Tour de Suisse: Tolhoek wins stage 6

Baby-faced assassin Antwan Tolhoek (Jumbo-Visma) soloed to the win on the first mountain stage of the Tour de Suisse. The Dutch rider held off a late charge from Tour de France contender Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) to claim his maiden WorldTour win. Francois Bidard (AG2R La Momdiale) finished third on the stage 6 finish in Flumserberg on a day that changed the overall complexion of the race and saw Peter Sagan lose his overnight lead.

"It's really special for me, three years ago I was here with Roompot and I won the mountain jersey here in such a big race like this one," Tolhoek said. "I was really happy here and now I've taken my first pro victory here at the WorldTour level, it's really special for me. Also, the way we rode as a team over the last few days, we are only five guys and we keep fighting every day. My teammates were pulling really hard today and I'm so happy I was able to finish it off.

"I heard in the radio [Egan Bernal had attacked] but I didn't want to look back because the last year in California he beat me. I was saying to myself, this can't happen today, I will win today and I'm really happy with it."

Tolhoek was part of the early break and went into the final climb with a two-minute advantage over the chasing field. The 25-year-old was quick to establish his dominance on his breakaway companions and although he was briefly joined by a handful of riders from the 25-man break the Jumbo-Visma rider was head and shoulders above the opposition.

The only scare came when Team Ineos set an electric pace in the final 3km of the climb as they looked to set up Bernal. The Colombian blew the GC group apart with a vicious acceleration and although he cut through the remnants of the early break he was unable to topple the determined Tolhoek.

The Jumbo-Visma rider could only afford to celebrate when he rounded the final corner and had the line in sight. Bernal finished 17 seconds down with Bidard a further seven in arrears.

The result moved Bernal into the lead with Rohan Dennis (Bahrain Merida) doing enough on the final climb to move into second. The Australian was unable to follow the pure climbers like Bernal but set his own pace on the last ascent and is a favourite to win the stage 8 time trial after also winning the opening individual test on stage 1.

Patrick Konrad (Bora hansgrohe) finished third on the stage and moved into third on GC but there were significant time losses for several GC hopefuls. Enric Mas lost 1:08 on the stage, while Marc Soler faired marginally better, losing 46 seconds.

How it unfolded

After the sprint stages, Thursday was the first chance for the GC riders and climbers to flex their muscles at the Tour de Suisse.

On the descent of the first climb a break of 25 formed with Gian Friescke, Claudio Imhof, Simon Pellaud (Swiss national squad), Rui Costa, Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates), Bert-Jan Lindeman, Antwan Tolhoek (Jumbo-Visma), Robert Stannard, Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott), Stan Dewulf, Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto Soudal), Francois Bidard, Aurelien Paret Peintre (AG2R La Mondiale), Daniel Oss (Bora-Hansgrohe), Luis Mas (Movistar), Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb), Kevin Geniets (Groupama-FDJ), Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida), Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Tom Scully (EF Education First), Paddy Bevin (CCC Team), Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin), Ben King (Dimension Data), Pim Ligthart (Total-Direct Energie) and, Colin Joyce (Rally UHC).

They established a lead as the kilometres raced by and with 30km to go the advantage stood at 4:12 over the bunch. A wrong turn saw Trentin, Joyce, and Imhof briefly distance the rest of the break but with the final ascent to Flumserberg to come all thoughts turned to the first major ascent of this year's race.

At the foot of the climb and with the leading trio caught, Ben King set the pace. He was quickly passed by Tolhoek who had no intention of finding a companion to work with. Mas and then Bevin made it across to create a leading trio but only the CCC rider offered Tolhoek any assistance.

Rui Costa and Bidard set-up a counter attack but with 4.5km to go Tolhoek, Bevin and Mas still had over a minute on the Ineos peloton and 30 seconds on the rest of the break. With 3.3km to go Tolhoek made his next move, and this time there was no response from Mas or Bevin who remained rooted to his saddle. The only question was whether the Dutch rider had enough of an advantage on the main field.

