Tour de Suisse: Pozzovivo takes emphatic win on La Punt

Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale) rode to victory and into the yellow jersey on stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse, catching lone leader Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac) at the top of the Albulapass and then dropping him on the wet descent to the line.

The Italian was third overall at the start of the day with a 25-second deficit to Damiano Caruso, so there was a tense wait after the BMC rider crossed the line in a fragmented GC group 15 seconds back, with Pozzovivo's 10 bonus seconds putting them dead level on time. In the end the organisers put Pozzovivo atop the standings.

Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) was second on the stage, four seconds behind Pozzovivo, with Ion Izaguirre taking third alongside him in a three-man group that also included Pozzovivo's teammate Mathias Frank.

Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) and Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) were next across the line, followed shortly by a desperate Caruso, who had responded time and again to the attacks on the final climb.

Also in that fragmented GC group were Mikel Nieve (Team Sky), Marc Soler (Movistar), and Pello Bilbao (Astana). The latter moved into the top 10 overall at the expense of Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky), who attacked on the final climb before falling away.

A crestfallen Woods crossed the line in 10th place. He made the breakaway that went clear after 40 or so kilometres on the San Bernadino climb, one of two big climbs on the 166.7km stage from Locarno to La Punt-Chamues.

The former runner attacked early on the Albulapass, a 15km hors-categorie ascent, and it looked like he was on his way to his first victory as a fully-fledged professional, until the GC riders started attacking each other. It was Pozzovivo's dig, less than four kilometres from the summit, that did for him, and the Italian joined him over the top for the 9.7km run to the line – made up of a plateau and a descent.

As the rain began to lash down, Pozzovivo's experience, perhaps, made the difference as Woods struggled with the lines on the descent. Caruso and the GC group were advancing, but the 34-year-old did enough to hold them off and take his first victory since 2015.

"This is a very important victory, a WorldTour race, and the first big race for me after the Giro, so it's a big satisfaction for the whole squad. I was waiting for a victory like this because I was very strong in the Tour of the Alps, and then had a good Giro," said Pozzovivo.

"The Giro was very hard but I came out of it with a good condition. Today was a very hard day with lots of climbing, but I'm really happy I was able to win."

