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Race notes

- Riders tackle Queen Stage with two Hors Categorie climbs and summit finish

- Multiple COVID cases affecting the race, several teams including UAE, Bahrain, Alpecin non-starters

- Germany's Nico Denz (DSM) narrowly takes the stage ahead of Clément Champoussin (AG2R-Citröen) in a dramatic sprint duel.

- After overnight race leader Vlasov tests positive for COVID-19 and is a DNS, Jakob Fuglsang (Israel-Premier Tech) successfully defends his newly inherited number one spot on GC despite late attack by Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers).

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Hello and welcome to the live coverage of stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse

Today is the Queen stage of the race, a 177.5 kilometre run from Locarno to Moosalp featuring two major Hors Categorie climbs and a summit finish at Moosalp. However...

The race is currently being hit by a wave of COVID-19 cases, with leader Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe) just one of numerous riders forced to withdraw this morning. And we're waiting to see what happens to the race under these extremely difficult circumstances. Rollout, in any case, is set for 1130.

For the latest updates on who has had to quit the Tour de Suisse overnight, Cyclingnews has an updated story here.

Here is the complete list of riders withdrawn from Tour de Suisse stage 6 that we know of to date. 25 in total, although we're expecting more.


- Stefano Oldani (Alpecin-Fenix)

- Jimmy Janssens (Alpecin-Fenix)

- Silvan Dillier (Alpecin-Fenix)

- Xandro Meurisse (Alpecin-Fenix)

- Sjoerd Bax (Alpecin-Fenix)

- Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

- Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates)

- Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates)

- Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates)-

- Joel Suter (UAE Team Emirates)

- Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates)

-Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe)

- Anton Palzer (Bora-Hansgrohe)

-Reto Hollenstein (Israel-Premier Tech)

-Sebastian Berwick (Israel-Premier Tech)

-Filip Maciejuk (Bahrain Victorious)

-Edoardo Zambanini (Bahrain Victorious)

-Johan Price-Pejtersen (Bahrain Victorious)

-Stephen Williams (Bahrain Victorious)

-Yukiya Arashiro (Bahrain Victorious)

-Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-EasyPost)

-Rigoberto Urán (EF Education-EasyPost)

-Hugh Carthy (EF Education-EasyPost)

-Alberto Bettiol(EF Education-EasyPost)

-Louis Vervaeke (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl)

Olivier Senn, Tour de Suisse director, said in an interview with multiple media a few minutes ago that following a meeting with teams representatives, commissaires, the UCI (by phone), riders representatives the race will go ahead. He also said that four teams have decided to withdraw including Jumbo-Visma yesterday, the others are Alpecin-Fenix, UAE Team Emirates and Bahrain Victorious.

More none-starters reported today, although tbc: Alex Aramburu (Movistar), Thomas Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers), Simone Petilli (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) and Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo). Four minutes to the neutralised start.

And the Tour de Suisse stage 6 is underway. 

A brief neutralised section now follows before racing proper starts at 1138. 

Stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse is 177.5 kilometres long from Locarno to Moosalp, and with 4,208 metres of vertical gain, is the toughest of the entire race. On the menu are two Hors Categorie ascents, the only two classified climbs of the day. The first, the Nufenenpass, peaks out at km 93 after 21 kilometres of climbing. The final climb to the finish is 18 kilometres long and has an average gradient of 8 percent.

At the moment the Tour de Suisse peloton is reported to contain 94 riders. Though this total could be altered shortly.

And stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse is underway and the first attacks have already started.

Following the DNS for overnight leader Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-hansgrohe), Jakob Fuglsang (Israel-Premier Tech) inherits Vlasov's place at the head of the general classification.

Just a reminder of the list of non-starters today. 

- Stefano Oldani (Alpecin-Fenix)

- Jimmy Janssens (Alpecin-Fenix)

- Silvan Dillier (Alpecin-Fenix)

- Xandro Meurisse (Alpecin-Fenix)

- Sjoerd Bax (Alpecin-Fenix)

- Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

- Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates)

- Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates)

- Alessandro Covi (UAE Team Emirates)-

- Joel Suter (UAE Team Emirates)

- Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates)

-Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe)

- Anton Palzer (Bora-Hansgrohe)

-Reto Hollenstein (Israel-Premier Tech)

-Sebastian Berwick (Israel-Premier Tech)

-Filip Maciejuk (Bahrain Victorious)

-Edoardo Zambanini (Bahrain Victorious)

-Johan Price-Pejtersen (Bahrain Victorious)

-Stephen Williams (Bahrain Victorious)

-Yukiya Arashiro (Bahrain Victorious)

-Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-EasyPost)

-Rigoberto Urán (EF Education-EasyPost)

-Hugh Carthy (EF Education-EasyPost)

-Alberto Bettiol(EF Education-EasyPost)

-Louis Vervaeke (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl)

-Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo)

-Alex Aranburu (Movistar)

-Thomas Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers)

28 riders in total. There's still a questionmark over whether Simone Pettili (intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) is present or not.

And here's a photo of the stage 6 startline with Jakob Fuglsang in the leader's jersey. No changes in the other secondary classifications: Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo), Andrea Leknessund (DSM) in the points and Andreas Kron (Lotto-Soudal) in the BYR jersey.

Jakob Fuglsang was the new race leader as the Tour de Suisse continued on Friday

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155 kilometres to go

Early stage skirmishing continues but nobody is managing to get clear.

145 kilometres left to race

Amidst the flurry of early attacks, a leading group forms  of three riders containing Fausto Masnada (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl, Quentin Pacher (Groupama-FDJ) and Nelson Oliveira (Movistar). Then about 10 seconds back there's a group of seven riders: Jose Herrada (Cofidis), Clement Champoussin (AG2R-Citröen), Roland Thalmann (Switzerland), Dion Smith (BikeExchange-Jayco), Andrea Pasqualon (Intermarché-Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Brent Van Moer (Lotto-Soudal) and King of the Mountains leader Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo). Then a further 11 seconds back is Nico Denz (DSM). So three groups up the road. The gap between the bunch and the leading trio at the head of the race is just over a minute.

And now the two lead groups have fused. So we have Fausto Masnada (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl, Quentin Pacher (Groupama-FDJ), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Jose Herrada (Cofidis), Clement Champoussin (AG2R-Citröen), Roland Thalmann (Switzerland), Dion Smith (BikeExchange-Jayco), Andrea Pasqualon (Intermarché-Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Brent Van Moer (Lotto-Soudal) and King of the Mountains leader Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo) in one group. Nico Denz (DSM) is fast closing on these 10 and Michael Matthews (BikeExchange-Jayco) has counterattacked from the bunch.

143 kilometres to go.

Denz reaches the 10 breakaways ahead

It's been a ferociously fast start. Average speed so far 51.4kmh. Just as well it's a really flat stage today. Oh hang on...

137 kilometres to go

After that fraught start (not to mention a very fraught pre-stage scenario) it looks like we finally have our break of the day:  Fausto Masnada (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl), Quentin Pacher (Groupama-FDJ), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Jose Herrada (Cofidis), Clement Champoussin (AG2R-Citröen), Roland Thalmann (Switzerland), Dion Smith (BikeExchange-Jayco), Andrea Pasqualon (Intermarché-Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Brent Van Moer (Lotto-Soudal),  King of the Mountains leader Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo) and Nico Denz (DSM).  All with a gap of 1-20 on the bunch.

Michael Matthews (BikeExchance-Jayco) remains out there in no-mans land between the 11-rider break and the peloton, about a minute back. Meanwhile, the bunch appears to be easing up considerably.

And what was a gap of 1:20 between the 11 riders ahead and the bunch just a few kilometres has now more than doubled to over 3 minutes. 

134 kilometres to go

The road is steadily climbing, incidentally, and will continue to do so right until the summit of the Nufenenpass, the first of two Hors Categorie climbs of the day. The Nufenenpass officially begins 21 kilometres from the summit, with an average gradient of 6 percent. But even 20 kilometres before that where the peloton is now, the road is already winding relentlessly upwards.

A report from my colleague Stephen Farrand on how the Tour de Suisse will continue for now with constant re-evaluations of the COVID-19 situation in the race is available on this link here.
Albeit with some major differences, the current scenario is unpleasantly reminiscent of what happened prior to the first outbreak of the COVID pandemic, with a major race battling to continue even as a large number of riders quit.

130 kilometres to go

Dion Smith (BikeExchange-Jayco) drops back to give teammate Matthews assistance to bridge across to the leading break and they quickly rejoin the move at the head of the race. 12 riders up front, then.

127 kilometres to go

Leading group of 12 riders  now containing Fausto Masnada (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl, Quentin Pacher (Groupama-FDJ), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Jose Herrada (Cofidis), Clement Champoussin (AG2R-Citröen), Roland Thalmann (Switzerland), Dion Smith and Michael Matthews (BikeExchange-Jayco), Andrea Pasqualon (Intermarché-Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Brent Van Moer (Lotto-Soudal), King of the Mountains leader Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo) and Nico Denz (DSM). Worth noting that BikeExchange-Jayco are the only team with two riders up front, and 11 of the ongoing Tour de Suisse 18 teams represented. Gap on the bunch:  4:05.

120 kilometres to go

And the gap between the 12-rider move and the bunch edges out to 4:25. The leader's team Israel-Premier Tech post one rider at the front of the peloton, but given Fausto Masnada (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) is the best placed of the riders ahead at 9-04 on GC, it's more symbolic than the start of a whole-hearted pursuit.

And here's a picture of the break. Yet another sunny day in the Tour de Suisse, with temperatures already at 27 degrees, though things should cool downwards as the race heads upwards.

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110 kilometres to go

Ten kilometres further on and the gap for the dozen riders ahead has now grown another 30 seconds, to just under 5 minutes. Back in the bunch, Ineos Grenadiers take over policing duties from Israel-Premier Tech

The leaders of the Tour de Suisse s6 have now reached the bottom of the Nufenen pass, the first of the two Hors Categorie climbs on today's stage and the first major mountain challenge of the race.

With 24.5 kilometres of ascending now to come, the Nufenen is a long old climb in anybody's book, even if according to the race live ticker, it averages a fairly gentlre 5.5 percent overall.
However, that's partly because the first 4 kilometres of the climb are fairly flat then the remainder is mostly about 7-9 percent, although the steepest segment  peaks out at 14 percent.  The Nufenen is also the highest paved mountain pass (though not the highest road) in Switzerland, at 2,478 metres above sea level, so perhaps not surprisingly  is 'the ceiling' of this year's Tour de Suisse.

97 kilometres to go

And the gap is now up to nearly 6:00 for the 12 riders ahead. 

A striking image of the Tour de peloton heading through a tunnel on the ascent of the Nufenen pass.

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Just a few updates on the new leader of the Tour de Suisse Jakob Fuglsang (Israel-Premier Tech) and his race history. The Dane has been hitting the GC goalposts for over a decade in the Tour de Suisse, with a third place in 2010 behind Frank Schleck and Lance Armstrong, a fourth in 2011, second in 2018 behind Richie Porte, and third in 2021 behind Richard Carapaz and Rigoberto Urán, the latter one of the multiple DNS today. He's never taken a stage win, but with that kind of previous, history alone says he's a serious contender for keeping that lead all the way to Sunday.

90 kilometres to go

The race is still on the Nufenen and there's 6 kilometres to go to the top. Fausto Masnada (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) turns on the heat in the breakaway and one of the two BikeExchange-Jayco riders present, Dion Smith, is dropped.

Roland Thalmann (Switzerland) is also struggling in the break, which is now down to 10 riders.

And we've just hit the point where there's less vertical climbing metres left to tackle (1,991 as I type) compared to those already covered (2,152) in today's stage. 

87 kilometres to go

Three kilometres to the summit of the Nufenen and while Thalmann has made it back into the break,  after being dropped Smith has reportedly sat up and will likely be caught by the bunch. The gap between break and peloton is now 7:30, while Astana-Qazaqstan have taken over from Ineos Grenadiers and Israel-Premier Tech on the front of the bunch.

84.5 kilometres to go

And as the 11 leaders cross the summit of the Nufenen, there are still 40 riders in the yellow jersey group. 6:18 is the gap.

The first rider across the summit of the Nufenen was Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo),  considerably boosting his total number of points as  leader of the King of the Mountains classification. Smith has been caught by the bunch, who are still on their way up the climb roughly 6 minutes back.

80 kilometres to go

And as the Tour de Suisse comes off the country's highest paved mountain pass of the Nufenen, the race faces a long, long descent of roughly 40 kilometres before the next setpiece flashpoint of the stage, a hot spot sprint at Naters (km 140.7). 5:37 the gap.

And a reminder of the 11 riders ahead:  Fausto Masnada (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl), Quentin Pacher (Groupama-FDJ), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Jose Herrada (Cofidis), Clement Champoussin (AG2R-Citröen), Roland Thalmann (Switzerland), Michael Matthews (BikeExchange-Jayco), Andrea Pasqualon (Intermarché-Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Brent Van Moer (Lotto-Soudal), King of the Mountains leader Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo) and Nico Denz (DSM).

72 kilometres to go

Coming off the Nufenen, the riders are flying down a broad, well-surfaced 'A'-road. Gap between the break and the bunch is staying stable at 5:34.

First abandon of the day: Kyle Murphy of Human Powered Health.

A shot of the Tour de Suisse peloton as it headed up the Nufenen, at 2,478 metres above sealevel Switzerland's highest paved mountain pass, a few minutes ago. 

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62 kilometres to go

Israel-Premier Tech head the chase in a strung-out peloton on the descent from the Nufenen, with stage 4 winner Daryl Impey leading the way at speeds of nearly 100 kmh. Lots of riders spraying bottles of water over their heads, trying to cool down even on a long descent like this one.

After the first of the two Hors Categorie climbs, the Nufenen, leader Fuglsang still has 3 teammates from Israel-Premier Tech to support him for the second and last.

53 kilometres to go

The pace in the bunch eases perceptibly and the gap for the break rises equally rapidly, to 6:25 and counting. 

As the unspoken truce continues between break and peloton, there's an interesting piece by my colleague Stephen Farrand on Tadej Pogačar's thoughts on the current series of COVID-19 outbreaks here.

Pogačar has, of course, just won stage 3 of the Tour of Slovenia, and moved into the overall lead. You can read our report on that latest success for the UAE Team Emirates racer here.

41 kilometres to go

Meanwhile back at the Tour de Suisse, the gap on the break is currently stable at just under 7 minutes. Astana-Qazaqstan place a man on the front of the bunch to keep things under control. 

37 kilometres to go

Michael Matthews (BikeExchange-Jayco), Andrea Pasqualon (Intermarché-Wanty-Groupe Gobert) duke it out for the first hot spot sprint of the day while the rest of the break displays a notable lack of interest.  Matthews gets it.

If Matthews gets another first place in the second and last hot spot sprint  of today's stage at Visp, about 10 kilometres further on, he'll oust stage 2 winner Andreas Leknessund (DSM) as provisional leader of the points competition. And then, you'd suspect, it'll be mission accomplished for the Australian today.

30 kilometres to go

Fairly well-distributed collaboration from the break, but neither they nor the peloton appear to be pushing it yet. A Hors Categorie summit finish looming fast on the horizon does tend to have that effect: 6:20 the gap.

25 kilometres go

Matthews goes for it alone and uncontested in the second and last sprint of the day. He's now provisionally moved into the lead of the points classification.

24 kilometres to go

Israel-Premier Tech have once again picked up the pace in the bunch and the gap has now shrunk once again to 5-50.

A second abandon on stage 6: Claudio Imhof (Switzerland).

