Albasini jumps across to the breakaway on stage two Tour de SuisseSun 10 Jun 2018
Local Swiss rider Michael Albasini took his chances on today's second road stage at the Tour de Suisse jumping across to a trio of breakaway riders in the final section of the race.
In the end, the day concluded with a bunch sprint won by Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) with Mitchetlon-SCOTT's highest placed finisher, Jack Haig finishing on the same time to remain in contention overall.
Three riders, Filippo Zaccanti (Nippo-Fantani), Perrig Quemeneur (Team Denmark) and Calvin Watson (Aqua Blue) formed the breakaway of the day and hovered ahead around two minutes.
Albasini makes his move
As the trio remained ahead, local Swiss rider Michael Albasini took his chances and made a strong effort to bridge across to the leaders with 55kilometres to go.
Once Albasini was present in the move, the peloton sensed the danger as the group sat one minute 30seconds ahead and the tempo in the bunch increased.
Despite his efforts, finally Albasini and the trio of leaders were swallowed up with 27kilometres to go and the firework of attacks came.
Seven riders opened up a small advantage but with many teams willing to do the work to keep the race together they were brought back with five kilometres to go as more attacks came. Finally the race stayed together and concluded with a bunch sprint.
Mitchelton-SCOTT, without any pure sprinters finished in 37th place but remain in contention overall after two days of racing.
"Today was good, the breakaway went away quite easily and I think everyone in the peloton was happy it was a small little group the road.
"Quickstep-Floors took the control as they have Fernando Gaviria and Philippe Gilbert here and also Bora-Hansgrohe.
"On the three final laps, they rode quite controlled until we got to the final lap where Bora made it difficult to drop the sprinters. It came down to a decent size bunch at the end. The plan was for Albasini to be aggressive and take a chance to see if something could happy rather than trying to sprint.
"Wth the GC myself and Roman Kreuziger are still in there. I am still hurting a little since the Giro with the TTT yesterday, hopefully as the week progresses on I will feel better and better with more racing in the legs."
Tour de Suisse stage 2 results:
1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 3:50
2. Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors) ST
3. Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin) ST
37. Jack Haig (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
General classification after stage 2:
1. Stefan Kung (BMC) 4:10
2. Greg van Avermaert (BMC) +0:03
3. Richie Porte (BMC) ST
15. Jack Haig (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:32
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