Quiet day for ORICA-GreenEDGE on another mountainous stage at the Tour de Suisse

Fri 17 Jun 2016

It was a fairly uneventful day for ORICA-GreenEDGE on another mountenous stage of the Tour de Suisse, all finishing the day safetly in the main bunch.

Stage seven provided the final summit finish of the tour with a challenging 12.3kilometre climb up to the line, averaging at 10.4percent. An early breakaway of two riders animated the 224kilometre stage, eventually being caught with just five kilometres remaining.

Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) attacked in the final kilometres and went on to win the stage solo, with ORICA-GreenEDGE riders finishing further back in the main peloton after another solid day in the saddle.

"The team were focused around Luke Durbridge and Chris Juul-Jensen today," Sport director Neil Stephens. "The guys were keeping them out of the wind and keeping their food supplies up."

"Over the last couple of days, as we predicted before the race started, we haven't had too much to focus on with these climber stages.

"Durbridge had a great prologue, he was on fire then so he is going to give the time trial a crack tomorrow and so we've been trying to help him through these last stages.

"For Chris, It will be his last hit out on his time trial bike before his national championships so they are both looking to have a handy ride." 

How it happened: 

Finally a day without rain at the Tour de Suisse as the riders took to the start with sunshine ahead of a long 224kilometre stage. 

After around 20kilometres of racing three riders formed the breakaway of the day, Mathias Braendle (IAM Cycling), Iljo Keisse (Etixx-Quickstep) and Tolhoek Antwan (Roompot) and rode out to an eight minute advantage. 

Antwan was eventually dropped as the other two riders maintained a solid lead for the majority of the stage, it came down to the final climb up to the finish when the duo were swallowed up.

At the finish the conditions deteriorated with snow falling in the cold temperatures, and with less than four kilometres to go Van Garderen attacked and took the victory. 

ORICA-GreenEDGE did their best throughout the stage to look after the two guys on the six and a half hour day in the saddle, ahead of the individual time trial tomorrow. 

Tour de Suisse stage 7 results:

1. Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) 6:26:16

2. Miguel Lopez (Astana) +0:16

3. Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin) ST

44. Michael Matthews (ORICA-GreenEDGE) +12:15

General classification after stage 7:

1. Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin) 29:09:53

2. Miguel Lopez (Astana)+0:21

3. Andrew Talansky (Cannondale) +0:24

43. Chris Juul-Jensen (ORICA-GreenEDGE) +39:35