Safe finish for ORICA-GreenEDGE on rainy stage 6 of Tour de SuisseThu 18 Jun 2015
On a rainy stage six of the Tour de Suisse, all the ORICA-GreenEDGE riders finished in the peloton, 0.07 off the winner Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo), who took the win with a sprint finish.
Colombian rider Esteban Chaves, who is still battling it out in the general classification, lying in 13 position, 3.12 minutes off the leader Thibaut Pinot (FDJ.fr), finished safely in the bunch as he looks ahead to the last three days of the race.
“Today wasn’t a particular target for us,” sport director Neil Stephens said. “Mathew Hayman and Daryl Impey said they would give the final a go, but once it was wet and there were a couple of crashes in the finish they decided against it.”
“But the main thing is that everyone got through it safely, Esteban got through it safely, and we live to fight another day.”
The 193.1km stage 6 starting in Wil and ending in Biel/ Bienne was always going to be one for the sprinters, with just one noteworthy climb in the middle of the race, but the heavy rain didn’t make conditions easy for any of the riders.
With a four-man breakaway for much of the race, the peloton caught the front pack with just over a kilometre to go, after a fruitless chase from two Movistar riders. As the leaders negotiated the last tight corner, it was Sagan who sprinted away to take the win, with the peloton, and the ORICA-GreenEdge riders, just seven seconds behind.
The Tour de Suisse continues tomorrow with a 164.6km stage 7 from Biel/Bienne to Dudingen, which again is likely to suit the sprinters despite the last 800 metres being uphill.