Start Location: Frauenfeld
End Location: Frauenfeld
Start Location: Frauenfeld
End Location: Frauenfeld
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“I have to say thanks to my teammates because they trusted me,” Sagan said after the stage. “I was thinking about the tactics but in he end it just happened as I thought. I’m just very happy to have won this second stage. Now I can say all the preparation that I’ve done is good. Now we can continue a little bit more relaxed in the next few days.”
Why is he so strong here, year after year? “Well, there’s so much hard work behind all this, I’m happy about that.”
Will he win again tomorrow? “I don’t know, I have to see tomorrow. It’s another day.”
Are his legs good? “I hope they’re not the best in this moment because I have still to grow a little but for the Tour de France.”
General classification after stage 2
1 Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team 4:10:24
2 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:03
3 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team
4 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
5 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:20
6 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 0:00:23
7 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb
8 Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb
9 Simon Gerrans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:28
10 Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:30
That is Sagan's fifth win this year, and his first one since Paris-Roubaix.
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
2 Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors
3 Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin
4 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
5 Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain-Merida
6 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
7 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo
8 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
9 Arthur Vichot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
10 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
It is Sagan's 16th stage win in this race!
Gaviria second, Nathan Haas third, and Matthews fourth.
AFter Matthews was caught, Gaviria charged to the front to go for the win. But he was caught and passed by the World Champion.
Küng should easily hold on to the race lead.
Matthews had no chance and who wins but of course Sagan!
Küng attacks! But he is caught and Matthews goes, very very early.
Peter Sagan on Michael Matthews' wheel. One km to go!
FDJ is the next to try, with Juraj Sagan along for the ride. But no.....
Diego Ulissi gives it a try, along with Jakob Fuglsang and Jasper Stuyvens, but again, nothing doing.
The 3 km marker has now been passed.
Or even fewer than that. The question is which sprinters may have survived so far.
The field, by the way, is greatly reduced, maybe 50-60 riders.
The lead group is not working together at all and is now caught, with 5.2 km left.Sylvain Dillier tries to go again but the field catches him quickly.
BMC turns things up a notch in the field and starts cutting into the gap.
Trek's Stuyven is also up there.
Both the lead group and the peloton are relatively disorganized. Bora's patrick Konrad is in the group, and possibly also Burghardt.
That group now has nine seconds, with 9 km to go.
Seven riders are ahead, in a very loose group, including Richeze.
Everyone had come back together with 12 km -- which of course only means that the next attacks followed almost immediately.
Mechanical for Philippe Gilbert, who has to wait for a new bike. He will have to make his way back up tot the field alone.
A largish group has formed but seems unlikely to get away.
Küng moves to the head of the field, but almost immediately we have more attacks, with an Aqua Blue rider firt to go.
Two sprinters won't be in at the end: Degenkolb and Kristoff have been dropped.
Mark Padun of Bahrain Merida stayed ahead and has about 10 seconds on the field.
Things coming more or less back together. 17 km to go.
Porte attacks out of the peloton. A Movistar rider goes with him as do a few others.
Küng picked up 3 seconds bonus at that sprint. That puts him ahead of all his teammates, with whom he was previously tied on time.
Oss takes over for Burghardt.
Marcus Burghardt is at the head of the field, controlling things for Bora teammate Peter Sagan.
Albasini has now dropped to the back of the field, paying for his attack.
They are all about to head up the climb for the final time.
Küng jumps from the field to take the bonus seconds at the intermediate sprint. A Katusha rider goes with him. The two toy with the idea of staying away, but it doesn't happen.
The break is over with 27km left to go.
With 12 seconds left, the four leaders start peering back over their shoulders.
QuickStep now grinding away at the head of the peloton.
The four leaders are back together, but the gap is only 33 seconds now.
Albasini and Quemeneur are now alone in the lead.
Albasini continues to lead the break group as the gap is down to 44 seconds.
Landa was quickly back up and going.
A crash in the field, with Mikel Landa one of those nvolved. The other two were from EF and Vini Fantini. That is Marangoli, who is alrady up on his feet. The EF rider is William Clarke, who is slowly getting up again.
And only 1:03 later, the peloton comes through.
The four leaders cross the finish line for the penultimate time, with Albasini leading the way. Only 39 km left to go!
With 43 km left, the gap hs dropped to just over one minute. It is getting time anyway to start catching the break group, and the field has even more motivation now that Albasini is in that lead group.
The peloton is crossing a bridge and someone in the field thought it would be a good idea to throw his empty bidon into the river. We do not think this is a good idea at all and hope the commissaires find out who it was.
QuickStep finished third yesterday, and was not dissatisfied. “With the first half of the stage packing two climbs, we decided to ride full gas from the start, because we knew it was there that we could gain time, as the second part, which contained a fast descent and flat roads, didn't present any opportunities to take an advantage. Unfortunately, we lost Iljo quite early, then Fernando tried to close the gap but it wasn't easy, while Tim had an untimely mechanical. For that reason, we were down to four riders inside the last kilometers and we lost important time there. Considering all these factors, I thing we can be satisfied with our time trial; third in this company is a good result", said sports director Tom Steels at the end of the stage.
Only 50 km left to go, and the gap is right about 1:30.
BMC, QuickStep and Lotto Soudal all with a rider each at the head of the peloton.
Albasini is now also the virtual race leader.
With 56 km to go, Albasini has caught the break group.
Albasini is almost by the three leaders, and the gap to the peloton has grown again, to 1:53.
