Van Garderen Fifth in Thrilling Tour de Suisse Finale19. June 2016, Davos (SUI) — Road Team
The final stage of the Tour de Suisse ended up as a fast and furious battle with the stage shortened from 117 kilometers to just 57 kilometers due to bad weather.
From kilometer 0 attack after attack took place until three riders broke clear for the first 25 kilometers. When the peloton hit the only climb of the day, the General Classification riders took their last chance to go for the overall victory.
Tejay van Garderen broke clear with four riders to chase down eventual winner Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro cycling) on the decent, before battling it out in a sprint for the stage win.
Van Garderen crossed the line in fifth which was enough to bump him up to sixth place on the General Classification.
Quotes of the Day
Tejay van Garderen:
“Today was a really intense and nervous day. When you have that short of a stage you never have a moment of down time. Actually I think it would be interesting if every now and then in a race they had a stage like that. You actually get to see how the breakaway is formed which is a part of racing that people don’t really get to understand. It would be cool to have this more often.”
“I had confidence from how I was climbing the other days but Lopez was really strong out there. I couldn’t even hold his wheel so we had to pull him back on the descent. I was trying to play it there for the sprint but the other guys were a bit too quick. My legs were a little bit frozen. But I’m definitely with how the day went.”
“I showed some good days here and I learned a few things that I can take away for the Tour de France, in particular the colder days. There were a couple of little mistakes here and there but it’s better to work it out now than in July. Now it’s all about resting and staying healthy until July.”
“We have finished the Tour de Suisse well. Today Tejay was attacking, he showed that he has the morale and the legs. We are leaving the Tour de Suisse confident. If you take out the bad day that Tejay had when he lost time, then it was a great race for him. We won two big stages, with Darwin Atapuma and the queen stage with Tejay, so it was a good week. Now we shift the focus to the Tour de France.”
Tour de Suisse (2.UWT)
Stage 9 La Punt > Davos (57km)
Top 3: Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling), Sergei Chernetchii (Team Katusha), Ion Izagirre (Movistar Team).
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 5. Tejay van Garderen, 19. Darwin Atapuma, 56. Michael Schaer
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See photos from the race.