Küng Secures Yellow Jersey For Another Day After Bunch Sprint11. June 2018, Gasingen (SUI) — Road Team
Stefan Küng survived a rain-soaked stage 3 of the Tour de Suisse to finish in the bunch and maintain his three-second lead in the General Classification.
In a near repeat of stage 3, three riders went clear in the first 10km of the 182km stage and quickly established a five-minute advantage while the peloton sat up behind.
Alessandro De Marchi and Michael Schär spent the day on the front controlling the race situation and protecting Küng and Richie Porte, who remained safely at the front of the bunch, as the rain continued to fall.
The peloton crossed the finish line for two laps of a 29km circuit 3’10” behind the leading trio, and as the bell rang on the final lap the advantage was down to less than one minute.
De Marchi powered on at the front of the peloton on the final climb and brought the breakaway to within 30 seconds with 12km remaining, before the catch was made with 9km to go.
Küng, Porte, and Greg Van Avermaet were positioned well inside the final 5km when the battle for position was on, and as the sprint was launched Van Avermaet tried to find a good path before being boxed to finish in 13th place behind winner Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida).
As Küng prepares for his third day in the yellow jersey, BMC Racing Team continue to hold the top four positions on the General Classification with Van Avermaet, Porte, and van Garderen three seconds back.
Quotes from the Finish Line
"I think some teams were caught behind yesterday and that resulted in a bit more nervousness in terms of positioning before the climbs so, it [the race] started as soon as we hit the local laps. But, our team was really up there and chapeau to Michi [Schär] and Dema [De Marchi], they did an amazing job again today. As soon as Dema pulled off just before the climb, we kind of lost track of each other but in the end, we were up there and present. In a nutshell, it was pretty slow, the last climb was pretty fast which made a selection. It was kind of the same story as yesterday."
"It's hard to say if I can keep the jersey tomorrow. I know the climb to Gstaad but I have never done it as a final climb or really, really fast. What I do know is that I am feeling good and I have the impression that I am getting better from day to day. So, I am looking optimistically towards tomorrow's stage and we will see. For sure, I am enjoying my time in yellow and I am getting used to it."
Tour de Suisse
Stage 3: Oberstammheim > Gasingen (182km)
Top 3: 1. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida), 2. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), 3. Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)
BMC Racing Team top 3: 13. Greg Van Avermaet, 18. Stefan Küng, 21. Richie Porte