It looked too close to call when Kenny Ellisonde set a blistering pace that only Bernal and a handful of contenders could follow and within a blink of an eye the Colombian was clear and cutting through the break with ease. He rushed passed Bevin and Mas as if they were standing still and made Rui Costa look ordinary as up ahead Tolhoek's shoulders began to rock his face tightened with pain.

But even Bernal couldn't keep his pace at such incredible speeds and he too slowed inside the final kilometre as the road rose once more. It was all Tolhoek needed to ensure he claimed a maiden win at this level.


Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma2:43:34
2Egan Bernal (Col) Team Ineos0:00:17
3François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:24
4Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team0:00:29
5Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:31
6Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team0:00:38
7Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates0:00:44
8Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
9Patrick Schelling (Swi) Switzerland0:00:46
10Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
11Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team
12Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-Merida
13Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb0:00:52
14Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:01:08
15Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:11
16Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sunweb0:01:15
17Sergio Henao (Col) UAE Team Emirates0:01:20
18Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:22
19Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:25
20Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First0:01:26
21Brandon McNulty (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:01:38
22Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:39
23Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Astana Pro Team
24Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
25Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:01:45
26Matteo Badilatti (Swi) Switzerland0:01:49
27Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar Team
28Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJ0:01:52
29Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Dimension Data0:01:55
30Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie
31Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team Ineos0:01:59
32Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin
33Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
34Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First0:02:11
35Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJ0:02:16
36Marc Hirschi (Swi) Team Sunweb0:02:24
37Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:32
38Roland Thalmann (Swi) Switzerland0:02:39
39Kevin Geniets (Lux) Groupama-FDJ
40Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
41Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb0:03:09
42Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team
43Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin
44Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:25
45Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team0:03:37
46Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
47Gino Mäder (Swi) Dimension Data0:04:13
48Simon Pellaud (Swi) Switzerland
49Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
50enny Elissonde (Fra) Team Ineos0:04:53
51Ben King (USA) Dimension Data0:04:57
52Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie0:05:01
53Pim Ligthart (Ned) Direct Energie
54Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct Energie0:05:34
55Ben Swift (GBr) Team Ineos0:06:05
56Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team
57Pierre-Roger LaTour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
58Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb
59Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:06:38
60Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team
61Andrea Garosio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
62Timo Roosen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
63Rodrigo Contreras (Col) Astana Pro Team0:07:02
64Michael Schär (Swi) CCC Team0:07:32
65Willem Jakobus Smit (RSA) Katusha-Alpecin0:07:40
66Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC Team0:07:42
67Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:07:53
68Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data0:08:17
69Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb0:08:22
70Michael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-Scott0:08:40
71Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
72Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:09:31
73Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:09:41
74Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:10:16
75Gian Friesecke (Swi) Switzerland0:10:18
76Claudio Imhoff (Swi) Switzerland
77Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First
78Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:10:30
79Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Mitchelton-Scott
80Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:11:01
81Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
82Colin Joyce (USA) Rally UHC Cycling
83Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb0:11:15
84Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
85Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates0:11:36
86Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ
87Fabian Lienhard (Swi) Switzerland
88Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) CCC Team
89Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
90Jay Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data
91Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal
92Larry Warbasse (USA) AG2R La Mondiale
93Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
94Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Dimension Data
95Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal
96Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Movistar Team
97Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) CCC Team
98Yuriy Natarov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
99Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
100Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin
101Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJ
102Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo
103Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
104Sam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott0:11:43
105Owain Doull (GBr) Team Ineos0:11:45
106Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:11:50
107Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:12:00
108Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates0:12:30
109Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:13:02
110Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:13:51
111Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:14:04
112Robin Carpenter (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:15:09
113Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal
114Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
115Gavin Mannion (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:15:44
116Ryan Anderson (Can) Rally UHC Cycling
117Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
118John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
119Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin
120Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First
121Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
122Svein Tuft (Can) Rally UHC Cycling
123Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First
124Carlos Cuesta Barbero (Spa) Movistar Team
125Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First
126Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
127Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
128Rob Britton (Can) Rally UHC Cycling
129Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:16:29
130Szymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC Team
131Jérôme Cousin (Fra) Total Direct Energie0:16:36
132Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie
133Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie
134Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:16:38
135Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:16:40
136Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Ineos
137Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:16:49
138Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:16:58
139Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
140Michael Mørkøv (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep
DNSOmar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team
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Sprint 1 - Staatsstrasse - 81.6km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott4pts
2Colin Joyce (USA) Rally UHC Cycling2
3Claudio Imhoff (Swi) Switzerland1
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Sprint 2 - Staatsstrasse - 105km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott4pts
2Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe2
3Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott1
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Finish – Flumserberg - 120.2km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma12pts
2Egan Bernal (Col) Team Ineos8
3François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale6
4Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team4
5Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida2
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Mountain 1 - Hauptstrasse - 70.9km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Colin Joyce (USA) Rally UHC Cycling3pts
2Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin2
3Claudio Imhoff (Swi) Switzerland1
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Mountain 2 - Flumserberg - 120.2km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma12pts
2Egan Bernal (Col) Team Ineos8
3François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale6
4Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team4
5Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida2
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Young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma2:43:34
2Egan Bernal (Col) Team Ineos0:00:17
3Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:44
4Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb0:00:52
5Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:01:08
6Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:25
7Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First0:01:26
8Brandon McNulty (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:01:38
9Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:39
10Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Astana Pro Team
11Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJ0:01:52
12Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:59
13Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
14Marc Hirschi (Swi) Team Sunweb0:02:24
15Kevin Geniets (Lux) Groupama-FDJ0:02:39
16Gino Mäder (Swi) Dimension Data0:04:13
17Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct Energie0:05:34
18Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team0:06:05
19Rodrigo Contreras (Col) Astana Pro Team0:07:02
20Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb0:08:22
21Stan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:09:31
22Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:10:16
23Gian Friesecke (Swi) Switzerland0:10:18
24Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:10:30
25Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:11:01
26Colin Joyce (USA) Rally UHC Cycling
27Tom Bohli (Swi) UAE Team Emirates0:11:36
28Yuriy Natarov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
29Enzo Wouters (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:15:09
30Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
31Szymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC Team0:16:29
32Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie0:16:36
33Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie
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General classification after stage 6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Egan Bernal (Col) Team Ineos18:40:18
2Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-Merida0:00:12
3Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:29
4Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro Team0:00:35
5Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:41
7Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:50
8François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:58
9Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:07
10Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sunweb
11Patrick Schelling (Swi) Switzerland0:01:12
12Enric Mas (Spa) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:01:17
13Sergio Henao (Col) UAE Team Emirates0:01:22
14Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:01:24
15Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:26
16Hugh John Carthy (GBr) EF Education First0:01:32
17Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First0:01:42
18Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar Team
19Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Team Ineos0:01:43
20Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:01:44
21Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:55
22Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:56
23Nicola Conci (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:02:05
24Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Dimension Data0:02:10
25Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJ0:02:13
26Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:17
27Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb0:02:20
28Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJ0:02:22
29Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Astana Pro Team0:02:24
30Kevin Geniets (Lux) Groupama-FDJ0:02:30
31Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:02:51
32Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:02:53
33Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team0:03:21
34Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:30
35Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:04:01
36Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:04:03
37Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb
38Marc Hirschi (Swi) Team Sunweb0:05:27
39enny Elissonde (Fra) Team Ineos0:05:43
40Ben Swift (GBr) Team Ineos0:06:24
41Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team0:06:41
42Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team0:06:53
43Gino Mäder (Swi) Dimension Data0:07:39
44Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott0:08:16
45Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:08:32
46Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:08:34
47Hector Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team0:09:07
48Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie0:09:14
49Michael Schär (Swi) CCC Team0:09:37
50Roland Thalmann (Swi) Switzerland0:10:03
51Simon Geschke (Ger) CCC Team0:10:23
52Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:10:26
53Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First0:10:32
54Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb0:10:33
55Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep0:11:12
56Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates0:11:16
57Michael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-Scott0:11:17
58Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb0:11:41
59Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Mitchelton-Scott0:11:57
60Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Katusha-Alpecin0:12:03
61Simon Pellaud (Swi) Switzerland0:12:45
62Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb0:12:55
63Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates0:13:36
64Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ0:13:43