Tour de Suisse: Sagan claims stage 5 in Cevio

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse in Cevio in emphatic style. The two-time World Champion lit the afterburners as the peloton rounded the final curve and had plenty of time to do a hula-style celebration as he sailed across the line.

Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott) had to settle for second place while Matteo Trentin, after a strong lead-out from his Quick-Step Floors team, came home in third place. Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing) finished safely inside the bunch to keep his position at the top of the general classification.

Quick-Step Floors and Trek-Segafredo battled and supremacy as the bunch entered the final kilometre, but Sagan kept a watchful eye on it all as he sat a few riders back in the bunch. When Team Sunweb’s Nikias Arndt tried to mug the group with 400 metres to go, Sagan was wise to the move and was quick to free himself of the peloton and launch his sprint.

Swinging from right to left, Sagan began chasing him down. Arndt looked nervously over his shoulder, sensing the storming Sagan behind him. In the end, the world champion screamed past Arndt as if he was on fast forward and the German had accidentally hit pause. With 200 metres still to run, Sagan only extended his lead so that he had a clear margin over the following riders.

Albasini did his best to chase back Sagan as Arndt faded but he had no answer to the power of the Bora-Hansgrohe rider.

How it unfolded

The fifth stage of the Tour de Suisse would be a mixed day with the Simplonpass on the menu midway through the afternoon but a flat finish giving an opportunity to some of the sprinters. After the success of Larry Warbasse (Aqua Blue Sport) from the breakaway the day before, there were plenty of riders trying to get up the road following the start in Bex.

With so many riders looking for their 15 minutes of fame in the escape, it proved increasingly difficult for a move to stick. Time and again the breakaway hopefuls were brought back into the peloton, and it wasn’t until after 70 kilometres that something finally went clear.

Arman Kamyshev (Astana), Ben King (Dimension Data), Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal), Sam Bewley (Orica-Scott), Lars Petter Nordhaug (Aqua Blue Sport) and Jesper Asselman (Roompot) were the lucky six that eventually went up the road. After a ferocious start that saw the peloton riding almost 20 minutes ahead of schedule, the BMC team of race leader Damiano Caruso sat up and allowed the gap to grow out. By the time the leaders hit the major climb of the day, the Simplonpass, they had almost six minutes’ advantage over the pack behind.

After a harmless excursion into a field earlier in the week, Miguel Ángel López (Astana) had a much harder fall on the descent of the Simplonpass. The defending champion immediately left the race and was taken to hospital for further examination. It was a big blow for López, who looked to be coming into form after missing much of the early part of the season.

Race motorbikes have been a talking point in recent years and a group of them almost got caught up in the action as Nordhaug tried to get himself back into the breakaway group and they struggled to get past. Meanwhile, his former companion Kamyshev had been taken back into the clutches of the peloton.

Nordhaug did eventually regain contact with the other four but as the heavens opened upon them and UAE Team Emirates turned up the chase, the Norwegian decided to sit up along with Wallays. King and Asselman opted to prolong the torture for a little while longer and forged on together. Behind them, a concerted effort from BMC Racing, Trek-Segafredo and UAE Team Emirates saw to it that they weren’t going to get too much further.

The catch was eventually made with six kilometres remaining after Lars Boom (Astana) tried and failed to bridge the gap. By this stage, the rain had relented and it was a straightforward battle for the sprint teams.