How it unfolded

As was the case on Wednesday, there was a big fight to get into the breakaway, and the peloton remained as one all the way to the San Bernadino climb.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale4:38:49
2Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates0:00:04
3Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
4Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale
5Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:12
6Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
7Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:15
8Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:00:18
9Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team
10Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:21
11Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky0:00:24
12Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:34
13Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:40
14Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:46
15Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:56
16Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky0:02:22
17Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data
18Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
19Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida
20Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:36
21Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:11
22Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-Scott0:03:24
23Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team
24Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:04:29
25Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
26Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ0:05:21
27Daan Olivier (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
28Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:05:24
29Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ0:05:36
30Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:05:43
31Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data0:06:16
32Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-Merida
33Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ0:07:25
34Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:09:58
35Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates0:10:15
36Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team0:10:29
37Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac
38Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:11:32
39Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
40Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:11:59
41Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky
42Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:12:08
43Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie0:12:29
44Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-Drapac
45Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
46Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
47Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:12:33
48Alberto Losada (Spa) Katusha-Alpecin
49Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:12:38
50Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie0:12:41
51Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:13:19
52Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal
53Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
54Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie0:13:35
55Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky0:13:46
56Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb0:14:20
57Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:14:34
58Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport0:14:49
59Larry Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport0:15:07
60David De La Cruz (Spa) Quick-Step Floors
61Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe0:16:07
62Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:16:48
63Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky0:17:41
64Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
65Jakub Kaczmarek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
66Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:20:01
67Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:21:34
68Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:23:24
69Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb0:24:19
70John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
71Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC Racing Team
72Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team
73Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb0:24:35
74Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data0:24:39
75Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:24:59
76Jan Bárta (Cze) Bora-Hansgrohe
77Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors0:25:07
78Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin0:26:33
79Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott0:26:53
80Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
81Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-Scott0:26:59
82Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:27:40
83Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky0:30:11
84Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:30:22
85Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team
86Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:35:26
87Lars Boom (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
88Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Aqua Blue Sport0:35:29
89Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
90Sondre Holst Enger (Nor) AG2R La Mondiale
91Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin
92Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
93Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ
94Aaron Gate (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport
95Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
96Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
97Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team
98Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
99Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal
100Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
101Ben King (USA) Dimension Data
102Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
103Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin
104Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Drapac0:35:35
105Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac
106Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
107Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
108Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie
109Taylor Phinney (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
110Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb
111Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale
112Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo
113Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
114Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
115Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
116Rein Taaramäe (Est) Katusha-Alpecin
117Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
118Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
119Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal
120Ryan Anderson (Can) Direct Energie
121Jack Bauer (NZl) Quick-Step Floors
122Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
123Rob Power (Aus) Orica-Scott
124Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb
125Kevin Reza (Fra) FDJ
126Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data
127Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
128Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie
129Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky
130Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott
131Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Team Sky0:35:45
132Taco Van Der Hoorn (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
133Javier Moreno (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
134Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport
135Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data
136Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-Scott
137Adrian Kurek (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
138Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:35:49
139Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal
140Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:35:51
141Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
142Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
143Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie0:35:53
144Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:35:55
145Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Sunweb0:36:10
146Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport0:36:13
147Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:36:15
148Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie0:36:22
149Cedric Pineau (Fra) FDJ0:39:01
OTLMichel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport
OTLConor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport
DNFMatti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro Team
DNFMarko Kump (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
DNFLouis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNFJarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo
DNFFelix Großschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
DNFAlexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNFAlex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
DNFMartijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNFGeorg Preidler (Aut) Team Sunweb
DNFMatthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo
DNFTyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data
DNSTom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb
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Sprint 1 - Albulastrasse, 133.2 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal6pts
2Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida3
3Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac1
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Sprint 2 - Hauptstrasse, 142.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac6pts
2Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida3
3Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal1
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale10pts
2Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates8
3Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida6
4Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale4
5Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin2
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Mountain 1 - San Bernardino Pass, 66.5 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale20pts
2Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team Emirates15
3Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida10
4Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal6
5Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal4
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Mountain 2 - Albulapass, 157.4 km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac20pts
2Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale15
3Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates10
4Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team6
5Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky4
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1AG2R La Mondiale13:59:42
2Movistar Team0:01:25
3Bahrain-Merida0:05:27
4UAE Team Emirates0:09:00
5Team Sky0:11:30
6Cannondale-Drapac0:12:04
7FDJ0:15:07
8Katusha-Alpecin0:15:13
9Lotto Soudal0:16:07
10Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:19:06
11BMC Racing Team0:21:28
12Dimension Data0:30:02
13CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:30:07
14Direct Energie0:35:30
15Quick-Step Floors0:37:58
16Bora-Hansgrohe0:39:31
17Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:49:50
18Trek-Segafredo0:52:04
19Orica-Scott0:54:01
20Team Sunweb0:59:59
21Aqua Blue Sport1:02:10
22Astana Pro Team1:02:54
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General classification after stage 6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale22:03:28
2Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
3Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:00:13
4Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:22
5Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:23
6Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:35
7Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates0:00:54
8Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky0:01:19
9Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:01:42
10Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:03:02
11Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:03:06
12Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:36
13Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team Sky0:03:45
14Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:03:47
15Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data0:04:31
16Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:17
17Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac0:05:29
18Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-Scott0:06:40
19Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ0:07:28
20Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:09:09
21Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ0:09:55
22Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:10:08
23Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-Merida0:10:14
24Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida0:10:54
25Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:12:10
26Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data0:12:43
27Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:14:18
28Daan Olivier (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:15:53
29Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:15:56
30Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie