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Verona spends the day in the breakaway on a tough Queen stage at the Tour de Suisse

Thu 15 Jun 2017

Spaniard Carlos Verona had a gutsy ride on today’s Queen stage at the Tour de Suisse after spending most of the stage in the breakaway. 

After relentless attacking in the opening 40kilometres, Verona finally found himself in a move that stuck. The breakaway remained out front until the final climb of the day, when a group of general classification favourites bridged across and from that Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R) becoming the eventual stage winner into a rainy La Punt.

Sports director Neil Stephens was happy with the situation which enabled Verona to have a chance to go for the stage victory and jump up slightly in the overall standings to 18th place.

“The plan of the day was to try and go with a move, get some riders up the front and eventually attack with Carlos,” said Stephens. “As it was, the boys worked really well together, they were communicating well, covering all the moves and finally Carlos got himself in a breakaway which was thanks to the work of the team.”

“There was very little chance of the move surviving all the way to finish but even then we decided to commit to the break.

“Carlos was trying as hard as he could right until the very end. Once the 'main' bunch finally caught him it was just a matter of limiting his losses even though it was really hard, basically riding a time trial to the finish.

“He was really quite empty but I think he will have moved up in the classification so it was definitely worth his efforts today.”

How it happened:

The Queen stage of the Tour of Suisse took over 40kilometres for the breakaway to establish. After multiple failed attempts, finally a group of nine riders took off ahead of the peloton.

ORICA-SCOTT were represented in the move with Verona, as the group grew their advantage out to two minutes.

The leaders weren’t given much freedom, hovering no more than three minutes all day. BMC Racing team began the initial chase as Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac) attacked away from the breakaway and led into the final 10kilometres solo.

Finally Carlos and the remaining breakaway riders were caught by a group of GC favourites that bridged across with Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R) going away from the group, bridged across to the leader Woods.

In the end Pozzovivo claimed the stage victory with Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing team) finishing second to remain in the overall race lead and Verona the highest ORICA-SCOTT rider on the general classification on 18th.

Tour de Suisse result after stage 6:

1. Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R) 4:38:49
2. Rui Costa (UAE) +0:04
3. Ion Izaguirre (Bahrain Merida) ST
22. Carlos Verona (ORICA-SCOTT) +3:24

General classification after stage 6:

1. Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R) 22:03:28
2. Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing team) ST
3. Steven Kruiswijk (Lotto-Jumbo) +0:13
18. Carlos Verona (ORICA-SCOTT) +6:40

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