Haig remains 13th overall after the penultimate stage at the Tour de Suisse

Sat 16 Jun 2018

Australian Jack Haig remains in 13th place overall after today's penultimate stage of the Tour de Suisse, crossing the line in 13th place in a bunch sprint. 

The sprint teams controlled the day which allowed Arnaud Demare (FDJ) to sprint to victory and the general classification to remain the same heading into tomorrow's final stage, an individual time trial.

Four-man move

The short 123kilometre penultimate stage was raced over six laps in Bellinzona and a four man breakaway formed in the opening kilometres.

The race leading team BMC and sprint teams worked to control the distance to the escapees, not allowing them much more than a two minute lead.

All for a bunch sprint

With many of the teams wanting a bunch sprint, the pace was high allowing no riders to attack from the peloton as the breakaway hovered ahead, only to be caught with five kilometres to go.

The leadout trains assembled at the front and the sprint was hotly contested with Mitchelton-SCOTT's highest finisher Haig, on the same time as the bunch to leave no changes to the GC.

Jack Haig

"Today wasn't too bad, the small breakaway got away relatively easy but the circuit actually wasn't that easy. It was technical in points and a bit windy today. Once again the boys did a good job of looking after me in the crucial points especially where there could have potentially been splits.

"All in all, it was a fairly stress free stage and the circuit we raced on today is almost exactly the same as the circuit we will race on tomorrow, for the TT, there's just a little bit added on, so it was nice to get extra recon of the circuit."

Tour de Suisse stage 8 results:

1. Arnaud Demare (FDJ) 2:41
2. Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors) ST
3. Alexander Kristoff (UAE) ST
13. Jack Haig (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

General classification after stage 8:

1. Richie Porte (BMC) 28.47
2. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) +0:17
3. Wilko Kelderman (Team Sunweb) +0:52 
13. Jack Haig (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +2:56

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