6.15.2014

Tour de Suisse 2: Cameron Meyer wins in the mist

Weather: horrible!
Break-away: Deignan, Hollenstein, C. Meyer, Thurau, Veuchelen and Warbasse.
Stage Winner: Cameron Meyer
GC leader: Tony Martin. 
UPDATE
Unfortunately Frank Schleck crashed and will not start again: nothing brocken but a severe concussion.
Andy Schleck is doing quite well instead: finished in the front group 14'' behind the winner. 

I didn't watch it so read it here how he went in Cameron Meyer's words:
“This is a significant win for me. The Giro was a big personal goal for the first half of the season. It was great to win the team time trial with the guys, but things went downhill for me personally from there. I got sick. I crashed. Eventually, I pulled out. I really wanted to bounce back and come back strong in the second part of the season. This is a great way to start that.”
DS Neil Stephens. “It might be hard to believe but the plan today was always to put Cam in the break" “We knew we wanted someone in the move, and given our options, he was the best one for the job. We were all committed to helping Cam, and obviously the results of the plan were in our favour. All did not unfold according to plan. Whilst Meyer put himself in the race winning move, he struggled to keep himself there in the final hour of the race. Twice Meyer was distanced from the break. Twice he fought valiantly to regain contact and remain in contention for the stage win. With Tony Martin in the race lead, Omega Pharma - Quick-Step tried to control most of the day. Garmin came to the front on the descent down the second to last climb, and they really put the pressure on. With the way they pushed the pace and began to close the gap, I thought that would be the end of the break. They took out a lot of time quite quickly. Meanwhile, at the front, the group got into a bit of rhythm and reduced the break to three or four riders. Cam lost contact with the front group on the last climb. At that point, there were two guys in the front and Cam was out the back. I told the guys they had free reign at that point,” Stephens explained. “Nino [Schurter] was thinking about having a crack. He started to move up, but the pace was really hard in the bunch, and he never quite got into the right position to attack.”
“At the same time Nino was moving up, Cam managed to regain contact with the front two,” Stephens continued. “Unfortunately, in the last kilometre before the summit, he lost contact again.”
“I was struggling a bit over that final climb,” Meyer added. “My legs did not feel good, but I knew if I went over the top with less than a half-minute lost, I could time trial back to the two up front – and if I made it back, I knew I would be in for a chance at the stage win. With that going through my head, I went as hard as I could for ten kilometres to catch them.
When we lost contact with where Cam was, the bunch was coming up very quickly behind,” noted Stephens. “I thought Cam had been swallowed up by the bunch, but around ten kilometres from the finish, there was a radio check. It said Cam was seven seconds behind. The two leaders had 1’16 on the field. That’s when I knew he had a good shot at the stage. When he got back on, I told him to do everything he could to recover. The other two guys were the ones under pressure because they were going better than he was on the climb. I told him to recover for a bit, which he did – and then he had to start collaborating because the bunch was coming up from behind.
Cameron Meyer: “I did exactly as Stevo said. I took those few minutes to recover before I started taking turns. I had to work with them because the bunch was coming, and I knew I didn’t want to let them catch us. I had a real shot for the stage win, so it was important that I contribute to keep the peloton at bay. With a small group, you can come from the back to win. I knew I wanted to start third wheel. The other two thought I was tired because I had been dropped on the climb, and I was happy to let them think that. They looked at each more than at me, which was perfect. They sprinted earl. I waited. I opened my sprint at 150 metres to go and passed them both before the line.”
DS Neil Stephens. “That was all Cam in the sprint. I knew I didn’t need to offer him any tactical advice. He’s a very analytic sort of guy, so I knew he would have known the strengths and weaknesses of the two riders with him. There was never any doubt in my mind that he could win. He came from the back and won really easily. It was a fantastic race.”

Larry Warbasse
"I could not have asked for very much more. I was coming in off two poor races and I had some not-so-great news about my potential contracts. So I really wanted to show today that I deserved to be here. This is one of the biggest races I have ever have done in my life. I would have loved to have won, but I still couldn't be much happier. There is one person that I could not have done this ride without, and that is my coach, Bobby Julich. He has believed in me through the good and the bad over the past two years and given me the confidence to believe in myself and that I was capable of  a ride like today and much more."

