Third on the stage for Matthews as Durbridge remains third overall at the Tour de Suisse

Sun 12 Jun 2016

World championship silver medallist Micheal Matthews sprinted to third place today on stage two of the Tour de Suisse, after an impressive lead-out from ORICA-GreenEDGE train.

The Australian outfit delivered Matthews into the final metres, but as Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) opened up the sprint first, Matthews lost momentum and had to settle for third spot with Sagan snatching the stage honours.

Sport director Neil Stephens praised the team efforts today, riding tactically well as one unit throughout the entire stage.

"The boys had a cool head today," said Stephens after the finish. "They all knew exactly what to do and when to do it."

"We had a little hiccup when Durbridge was caught up in a crash, and that meant we had one less lead-out guy.

"It was fantastic lead out, really well timed we took the lead of the race coming into the final kilometres when the road narrowed slightly and the boys showed full commitment today and did a great job in the whole lead out.

"Anyone who saw the lead-out could see how the race was actually splitting up behind and in fact our last lead out man, Magnus Cort even ran a place himself.

"Of course the main objective was to give Michael the best chance to win the stage, we certainly gave him that but we were beaten by a better man, the world champion Sagan today."

Along with the fantastic teamwork today, Luke Durbridge had a notable performance, chasing back on to the peloton after being caught out in a crash within the final 25kilometres. His efforts to regain contact means he remains in third place on the general classification going into tomorrow's stage three. 

How it happened:

Similar to yesterday's prologue, stage two started and finished in Baar under grey skies and rain showers. The 187km stage consisted of four laps with a challenging climb and undulating roads to contend with each lap.

Not long into the stage a breakaway of four riders formed - Marcel Wyss (IAM Cycling), Sebastien Minard (AG2R), Mathias Krizek (Team Roth) and Antwan Tolhoek (Roompot). The quadruplet worked well together riding out to a four minute advantage with Trek-Segafredo setting the tempo at the head of the peloton, controlling the distance between the groups.

The rain continued to pour down on the riders and as the race arrived with one lap to go (47kilometres) the escapees hovered just one minute and twenty seconds ahead of the race.

As the breakaway were finally caught the peloton began to pick up momentum as teams prepared themselves for a fast final with the potential for a bunch sprint.

With the bunch all in tact and the speed high for the final a few crashes occurred, with Durbridge caught out and had a hard fight to return to the peloton along with several others.

The Australian outfit executed a perfect lead out in the final kilometres controlling the race to deliver Matthews. Sagan started his sprint first and sprinted to victory with Matthews and Cort finishing third and fourth respectively.

Tomorrow the team head into stage third remaining third on the general classification just six seconds down.

Tour de Suisse stage 2 results:

1. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) 4:35:19
2. Maximiliano Richeze (Etix-Quickstep) ST
3. Michael Matthews (ORICA-GreenEDGE) ST

General classification after stage 2:

1. Jurgen Rolandts (Lotto-Soudal) 4:42:56
2. Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) +0:01
3. Luke Durbridge (ORICA-GreenEDGE) +0:06