Hectic Sprint Finish on Tour de Suisse Stage 414. June 2016, Champagne (SUI) — Road Team
Stage 4 of the Tour de Suisse, the last chance for the sprinters, saw a hectic sprint finish play out in Champagne.
It was a relatively uneventful stage with a four-rider breakaway spending most of the 193 kilometers stage away, before being caught with six kilometers to go.
The sprinters’ teams set a high pace chasing the breakaway, and combined with a sharp corner with 150 meters to go, it was a battle to the line for Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Etixx Quick-Step), who just edged out teammate Fernando Gaviria and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) for the win.
Silvan Dillier crossed the line in the bunch to hold on to third on the General Classification and retain his best-placed Swiss rider jersey.
Tejay van Garderen sits in 18th place on the General Classification, 41 seconds behind race leader Sagan, heading into the first mountain stage tomorrow.
Quotes from the Sports Director’s Car
“The first four stages of the Tour de Suisse were the only opportunities for the sprinters so now that they’re out of the way the race for the GC will really start. I’m happy with the way the team rode so far. Silvan Dillier had a great ride on stages one and three, and the team has done a great job protecting our team leader, Tejay van Garderen, and making sure he doesn’t lose any time.”
“Tomorrow is the first mountain stage and it will be a good opportunity for Tejay to test his legs and for the team to continue their great work.”
Tour de Suisse (2.UWT)
Stage 4 Rheinfelden to Champagne 193km
Top 3: 1. Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Etixx Quick-Step), 2. Fernando Gaviria(Etixx Quick-Step), 3. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 21. Danilo Wyss, 37. Michael Schaer, 40. Tejay van Garderen
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