20 kilometres to go

A quick reminder of the 11 riders up front as we head past the 20 kilometres to go banner and their advantage drops slightly, to 5:25. They're Fausto Masnada (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl, Quentin Pacher (Groupama-FDJ), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Jose Herrada (Cofidis), Clement Champoussin (AG2R-Citröen), Roland Thalmann (Switzerland), Michael Matthews (BikeExchange-Jayco), Andrea Pasqualon (Intermarché-Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Brent Van Moer (Lotto-Soudal), King of the Mountains leader Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo) and Nico Denz (DSM.)

And we're just about to start the second and last Hors Categorie ascent of stage 6, which has the finish at its summit. The Moosalp is 17.6 kilometres long with an average gradient of 7.5 percent. The first part is the steepest, while the last 5 3 kilometres ease back to around 5 percent.

The start of the Moosalp takes its time to steepen, and as it does so, Matthews begins to struggle in the front group.

15.5 kilometres to go

Wow, that didn't take long.  The front group is falling apart completely and Nico Denz (DSM) and  Quentin Pacher (Groupama-FDJ) move ahead.

15 kilometres to go

Denz and Pacher are caught by KoM leader Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo) and Fausto Masnada (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl). 5:16 the gap on the bunch.

Pacher is dropped from the lead group of four. That leaves us with Simmons, Masnada and Denz on the front, with Masnada, just as he did on the Nufenen pass, doing a lot of the pace-setting.

14 kilometres to go

Denz, Simmons and Masnada have 20 seconds on Clement Champoussin (AG2R-Citröen), Jose Herrada (Cofidis) and Pacher. 5-17 from head of the race to the bunch. 

13.5 kilometres to go

Masnada makes a sustained acceleration in the break but no dice.

13 kilometres to go

Meantime back in the peloton it's not exactly thrill-a-minute as Ineos Grenadiers keep as sustained but not overly powerful pace on the front. 5-30 the gap.

12 kilometres to go

On the front the stalemate continues as Denz, Simmons and Masnada fend off the closest chase group of Champoussin and Herrada by roughly 20 seconds. The gap on the bunch is stable at 5-25.

Unusually for Tour de Suisse mountain summit finishes, the Moosalp is not the usual broad highway but mostly a much narrower mountain road. Very well surfaced though.

11.5 kilometres to go

Simmons is dropped from the head of the race leaving us with Denz and Masnada out front.

11 kilometres to go

At the head of the race, Fausto Masnada (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) piles on the pressure, with Nico Denz (DSM) shadowing him behind. 5-30 the gap on the bunch.

10.5 kilometres to go

No change back in the main bunch. Dylan van Baarle (Ineos Grenadiers) leads a peloton of about 25 riders.

9 kilometres to go

Nico Denz (DSM) and Fausto Masnada (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) have a lead of about 30 seconds on Clement Champoussin (AG2R-Citroën) and Jose Herrada (Cofidis), with the bunch at 5:44.

And Alexey Lutsenko (Astana-Qazaqstan) attacks from the bunch. Overall, he's more than 10 minutes down on the race leader, so it doesn't provoke much reaction.

8.2 kilometres to go

Israel-Premier Tech move to the front of the bunch for race leader Jakob Fuglsang. 

7 kilometres to go

Denz and Masnada continue to lead over the peloton by roughly 5:30.

Denz or Masnada? Masnada looks to be the stronger of the two, with his previous win on a very hilly stage in the Tour of Oman this spring and his last WorldTour victory dating back from the 2019 Giro d'Italia, when he took a transition stage in the first week. He's also got a second place last year in Il Lombardia and a second place overall in Oman in his palmares. Denz' last victory dates from the Tour of Slovakia in 2020.

6 kilometres to go

Two Israel-Premier Tech teammates set the pace at the front of a bunch around 15 strong for race leader Fuglsang, with a delegation of EF Education-EasyPost riders shadowing them closely. But there's no actual attacks on the GC front yet.

And for all Masnada is still looking strong, the climb is taking its toll. The gap on the leaders is dropping fast now, to 3:30.

