Jack Haig remains in fifth place overall after the Queen stage at the Tour de Suisse

Thu 14 Jun 2018

Australian Jack Haig climbed to 11th place on today's Queen stage at the Tour de Suisse to remain in fifth place overall.

After three climbs on the stage profile, the breakaway survived all the way to the finish line with Soren Andersen (Team Sunweb) taking the stage victory and race leader Richie Porte (BMC) attacking away from the GC group in the final kilometres, to extend his overall lead in the Swiss race.

Hors Category Furkapass

In the opening stage before the race headed up the first Hors Category climb of the day, the Furkapass, a large breakaway group of 18riders formed with Mitchelton-SCOTT remaining within the main peloton.

After tackling the climb, riding up to 2429metres, the breakaway split leaving just 11riders in front around four minutes ahead.

Breakaway splits

On the descent of the climb, the dropped breakaway riders regained contact to create one large front group again. However, over the next lengthy climb, the 25kilometre Klausenpass, the breakaway split once again and continued to yo-yo back and forth eventually leaving just six riders at the head of the race.

The distance to the peloton increased out to almost five minutes with just 45kilometres remaining.  

Late chase

It was the race leaders BMC who led the chase throughout the stage, however, with 20kilometres to go the six leaders battled on hard and maintained an advantage of over three minutes.

Coming into the final five kilometres, the road went up again as Porte attacked from the now reduced main bunch and successfully bridged across to the leaders just before the line, to take valuable seconds to extend his lead overall.

Haig fought on behind to finish again just outside the top ten, in 11th place to keep his fifth place overall, now at 41seconds.

Jack Haig - 5th place overall

"It was another pretty tough stage with two super long climbs but once the breakaway went, which took a while to go, BMC basically set a hard tempo and we rode the climbs at a relatively solid pace. 

"It wasn't until the last 20km when it started to get interesting in the peloton, fighting into the bottom of the final climb. The boys did a great job of positioning me and looking after me today.

"I was in a good position and just tried to play it smart and limit my losses on the final climb thinking if it split it may come together again on the flatter part before the finish which it did.

"I kept fifth place on GC so now I just need to get through tomorrow and then the ITT."

Tour de Suisse stage 5 results:

1. Soren Andersen (Team Sunweb) 4:59
2. Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin) +0:10
3. Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) +0:24
11. Jack Haig (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:39

General classification after stage 5:

1. Richie Porte (BMC) 22:04:13
2. Wilko Kelderman (Team Sunweb) 0:32
3. Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb) +0:32
5. Jack Haig (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:41

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