Two in the Top Ten on Tour de Suisse Stage FiveWed 12 Jun 2013
Matt Goss managed sixth place in a complicated sprint finish in Leuggern. Second in Switzerland yesterday, Goss was aiming for the top step of the podium on stage five. Goss sat safely on the last wheel of his lead out train as the peloton tackled a tricky finish circuit but was unable to move up enough in the final kilometres to open his sprint from prime position. He slotted into sixth place as Daryl Impey rounded out the top ten.
“The road kicks up in the last 500 metres,” said Sport Director Matt White. “Daryl hit the climb with Gossy behind him, but they didn’t have enough time to move up in the last 250-300 metres.”
After missing out on the stage win yesterday, Peter Sagan (Cannondale) was clearly motivated to make amends. His team controlled the race after the early break escaped the bunch.
“There was a much faster start to the stage today,” said White. “It took awhile for the break to get away. After the four guys went clear, Cannondale stayed on the front and kept the break on a short leash. I don’t think they ever had more than 2’30. It was inevitable that the move would come back.”
The stage concluded with two laps of 26.5 kilometre circuit. Two category four hills on each lap ahead of a slight rise to the line served as highlights in the last hour of racing.
“Cannondale was pretty content to take care of the chase,” said White. “We put Sam Bewley up there to help finish off the job.”
Inside the last ten kilometres, ORICA-GreenEDGE, Argos-Shimano, FDJ, Saxo-Tinkoff and Cannondale began to assemble their trains. Each team was denied as Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) outkicked Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Arnaud Demare (FDJ) to the line.
Giovanni Visconti (Movistar), fourth overall after stage four, crashed out of Tour de Suisse today. His absence pushes Cameron Meyer into the top ten, 1’42 behind race leader Mathias Frank (BMC).
“Visconti crashed on a flat part of the stage,” noted White. “He came down pretty hard and was forced to pull out. It moves up Cam up a spot on the overall, but we’d obviously rather see gains in other ways.”
The peloton faces undulating territory on stage six.
“Tomorrow is definitely a breakaway day,” said White. “We’d be happy to get in a move.”