5 kilometres to go

And the gap on the peloton is still plummeting, down to 2-07.

4.5 kilometres to go

Ion Izagirre (Cofidis) makes a move in the bunch and Fuglsang reacts in person. The GPS seems to be going a shade crazy in the heat, with the gap back up to 5 minutes.

3.5 kilometres to go

Herrada and Champoussin finally reach Denz and Masnada at the front.

3.3 kilometres to go

Champoussin, Denz, Masnada and Herrada still together on the front.

Meanwhile back in the bunch, Fuglsang has been brought back and Martínez leads the string for Ineos Grenadiers and Geraint Thomas. 

3 kilometres to go

Masnada's driving on again, and the lead group is  briefly reduced to himself, Denz and Champoussin, as Herrada falls off the pace, but then regains contact.

2.5 kilometres to go

Bunch of some 12 riders is now timed at 4:54 again. Martínez still driving away.

2 kilometres to go

The four man group at the front eases up a little, then accelerates then eases up again. They know they've got the win in their legs but which one?

1.5 kilometres to go

A long acceleration from Masnada, but it doesn't break the string. This is the easier part of the climb and it shows.

Last kilometre!

Still more skirmishing, but nobody's going clear in the front group of four: Masnada, Denz, Champoussin and Herrada.

Masnada is leading but the other three are staying easily on his wheel. And now Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo) has got back on

Simmons makes a long drive with 200 metres to go but Clement Champoussin (AG2R-Citröen) accelerates past him, and so does Nico Denz (DSM).

Nico Denz (DSM) wins stage 6 of the 2022 Tour de Suisse.

Clément Champoussin (AG2R-Citroën) gets second and Jose Herrada (Cofidis) places third.

Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) reportedly tries an attack in the group of favourites but Sergio Higuita (Bora-Hansgrohe) clamps it down. 

Thomas leads in the favourites in eighth place, 2:14 back. Fuglsang, 10th, remains in the overall lead.

That was a spectacular final sprint. Simmons started the final charge for the line but Champoussin charged past one side of the American, Denz the other. The Frenchman and German then battled it out for the line, but Denz just got the call by the bare minimum.

Thomas late surge inside the barriers was chased down by Higuita, but Fuglsang wasn't far back. The GC, already pretty topsy-turvy after all the abandons this morning, will have been shaken up again.

And the GC as stands has Jakob Fuglsang (Israel-Premier Tech) leading by just one second on Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) and 10 on Sergio Higuita (Bora-Hansgrohe). Neilson Powless (EF Education-EasyPost) has also moved up the GC ladder and is now fourth at  26 seconds. And quite apart from Thomas breathing down his neck, with 10 riders at less than 2 minutes on Fuglsang, the GC battle is far from over.

Simmons may have had to settle for fourth in the stage, but after claiming top sport over the first Hors Categorie of the day, the Nufenen, as well, the American's hold on the King of the Mountains classification is considerably strengthened.

Some words from the stage winner, Nico Denz of DSM, who claims his team's second victory of the 2022 Tour de Suisse:
"A lot of thanks to the team car and staff who managed to keep me cool with water and ice the whole day, I think that was really the key. The last climb I just hung on, I was fighting to stay with Masnada, he almost cracked me,  but he also obviously was on the limit."

And here's a picture of Denz just outpacing Champoussin at the finish of stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse.

MOOSALP SWITZERLAND JUNE 17 LR Stage winner Nico Denz of Germany and Team DSM and Clment Champoussin of France and AG2R Citren Team sprint at finish line during the 85th Tour de Suisse 2022 Stage 6 a 1775km stage from Locarno to Moosalp 2048m ourdesuisse2022 WorldTour on June 17 2022 in Moosalp Switzerland Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

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And there's a full  2022 Tour de Suisse stage 6 report, results and photos from CN on this link here.

