Spaniard Carlos Verona had a gutsy ride on today’s Queen stage at the Tour de Suisse after spending most of the stage in the breakaway.
After relentless attacking in the opening 40kilometres, Verona finally found himself in a move that stuck. The breakaway remained out front until the final climb of the day, when a group of general classification favourites bridged across and from that Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R) becoming the eventual stage winner into a rainy La Punt.
Sports director Neil Stephens was happy with the situation which enabled Verona to have a chance to go for the stage victory and jump up slightly in the overall standings to 18th place.
“The plan of the day was to try and go with a move, get some riders up the front and eventually attack with Carlos,” said Stephens. “As it was, the boys worked really well together, they were communicating well, covering all the moves and finally Carlos got himself in a breakaway which was thanks to the work of the team.”
|1||Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) - AG2R La Mondiale||4:38:49|
|2||Rui Costa (POR) - UAE Team Emirates||0:00:04|
|3||Jon Izaguirre (SPA) - Bahrain-Merida|
|4||Mathias Frank (SWI) - AG2R La Mondiale|
|5||Simon Spilak (SLO) - Katusha-Alpecin||0:00:12|
|6||Steven Kruijswijk (NED) - Team LottoNl-Jumbo|
|7||Damiano Caruso (ITA) - BMC Racing Team||0:00:15|
|8||Pello Bilbao (SPA) - Astana Pro Team||0:00:18|
|9||Marc Soler (SPA) - Movistar Team|
|10||Michael Woods (CAN) - Cannondale-Drapac||0:00:21|
|22||Carlos Verona (SPA) - ORICA-SCOTT||0:03:24|
|79||Michael Albasini (SWI) - ORICA-SCOTT||0:26:53|
|81||Mathew Hayman (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT||0:26:59|
|123||Rob Power (AUS) - ORICA-SCOTT|
|130||Magnus Cort Nielsen (DEN) - ORICA-SCOTT|
|136||Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-SCOTT|