Bora-Hansgrohe kept relatively quiet in the closing kilometres, allowing their rivals to do most of the grunt work. Philippe Gilbert wound things up for Quick-Step Floors and while he held off the likes of Trek with his efforts, they were not enough to dampen the challenge coming from Sagan. Knowing it was likely his only chance, Arndt tried to go long, but Sagan had his number too and he stormed to yet another win at the Tour de Suisse, the 14th in his career.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe5:15:50
2Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-ScottRow 1 - Cell 2
3Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 2 - Cell 2
4Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-DrapacRow 3 - Cell 2
5Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Michael Matthews (Aus) Team SunwebRow 5 - Cell 2
7Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 6 - Cell 2
8Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Aaron Gate (NZl) Aqua Blue SportRow 8 - Cell 2
10Owain Doull (GBr) Team SkyRow 9 - Cell 2
11Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 10 - Cell 2
12John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-SegafredoRow 11 - Cell 2
13Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 12 - Cell 2
14Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) AG2R La MondialeRow 14 - Cell 2
16Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 16 - Cell 2
18Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 17 - Cell 2
19Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 18 - Cell 2
20Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team SunwebRow 19 - Cell 2
21Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJRow 20 - Cell 2
22Ben King (USA) Dimension DataRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 22 - Cell 2
24Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJRow 23 - Cell 2
25Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-AlpecinRow 24 - Cell 2
26Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-AlpecinRow 25 - Cell 2
27Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 26 - Cell 2
28Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension DataRow 27 - Cell 2
29Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-HansgroheRow 28 - Cell 2
30Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step FloorsRow 30 - Cell 2
32Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team SkyRow 31 - Cell 2
33Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 32 - Cell 2
34Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 33 - Cell 2
35Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 34 - Cell 2
36Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team SkyRow 35 - Cell 2
37Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-AlpecinRow 36 - Cell 2
38Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La MondialeRow 40 - Cell 2
42Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension DataRow 41 - Cell 2
43Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 42 - Cell 2
44Larry Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue SportRow 43 - Cell 2
45Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 44 - Cell 2
46Lars Boom (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 45 - Cell 2
47Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-DrapacRow 46 - Cell 2
48Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 47 - Cell 2
49Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 48 - Cell 2
50Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 49 - Cell 2
51Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-MeridaRow 50 - Cell 2
52Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 51 - Cell 2
53Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-AlpecinRow 52 - Cell 2
54Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 53 - Cell 2
55Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-ScottRow 54 - Cell 2
56Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 55 - Cell 2
57Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJRow 56 - Cell 2
58Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension DataRow 58 - Cell 2
60Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team SunwebRow 59 - Cell 2
61Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 60 - Cell 2
62Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 61 - Cell 2
63Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-MeridaRow 63 - Cell 2
65Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Daan Olivier (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 65 - Cell 2
67Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Cannondale-DrapacRow 66 - Cell 2
68Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 67 - Cell 2
69Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 69 - Cell 2
71Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJRow 70 - Cell 2
72Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 71 - Cell 2
73Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 72 - Cell 2
74Kevin Reza (Fra) FDJRow 73 - Cell 2
75Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJRow 74 - Cell 2
76Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 75 - Cell 2
77Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:19
78Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:22
79Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 79 - Cell 2
81Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Sebastian Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 82 - Cell 2
84Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 83 - Cell 2
85Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 84 - Cell 2
86Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-DrapacRow 85 - Cell 2
87Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 86 - Cell 2
88Philip Deignan (Irl) Team SkyRow 87 - Cell 2
89Alberto Losada (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 88 - Cell 2
90Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 89 - Cell 2
91Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team SkyRow 91 - Cell 2
93Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension DataRow 92 - Cell 2
94Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto SoudalRow 93 - Cell 2
95Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 94 - Cell 2
96Jan Bárta (Cze) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:37
97Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:39
98Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:42
99Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 98 - Cell 2
100Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:44
101Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:50
102Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:00:58
103Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:01:04
104Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Aqua Blue Sport0:01:28
105Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo0:01:30
106Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:01:34
107Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-Scott0:02:06
108Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek-SegafredoRow 107 - Cell 2
109Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott0:02:10
110Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:04:16
111Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:04:52
112Joseph Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:09:46
113Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step FloorsRow 112 - Cell 2
114Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 113 - Cell 2
115Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La MondialeRow 114 - Cell 2
116Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 115 - Cell 2
117Felix Großschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 116 - Cell 2
118Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 117 - Cell 2
119Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 118 - Cell 2
120Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 119 - Cell 2
121Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 120 - Cell 2
122Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 121 - Cell 2
123Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 122 - Cell 2
124Javier Moreno (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 123 - Cell 2
125Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 124 - Cell 2
126Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue SportRow 126 - Cell 2
128Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct EnergieRow 127 - Cell 2
129Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension DataRow 128 - Cell 2
130Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 129 - Cell 2
131Georg Preidler (Aut) Team SunwebRow 130 - Cell 2
132Jakub Kaczmarek (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 131 - Cell 2
133Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 132 - Cell 2
134Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 133 - Cell 2
135David De La Cruz (Spa) Quick-Step FloorsRow 134 - Cell 2
136Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 135 - Cell 2
137Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 136 - Cell 2
138Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-DrapacRow 137 - Cell 2
139Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 138 - Cell 2
140Rob Power (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 139 - Cell 2
141Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
142Roy Curvers (Ned) Team SunwebRow 141 - Cell 2
143Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:10:40
144Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:12:02
145Cedric Pineau (Fra) FDJ0:15:43
146Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 145 - Cell 2
147Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue SportRow 146 - Cell 2
148Marko Kump (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 147 - Cell 2
149Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 148 - Cell 2
150Albert Timmer (Ned) Team SunwebRow 149 - Cell 2
151Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 150 - Cell 2
152Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 151 - Cell 2
153Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension DataRow 152 - Cell 2
154Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 153 - Cell 2
155Conor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue SportRow 154 - Cell 2
156Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue SportRow 155 - Cell 2
157Ryan Anderson (Can) Direct EnergieRow 156 - Cell 2
158Rein Taaramäe (Est) Katusha-AlpecinRow 157 - Cell 2
159Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 158 - Cell 2
160Taco Van Der Hoorn (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 159 - Cell 2
161Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 160 - Cell 2
162Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 161 - Cell 2
163Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky0:27:50
DNFJonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 163 - Cell 2
DNFLuke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 164 - Cell 2
DNFRuben Plaza (Spa) Orica-ScottRow 165 - Cell 2
DNFMiguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 166 - Cell 2
DNFValerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 167 - Cell 2
DNSJesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 168 - Cell 2
DNFValerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 169 - Cell 2
DNFRuben Plaza (Spa) Orica-ScottRow 170 - Cell 2
DNFJonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 171 - Cell 2
DNFLuke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 172 - Cell 2
DNFMiguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 173 - Cell 2
DNSJesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 174 - Cell 2
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Sprint 1 - Via Cantonale, 200. km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij6pts
2Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Ben King (USA) Dimension Data1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Via Cantonale, 209.3 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij6pts
2Ben King (USA) Dimension Data3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe10pts
2Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida2Row 4 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 - Simplonpass, 120. km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Aqua Blue Sport20pts
2Ben King (USA) Dimension Data15Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij10Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal6Row 3 - Cell 3
5Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-Scott4Row 4 - Cell 3
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Mountain 2 - Druogno, 167.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Ben King (USA) Dimension Data3pts
2Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Aqua Blue Sport2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal1Row 2 - Cell 3
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