Tour de Suisse
Stage 8: Delémont - Verbier - Stage Details

Esteban Chaves scored his second win of the season in style. The Colombian soloed to victory in Verbier with a perfectly-timed attack on the hors categorie Alpine climb that featured in the closing kilometres of Tour de Suisse stage eight. Reminiscent of his win atop Mountain High at the Amgen Tour of California in May, Chaves has begun to demonstrate what ORICA-GreenEDGE has believed from day one. The 24-year-old is amongst the best climbers in the bunch.

The mountainous weekend of racing was also the longest day in the saddle for the Tour de Suisse peloton. Although the opening kilometres were lumpy, it was widely believed that the main action would begin at the foot of the category three Vollèges that topped out 15 kilometres from the finish.

The early action followed the usual pattern with a group of eight riders slipping clear of the bunch in the opening hour of the race. By the mid-point of the stage, the frontrunners had opened up a gap of roughly seven minutes.  Giant-Shimano, Europcar, Lampre-Merdia, FDJ.fr and Tinkoff-Saxo all played an active role in the chase.

The Verbier began following a short ascent of the Vollèges. The summit of the 13.4 kilometre hors categorie mountain pass sat 1.6 kilometres from the finish line. The attacks began as the road pitched toward the sky. Danilo Wyss (BMC) attacked the remnants of the early breakaway as Bjorn Thurau (Europcar) and Louis Meintjes (MTN Qhubeka) powered away from the reduced bunch. Six kilometres from the finish, the race was back together with Belkin at the front of the 30-40 rider front group.

Just inside the final three kilometres, one kilometre from the summit of the Verbier, Chaves made his move.  Davide Formolo (Cannondale) was the only rider who could respond. Chaves kept the pace high, eventually riding Formolo off his wheel. Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Bauke Mollema (Belkin) attacked over the top of the climb, passing Formolo on the downhill to the finish.

Chaves crossed the finish line three seconds ahead of Kreuziger in second and Mollema in third. Eros Capecchi (Movistar) led home the yellow jersey group that had shrunk to only seven riders by stage end. Tony Martin holds tight to his spot atop the overall classification, a place he’s occupied since winning the opening stage time trial last weekend. Chaves jumped up to 19th overall, 3’40 behind the race leader. 

“This is my most important victory. It’s my first WorldTour win. It comes at a really important race. Everyone here has the legs for the Tour de France. I don’t have the words for what this means to me. Thanks to all my teammates, the team and the people that support me. I am so happy.” - Esteban Chaves

“We are proud to put our faith in a young, talented rider like Esteban. He dealt with some very serious health issues last year, but we knew he had the character and the talent to come back from his injuries. We’ve invested in his development, and it’s bloody fantastic to see his progression. A win is always a good thing, but with everything Esteban has gone through, it makes this one extra special." - Sport Director Neil Stephens


Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 5:11:16
2 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) - Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:03
3 Bauke Mollema (Ned) - Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
4 Eros Capecchi (Ita) - Movistar Team 0:00:16
5 Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) - Garmin Sharp 0:00:17
6 Philip Deignan (Irl) - Team Sky ST
7 Tony Martin (Ger) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team ST
8 Davide Formolo (Ita) - Cannondale ST
9 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) - Lampre-Merida ST
10 Mathias Frank (Swi) - IAM Cycling ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
1 Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 5:11:16
61 Nino Schurter (Swi) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:08:27
69 Mathew Hayman (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
94 Michael Albasini (Swi) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:14:06
104 Sam Bewley (NZl) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:15:20
106 Cameron Meyer (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:15:28
114 Simon Clarke (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:17:13