As for tomorrow's stage 7, it's maybe not quite as hard as stage 6, with just over 3,000 metres of vertical climbing, compared to 4,208 metres today, but it still promises to be a humdinger.
That's because stage 7 features the second major summit finish of the race, at the end of a 198 kilometre run from Ambri to Malbun, located in the neighbouring mini-state of Liechtenstein.
There's a  long first category ascent, the Lukmanier pass at km 77 but the real challenge will be the Malbun, a Hors Categorie climb of 12.8 kilometres at a gruelling 8.4 percent. This is the second straight day in the mountains, too, so the damage  inflicted could be considerable.
Sadly, of course, too, we'll be on tenterhooks in terms of what could happen overnight and whether the wave of COVID-19 cases that has done such damage to the Tour de Suisse line-up to date eases a little or if it continues to wreak havoc like today.

After stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse two new faces in the secondary classifications: Sergio Higuita (Bora-Hansgrohe) now leads the BYR competition, while Michael Matthews (BikeExchange-Jayco) heads the points ranking.

Here are some more pictures from the day's racing. 

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MOOSALP SWITZERLAND JUNE 17 A general view of the peloton passing through Nufenenpass 2478m during the 85th Tour de Suisse 2022 Stage 6 a 1775km stage from Locarno to Moosalp 2048m ourdesuisse2022 WorldTour on June 17 2022 in Moosalp Switzerland Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

A general view of the peloton passing through the Nufenenpass 2478m during the 85th Tour de Suisse 2022 Stage 6 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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MOOSALP SWITZERLAND JUNE 17 LR Stage winner Nico Denz of Germany and Team DSM and Clment Champoussin of France and AG2R Citren Team sprint at finish line during the 85th Tour de Suisse 2022 Stage 6 a 1775km stage from Locarno to Moosalp 2048m ourdesuisse2022 WorldTour on June 17 2022 in Moosalp Switzerland Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Stage winner Nico Denz of Germany and Team DSM and Clement Champoussin of France and AG2R Citroen Team sprint at finish line on Stage 6 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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MOOSALP SWITZERLAND JUNE 17 LR Fausto Masnada of Italy and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl and Nico Denz of Germany and Team DSM compete in the breakaway during the 85th Tour de Suisse 2022 Stage 6 a 1775km stage from Locarno to Moosalp 2048m ourdesuisse2022 WorldTour on June 17 2022 in Moosalp Switzerland Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Fausto Masnada of Italy and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl and Nico Denz of Germany and Team DSM (Image credit: Getty Images)
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MOOSALP SWITZERLAND JUNE 17 A general view of the peloton passing through Nufenenpass 2478m during the 85th Tour de Suisse 2022 Stage 6 a 1775km stage from Locarno to Moosalp 2048m ourdesuisse2022 WorldTour on June 17 2022 in Moosalp Switzerland Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

A general view of the peloton passing through Nufenenpass (Image credit: Getty Images)
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MOOSALP SWITZERLAND JUNE 17 Quinn Simmons of United States and Team Trek Segafredo Red Mountain Jersey Nico Denz of Germany and Team DSM and Fausto Masnada of Italy and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl compete in the breakaway during the 85th Tour de Suisse 2022 Stage 6 a 1775km stage from Locarno to Moosalp 2048m ourdesuisse2022 WorldTour on June 17 2022 in Moosalp Switzerland Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Quinn Simmons of United States and Team Trek Segafredo Nico Denz of Germany and Team DSM and Fausto Masnada of Italy and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl (Image credit: Getty Images)
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MOOSALP SWITZERLAND JUNE 17 Quinn Simmons of United States and Team Trek Segafredo Red Mountain Jersey Nico Denz of Germany and Team DSM and Fausto Masnada of Italy and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl compete in the breakaway during the 85th Tour de Suisse 2022 Stage 6 a 1775km stage from Locarno to Moosalp 2048m ourdesuisse2022 WorldTour on June 17 2022 in Moosalp Switzerland Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Quinn Simmons of United States and Team Trek Segafredo Nico Denz of Germany and Team DSM and Fausto Masnada of Italy and Team QuickStep-Alpha Vinyl (Image credit: Getty Images)

And that wraps it up for the live  coverage from stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse today. More tomorrow.

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