First mountain test at the Tour of Swiss see's a switch up in the overall standings

Tue 13 Jun 2017

Today’s stage four in the Tour of Suisse was the first real day for the general classification contenders with a mountain top finish in Villars-sur-Ollon.

Carlos Verona was the highest finisher for ORICA-SCOTT in 23rd place as riders crossed the line one-by-one after late attacks shattered the peloton.

One rider from the breakaway, Lawrence Warbasse (Aqua Blue), survived to the finish line to take a solo victory with Damiano Caruso (BMC) crossing the line 40seconds behind to move into the overall race lead. 

“Today we saw the start of the second part of the Tour of Switzerland with a big mountains stage,” sport director Neil Stephens explained. “Today really started the serious part of the race and the battle for the overall.”

“We wanted to try with the two Spanish guys Ruben Plaza and Verona and also gave Rob Power the chance to have a go. Unfortunately they weren’t able to go with the best of the guys on the final climb.

“They gave it a good shot but once we weren’t there around the mark with the front bunch they just took it easy and waited to have a go another day.

“It wasn’t a great day for us here but hopefully we will be able to something on another stage.”

How it happened:

Today’s stage four of the race left no room to hide with a first category climb and a Hors Category summit finish at the end of the 150kilometre stage.

The first real mountainous test saw the race kick off with a breakaway forming in the early part of the stage. 

Four riders, Lars Boom (Lotto-Jumbo), Larry Warbasse (Aqua Blue), Antonio Duchesne (Direct Energie) and Nick Van der Lijke (Roompot) gained an advantage of six minutes within the opening 40kilometres.

The leaders worked well together and achieved a maximum advantage of eight minutes before the peloton decided it was time to slowly draw them back in as they headed up the penultimate climb.

The leaders lost one rider as they began the ascent of the final climb but still maintained an advanatge of four and a half minutes. Behind the main general classifications began attacking and the peloton disintergrated.

Verona was the first rider across the line for ORICA-SCOTT in 23rd place, which moves him into 19th place as the general classification switches up once again with Caruso as the new leader.

Tour de Suisse stage 4 results:

1. Lawrence Warbasse (Aqua Blue) 3:48:55
2. Damiano Caruso (BMC) +0:40
3. Steven Kruijswijk (Lotto-Jumbo) +0:40
23. Carlos Verona (ORICA-SCOTT) +3:26

General classification after stage 4:

1. Damiano Caruso (BMC) 12:08:35
2. Steven Kruijswijk (Lotto-Jumbo) +0:15
3. Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R Mondaile)  +0:24
17. Carlos Verona (ORICA-SCOTT) 3:26

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