Solo victory for Chris Juul-Jensen after a brave attack on the fourth stage of Tour de Suisse

Tue 12 Jun 2018

Dane Chris Juul-Jensen took an impressive victory today on the fourth stage of the Tour de Suisse after attacking away from the day's breakaway to win solo in tough, rainy conditions.

After spending all stage in the breakaway, Juul-Jensen jumped away with Nans Peters (AG2R) on the final climb of the day with 10kilometres to go.

The 28-year-old showed great determination by attacking solo in the final three kilometres to hold off the peloton by just eight seconds to claim his first victory of the season for Mitchelton-SCOTT.

Again in the breakaway

After racing aggressively and jumping across to the breakaway yesterday, Juul-Jensen took his chances once again by making it into the six-rider breakaway that formed within the opening kilometres of the 189km stage.

The Dane, along with other five escapees worked together to gain an advantage of over six minutes ahead of the peloton.

Breakaway believes

As the rirders entered the final half of the stage, the rain began to pour down and the leader's advantage plummeted down to two minutes.

With 10kilometres, to go on the final second category climb of the day, the breakaway riders started to believe they had a chance and began to attack one another which saw Juul-Jensen head away with Peters.

Touch and go

On the final descent to the finish line, the peloton swept up the other leaders leaving only Juul-Jensen and Peters out front as the weather condition continued to deteriorate further.

Peters actually distanced the Mitchelton-SCOTT rider and with the peloton sat just 20second behind, it looked like Juul-Jensen's chances were over. However, he continued to fight on to regain contact and shortly after attack Peters with three kilometres to go.

As the 28-year-old entered the airfield, it was touch and go if he would be caught or not but he maintained a small distance, enough to claim the victory with Michael Albasini also finishing inside the top ten taking eighth place.

The general classification remains unchanged with Mitchelton-SCOTT's highest placed rider, Jack Haig in 12th at 32seconds.

Chris Juul-Jensen - Stage 4 winner

"I'm super happy, we didn't expect to stay away on a day like today but when we had two minutes at the bottom of the climb, then suddenly the break started to believe it was actually possible. I am over the moon.

"Coming out of a great Giro with Mitchelton-SCOTT, I felt I had good form and when he (Peters) attacked I kept him at a relatively close distance and I could see that he was maybe taking the corners slightly slower then I was. I was closing the gap and decided to make the most of it before it was too late.

"It was a long three kilometres on the airfield here but it is a fantastic feeling. Especially here, being in Switzerland with the king of Switzerland on the team, I am happy to pull out a good result."

Tour de Suisse stage four results:
1. Chris Juul-Jensen (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 4:35
2. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) +0:08
3. Yves Lampaerts (Quickstep-Floors) ST

General classification after stage 4:
1. Stefan Kung (BMC) 13:26
2. Greg van Avermaet (BMC) +0:03
3. Richie Porte (BMC) +0:03
12. Jack Haig (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:32

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