJuan Jose Lobato (Spa) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 171 - Cell 2
DNSDavide Martinelli (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 172 - Cell 2
DNSSébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJRow 173 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Route de Gruyère - 100.2 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors3pts
2Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Route de Transit - 139.7 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie3pts
2Larry Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Finish Line Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Larry Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport10pts
2Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale2Row 4 - Cell 3
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KOM 1 - Col des Mosses - 116. km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Larry Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport12pts
2Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale2Row 4 - Cell 3
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KOM 2 - Villars-sur-Ollon - 150.2 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Larry Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport20pts
2Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team15Row 1 - Cell 3
3Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo10Row 2 - Cell 3
4Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin6Row 3 - Cell 3
5Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale4Row 4 - Cell 3
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Suisse Riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale3:49:42
2Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ0:01:58
3Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:07:43
4Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:13:20
5Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-AlpecinRow 4 - Cell 2
6Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-ScottRow 5 - Cell 2
7Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo0:15:34
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