Albasini is powering his way up, now only 43 seconds behind the leading trio.
The third climb of the mountain produced the same results as the first two: Zaccani ahead of Quemeneur and Watson. Which should assure the young Italian of the KOM title today.
Meanwhile the gap has grown to 1:51, with 60 km to go.
As the peloton starts up the climb, Michael Albasini of Mitchelton-Scott attacks from the peloton.
The three leaders go up the day's climb for the third time.
The gap has now grown slightly, up to 1:33.
Astana went into the TTT with an eye to the Tour de France, unfortunately finishing next to last. According to DS Dmitriy Fofonov, “We wanted to try some strategies of racing and to do some experiments. Indeed, it was a risk, but we still have 4 weeks before the Tour and I think, it was a good moment to risk a bit and to try something new. So, some points worked as we wanted, but in some points we failure. It did not work as we could expect. But, it was a valuable experience for us, we have learned our weak points and now we have four weeks to improve it.”
QuickStep has two riders at the head of the peloton and they are having quite a conversation. Probably about whether they really want to catch the break group with so many kms left, and how much time they should let the three leaders have.
With 72 km to go, we have a gap of 1:24. It is a lovely sunny day today!
Team Sunweb had its time on the hot seat (seats?) yesterday before giving way to BMC. “The goal was to come over the two climbs in the beginning with a minimum of six riders and do a technically good TTT overall. As it worked out, we had already lost three riders before the top of the second climb and as a result we had to do the last 12km with just four riders. In the end we finished second which is still a good start to the race,” said team coach Marc Reef on the team’s website.
That means we have finished two laps of the course,with two more to come.
We are at roughly the halfway point of this stage, and the gap is still around the two minute mark.
Richie Porte is one of those BMC riders worried about the future, calling it “crunch time.” While he would like to remain with the team, he is not yet ready to predict where he will be in 2019.
When you hear of an expected sprint finish and Peter Sagan is in the race, you pretty much assume he will be in the mix, if not in the lead. Yesterday he said on the team’s Twitter, “Ths was my first race day after an intense training period at high altitude in the US and I feel in good shape.” Not what his rivals would have hoped to hear!
He did indeed break his jaw this year, at Paris-Roubaix in a late crash. He underwent surgery and only returned to racing at the Hammer Series in Limburg the end of last month.
Dutch journalist Jose Been took a look at the injuries Küng has had over the years, and it is an impressive list: “broke a vertebra (2015), had glandular fever (2015), broke his collarbone and pelvis (2016) and his jaw (2018)”.
Not only a sprint, but also another mountain ranking! The second one was just like the first one: Zaccanti ahead of Quermeneur and Watson. The gap is now 1:44.
WE have had an intermediate sprint, with the points going in this order: Watson, Quemeneur and Zaccanti.
After 50 km of racing, the gap is down to 1:27. The field isn't eager to let them, or anyone, get away today.
The Dauphine has come to an end, and Geraint Thomas takes the title for Team Sky. Adam Yates of Mitchelton-Scott won the mountaintop finish of the final stage.
Race leader Küng, 24, has spent his whole career with BMC, this being his fourth year with the team. He had quite a year in 2017, winning the national time trial title, and stages at the Tour de Romandie and the Binck Bank Tour, and finished third overall in the Tour of Britain.
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The first lap of the circuit course is done, with three more to go. The leaders' gap is under two minutes now, as BMC and QuickStep are keeping a close hand on things.
Zaccanti is the youngster of the group, at 22 years old. He is a first year pro.
Let’s take a look at the three in the escape group. Watson, 25, is an Australian riding for the Irish Aqua Blue team. He started out with Jayco-AIS in 2012, then was out of contract for a year before returning with Trek Factory Racing in 2014 and 2015. After a year with Anpost-Chainreaction, he signed with Aqua Blue in 2017. His results are, shall we say, sparse.
The three leaders have conquered the day's mountain for the first time, and it went like this: Zaccanti ahead of Quemeneur and Watson.
One of those top riders is Rohan Dennis, who recently won the second time trial at the Giro d’Italia. He is said to be “90 percent there in negotiations" with Bahrain Merida.
That was the good news for BMC. The bad news is that they still don’t have a sponsor for the coming season, and things are getting tense. Although team GM Jim Ochowicz says there are some “good prospects in the pipeline”, a number of riders have started looking around already.
BMC convincingly won the opening team time trial yesterday, and – coincidentally, we are sure – Swiss rider Stefan Küng was the first over the line and thus today wears the leader’s jersey.
Only seven km into the stage, the group has a 3 minute gap. That puts Zaccanti in the virtual lead.
The trio is Perrig Quemeneur (TDE), Filippo Zaccanti (NIP) and Calvin Watson (ABS). They already have about 1:30.
We already have a three-rider break group. We will try to get the names for you.
Here is the top ten in GC, after yesterday’s team time trial:
1 Stefan Kung (BMC) 20:18
2 Richie Porte (BMC)
3 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)
4 Tejay van Garderen (BMC)
5 Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) 0:20
6 Sam Oomen (Sunweb)
7 Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb)
8 Michael Matthews (Sunweb)
9 Simon Gerrans (BMC) 0:25
10 Philippe Gilbert (QuickStep) 0:27
And they're off! The first km is neutralized.
Good afternoon and welcome back to the Tour de Suisse. We will finally see some climbing today, with each of the 39km circuit course including a Cat. 3 climb. However, a bunch sprint finish is expected.