Chaves 17th on stage 5 of Tour de SuisseWed 17 Jun 2015
Colombian climber Esteban Chaves has finished 17th on a tough stage five of the Tour de Suisse.
At 237.3km, the stage was the longest of the 2015 Tour de Suisse. It also contained two hors category climbs, including one to finish.
Chaves was ORICA-GreenEDGE’s top finisher, two-minutes 35seconds behind solo winner Thibaut Pinot (FDJ). The effort moves him into 13th overall, three-minutes 12seconds behind Pinot who also took the race lead.
“After the race Esteban was a bit down,” sport director Neil Stephens said. “He tried his best but couldn’t do anymore.”
“Whilst he was a little upset, we were anything but.
“It was a beautiful mountain but one of the most demanding mountains I’ve seen in a long time. He gave it a shot, on the last climb he was there with the last ten riders and just got shelled from there.
“Sure we would have like to do better, but it was no disaster and it’s another step forward for Esteban Chaves.”
Eight riders formed the main move of the day and at the start of the first climb already had a nine-minute advantage to a relaxed peloton.
They lost a small amount of time over the ascent but regained it and more, entering the final 90km of racing with over ten minutes advantage.
At the start of the final climb, inside the final 20km, the gap still sat at five minutes, but the break fractured with its difficulty.
Clearly the strongest, Stefan Denifl remained out in front solo.
Unfortunately for the IAM Cycling rider, the general classification riders began to race from behind and Thubaut Pinot (FDJ) caught him with a kilometre and a half remaining and went on for the victory.
Tomorrow’s stage 6 from Wil to Biel/Bienne is a 193.1km lumpy day, potentially one for the quick men.