Hayman in the break on stage 7 before climbers take control on final ascent at Tour de SuisseFri 16 Jun 2017
2016 Paris-Roubaix champion and road captain Mathew Hayman represented ORICA-SCOTT in the early breakaway on stage seven of the Tour de Suisse today.
Hayman was amongst a large group of 18 riders that formed early in the 160km. The escapees rode out to a maximum four-minute advantage before being reeled in at the bottom of the tough final 15km climb to the line.
Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) took a dominant stage win to move into the overall lead whilst Carlos Verona finished as ORICA-SCOTT’s top rider in 24th position, 5’14” adrift.
“Sometimes when you are rolling around in the bunch the easiest thing to do is to go with the moves which was the case with Mathew Hayman today,” sport director Neil Stephens said. “He really didn’t spend that much energy to get in the break or being out there.”
“The boys did a good job at placing Carlos into the foot of the climb in a reasonably good position and he rode the climb at his own rhythm. He finished pretty empty but he has moved up a couple of spots on the general classification and that’s great.
“We are pretty ambitious and we’d really like to do something tomorrow but let’s just see how the guys pull up after today’s effort.”
How it happened:
A mostly downhill opening 100km saw a large breakaway of 18 riders try their luck on stage seven.
Hayman represented Australian outfit ORICA-SCOTT and together they rode out to a four-minute advantage.
The margin was never enough to play with in what was a brutal 15km climb to the finish and as it was, the general classification teams were keen to see the race back together before the ascent even started.
The aggressive approach continued on the final climb, with the race only briefly back together before it once again split under the pressure at the front.
Just two kilometres into the climb and the front group was already stripped to the major contenders.
Inside the final 10km, Spilak had attacked and was alone at the front of racing with Verona the best placed rider on the road for ORICA-SCOTT.
The dominant performance by Spilak earnt him a solo victory, 22seconds ahead of Ion Isagirre Insausti (Bahrain-Merida) in second place.
Tour de Suisse – Stage 7 Results:
1. Simon Spilak (Katusha Alpecin) 3:58:36
2. Ion Isagirre Insausti (Bahrain Merida) +0:22
3. Joseph Dombrowski (Cannondale-Drapac) +0:36
24. Carlos Verona (ORICA-SCOTT) +5:14
Tour de Suisse – General Classification after stage 7:
1. Simon Spilak (Katusha Alpecin) 26:02:16
2. Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing) +0:52
3. Steven Kruijswijk (Lotto-Jumbo) +1:05
16. Carlos Verona (ORICA-SCOTT) +11:42