Brutal Second Day in the Mountains on Tour de Suisse Stage 616. June 2016, Amden (SUI) — Road Team
The second mountain stage of the Tour de Suisse was not only a battle of the General Classification contenders but a brutal battle against the the cold and rain.
An early breakaway of 15 riders including Philippe Gilbert went away after 20 kilometers, to maintain a gap of five minutes for most of the day.
As the breakaway started to disintegrate on the final climb of the day, the battle of the GC riders was heating up. It was a disappointing day for Tejay van Garderen who lost contact with the GC group on the final climb to come home 6’22” behind stage winner Peter Weening (Roompot-Oranje Peloton) and 1’59” behind new race leader Wilco Kelderman (Team LottloNL-Jumbo).
Van Garderen now sits in 13th place on GC, 2’09 behind Kelderman.
Quotes of the Day
Tejay van Garderen:
“Today’s result is a bit disappointing. I used to be a specialist in cold and miserable days and now I seem to struggle more than others when it comes to the cold. To be honest, it’s the only thing I can put my finger on. I was feeling good all race up until today, so I don’t think it’s so much a question of form. At the top of the first climb I froze up. I don’t know if there is anything else I can attribute it to. It was generally a pretty bad day for a lot of guys and the fact that I wasn’t the only GC guy dropped shows that I wasn’t the only one suffering.”
“The fitness is still good. It’s better to have a bad day now than in the Tour de France. Of course it would be nice to have a good result here heading into the Tour de France too. But the race isn’t over, there’s still a lot of climbing and the time trial to come. When it comes to the Tour de France you can’t have any weaknesses no matter what the weather is like. I’m going to speak to the medical team and see what I can do to better deal with the cold and days like today heading into the Tour de France.”
“I think on a day like today it is better in front. I was trying to get in the breakaway with Danilo Wyss. We almost made it on one attempt but the peloton was chasing hard and they pulled us back. On the next attempt we were successful at getting away. It was a good group and we quickly organised ourselves and developed a good gap. The bunch was still riding pretty fast but everyone was pulling so once the gap was out to two minutes, we slowed down a little.”
“On the descent of the Klausenpass, Van Der Sande (Lotto Soudal) and I were alone. He was riding full gas but I knew it was so far from the finish, and the guys were just behind so I knew we would come back together. At the bottom of the final climbs I was really cold, and probably hadn’t eaten enough so I wasn’t feeling good. I found my rhythm again but the GC guys passed me in the last kilometer.”
“When Izagirre went we knew it was a dangerous move. So we started pulling hard at the front of the bunch and were then joined by some of the other GC teams. At the bottom of the final climb we told Darwin to go full gas and try and bring the gap down.”
“Yesterday Tejay was feeling super strong so we really wanted to go hard today and see what could happen. It was so cold and that definitely had an impact on his legs. It’s clear when there are multiple GC contenders dropped that it’s a tough day. The day before he was feeling super good so we wanted to go hard today. Tomorrow is such a hard day that anything could happen. It’s not over yet.”
Tour de Suisse (2.UWT)
Stage 6 Weesen to Amden 162.8km
Top 3: 1. Peter Weening (Roompot-Oranje Peloton), 2. Max Richeze (Etixx Quick-Step), Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprani Polkowice)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 23. Philippe Gilbert, 27. Darwin Atapuma, 28. Tejay van Garderen
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