Breakaway Contests Stage Six Tour de Suisse VictoryThu 13 Jun 2013
A four rider breakaway contested the stage six victory at the Tour de Suisse. Gregory Rast (Radioshack Leopard Trek) won on home soil, crossing the line 10’43 ahead of Peter Sagan (Cannondale), who proved quickest in the field sprint. Cameron Meyer finished on bunch time to maintain his tenth place position on the general classification ahead a decisive day in the mountains tomorrow.
Yesterday, Sport Director Matt White predicted that today’s stage would be one for the escape group. With that in mind, the team’s objective was to help Michael Albasini get up the road.
“We wanted someone in the move today,” explained White. “We knew there was a very good chance that the peloton would allow the break to stay away to the finish. This sort of stage has Michael Albasini’s name written all over it.”
Albasini managed to put himself in the first notable escape of the day. The move was short-lived.
“Cannondale chased down the first break,” noted White. “The next break of the day was the one that stayed away. It took nearly an hour to establish. No team expressed interest in chasing. It was a bit of a Mexican stand-off.”
Eventually BMC started to ride tempo in defence of race leader Mathias Frank. The American squad allowed the break to open up a maximum advantage of more than 14 minutes.
“The gap grew to the point of no return,” White said. “It would have taken a very big commitment from a couple of teams to bring it back at that point, and there weren’t enough teams showing any interest. I think the week of racing has caught up with a lot of riders. Everybody seemed content to leave the stage to the break.”
Rast outfoxed his breakmates to take the solo stage victory in Meilen. Sagan won the bunch kick, good for fifth place to pick up maximum points in towards the sprint jersey.
“We didn’t contest the sprint today,” White said. ““We decided to play it safe and conserve ahead of a hard stage tomorrow. Stage seven will be all about supporting Cam over the two categorised climbs that come ahead of the hors categorie Albulapass at the end of the stage. He’ll do his own thing up that last climb, and we’ll do everything we can to keep him as fresh as possible up until that point.”