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Andreas Kron (Lotto Soudal) took victory on stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse, even though he crossed the line half a bike length behind Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) in the uphill finish. Kron became the ultimate stage winner after he complained about the Colombian’s swerve in the closing metres, and race officials concurred that an improper deviation had been taken by Costa, moving him to second on the stage.
The final breakaway group that survived the final climb into Disentis-Sendrun included Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain Victorious), who avoided the chaos and settled for third.
Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) continued his 26-second lead over Jakob Fuglsang (Astana-Premier Tech) in the general classification, with Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) in third and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) in fourth. Costa moved to 10th overall, 3:37 back.
The other significant change in the overall was the absence of Lucas Hamilton (Team BikeExchange), who was sitting sixth overall through the first five stages, 1:31 down. He was one of four riders on the Australian team – Luke Durbridge, Amund Grøndahl Jansen, Jack Bauer and Hamilton - to abandon the Tour de Suisse before the start in Fresch due to gastroenteritis.
Because of snow-covered passes and impassable roads, the stage was shortened to 130.1 kilometres before the stage race began, but still included sizeable climbs on the north side of the Gotthard Pass (8.5km at 7.2 per cent) followed by the Lukmanier Pass (18km at 5.6 per cent). Alaphilippe made some noise by going in the early breakaway on the Gotthard Pass, but Ineos Grenadiers and UAE Team Emirates would stay aggressive on that descent and chase down the threat.
It was Kron who was the first to attack on the Lukmanier climb, and he would be part of a group of 40 riders who hit the final climb together, just 10km to the finish. From the multiple attacks that followed, Kron found his was into the final three-man selection and then the stage win.
The penultimate stage of the Tour de Suisse is the second time trial of the week, a 23.2km race against the clock from Disentis-Sedrun to Andermatt. It includes one significant climb, the 9.5km ascent of Oberalppass, at 6.5 per cent average gradient, and then a technical descent into Andermatt.
|1||Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Soudal||3:14:52|
|2||Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates|
|3||Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain Victorious||0:00:01|
|4||Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team||0:00:03|
|5||Pierre Latour (Fra) Total Direct Energie|
|6||Hugo Houle (Can) Astana-Premier Tech|
|7||Neilson Powless (USA) EF Education-Nippo|
|8||Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Jumbo-Visma|
|9||Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe||0:00:50|
|10||Andreas Leknessund (Nor) Team DSM||0:01:00|
|1||Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers||20:00:31|
|2||Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana-Premier Tech||0:00:26|
|3||Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe||0:00:38|
|4||Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep||0:00:53|
|5||Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education-Nippo||0:01:11|
|6||Michael Woods (Can) Israel Start-up Nation||0:01:32|
|7||Sam Oomen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma||0:02:19|
|8||Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Team BikeExchange||0:02:22|
|9||Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos||0:03:10|
|10||Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates||0:03:37|
Tour de Suisse date: June 6 to 13, 2021
Start: Frauenfeld, Switzerland - 2:17 to 5:20 p.m. (CET)
Finish: Andermatt, Switzerland - 12:45 to 5:20 p.m. (CET)
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The 2021 Tour de Suisse will begin June 6 for a total of 1,013 kilometres of racing and 17,844 metres of altitude gain across eight days. Absent from the race calendar last year due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, it was the first cancellation of the Tour de Suisse since the Second World War.
This year’s 84th edition begins in Frauenfeld with an 11-kilometre time trial, the first of two races against the clock for the week. The route heads counter-clockwise to the Lake Zurich region, across the Mittelland into Valais and culminates in the heart of the Alps for the 159.5-km Queen stage on June 13.
World Champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) will make his first appearance at the Swiss stage race in his build up for the Tour de France. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) are among the big names set to join Alaphilippe, as well as Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo-Visma), who makes a return racing after a fourth-month break to reassess his career and desire for life as a professional rider.
The 2019 race was won by a 22-year-old Egan Bernal of Team Ineos. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) has won a record 17 stages since 2011, including the points classification a record eight times.
2021 Tour de Suisse route
The first half of the Tour de Suisse 2021 begins with a fast time trial and will have one flat finish for the sprinters plus two hilly stages for fast finishes. The second half is all about climbing, with a mountain time trial and the three-peaked alpine circuit of the Furka-Grimsel-Sustenpass.
Because of heavy snows in the high alpine region and updates from affected regions for snow removal and planned opening dates of Alpine passes, organisers of the Tour de Suisse have recently made adjustments to stages 6 and 8.
Stage 6 from Fiesch to Disentis-Sedrun on June 11 has been reduced from 162km to 130km but still has more than 3,100 metres of climbing. The race will not use the Nufenen Pass, the highest road in the country, as originally planned. The race will go over the north side of the Gotthard Pass into Ticino, from there as planned over the Lukmanier Pass to Disentis-Sedrun.
The 8th and final stage was adjusted due to the closure of Susten Pass. While the elevation gain has been slightly reduced by less than 100 metres, it is still 3,560 metres of ascending over 160km, the distance increasing from 118km. The route now leads from Andermatt over the Oberalp Pass, the Lukmanier into the Leventina and via the south side of the Gotthard Pass back to a summit finish at Andermatt.
2021 Tour de Suisse stages
- Stage 1, June 6 - Frauenfeld to Frauenfeld, 10.9km (ITT)
- Stage 2, June 7 - Neuhausen at the Rhine Falls to Lachen, 173km
- Stage 3, June 8 - Lachen to Pfaffnau, 185km
- Stage 4, June 9 - St. Urban to Gstaad, 171km
- Stage 5, June 10 - Gstaad to Leukerbad, 172km
- Stage 6, June 11 - Fiesch - Disentis to Sedrun, 130km
- Stage 7, June 12 - Disentis - Sedrun to Andermatt, 23.2km (ITT)
- Stage 8, June 13 - Andermatt to Andermatt, 160km
2021 Tour de Suisse teams
- UAE Team Emirates
- Qhubeka Assos
- Lotto Soudal
- Israel Start-Up Nation
- Ineos Grenadiers
- Team DSM
- Team BikeExchange
- Astana-Premier Tech
- AG2R Citroën Team
- Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
- EF Education-Nippo
- Swiss Cycling Team
- Total Direct Energie
- Rally Cycling
- Bahrian Victorious
Tour de Suisse 2021
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