Team Sky DS Dan Frost about Philp Deignan:
“We’d talked on the bus beforehand about Phil and Joe [Dombrowski] covering the early attacks and Phil was the one that got into the decisive break. He looked really strong throughout the stage but Meyer was just too fast for him in the sprint. Phil can take a lot of positives from this though. He is in great form at the moment, having built his condition at the Giro d’Italia, and he will have learned a lot from today. The main objective was to make sure that Sergio, Pete and Brad didn’t lose time, and we managed to do that. If the break had come back, we had Ben right there, and the rest of the team did a good job of bringing him to the line. “Tomorrow is going to be a day where our GC guys have to be there at the end of the stage and the whole day is up and down, so they’ll have to be on their toes. I think a lot of teams will look to attack and try to get in the breakaway, but just have to make sure Sergio, Pete and Brad follow the leaders. It looks like the guys are in good shape, so we’re confident they can do that.”
 

Gregory Rast about Frank Schleck's crash:
“On the Grimsel there was a lot of fog and I said to Andy and Fränk they should go in the front for the descent. And they did. I think first Andy was hit from behind because everyone had a hard time to control their bikes, and you could not see more then 10 meters. And for me, I came from the back and I could not stop in time and rode full gas into a Europcar guy – sorry for that but I could do nothing. The problem was that you could not see anything and the wet roads made it more dangerous; it was one of the worst descents that I ever did. It was so scary. Fränk was in the same crash - he was on the right side and I had just passed him and I crashed 20 meters below him. I didn’t see him. I jumped on my bike, and I was looking back and I saw another guy, but I did not know who it was. So I continued. Then Kim [Andersen, director] came on the radio and said it was Fränk, but he was so far back it made no sense to wait for him.”

Andy Schleck:
“I think today could be considered the queen stage of the tour. There were three mountain climbs in a row, two which were hors catégorie. The weather conditions did not make it easier, either. It was not a good day for us because Fränk crashed. We hope he is okay for the next days and more so for the upcoming races. But it was a lot of stress for gaining nothing in the end.“Personally, I felt pretty good, not super, but good. When they attacked in the last climb I could follow the top 5-10 top guys and that’s good for the morale for the next days.”

RESULTS
STAGE
1 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 5:08:18
2 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky
3 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 0:00:14
5 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
6 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team
7 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
8 Nino Schurter (Swi) Orica GreenEdge
9 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team
10 Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha
11 Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp
12 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
13 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
14 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team
15 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol
16 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
17 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky
18 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
19 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
20 Fernando S Martins Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp
21 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team
22 Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
23 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
24 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky
25 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
26 Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Shimano
27 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
28 Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Team Katusha
29 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team
30 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr
31 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
32 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
33 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Shimano
34 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar
35 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
36 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
37 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling
38 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr
39 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida
40 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team
41 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
42 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo
43 Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp
44 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
45 Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
46 Olivier Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-Saxo
47 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
48 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
49 Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
50 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team
51 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
52 Sergio Pardilla (Spa) MTN - Qhubeka
53 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr
54 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale
55 Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) Lampre-Merida
56 Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
57 Christiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale
58 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Polsat Polkowice
59 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
60 Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing
61 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
62 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling
63 Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling
64 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEdge
65 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano
66 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling
67 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
68 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
69 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
70 Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
71 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice
72 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp
73 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
74 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky
75 Nathan Brown (USA) Garmin Sharp
76 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Team Sky
77 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida
78 Johann Tschopp (Swi) IAM Cycling
79 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin Sharp
80 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team
81 Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin Sharp
82 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:01:36
83 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:01:46
84 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
85 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:01:50
86 Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto Belisol 0:02:13
87 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar 0:03:32
88 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:05:09
89 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
90 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team
91 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
92 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin Sharp
93 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol
94 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Team Katusha
95 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida
96 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
97 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale
98 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr
99 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 0:09:11
100 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka
101 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar
102 Edward King (USA) Cannondale
103 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha
104 Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
105 Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing
106 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge
107 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale
108 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
109 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Team Europcar
110 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team Europcar
111 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
112 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:16:03
113 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 0:16:04
114 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
115 Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
116 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ.fr
117 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
118 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
119 Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
120 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team
121 Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
122 Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar
123 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka
124 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:16:11
125 Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha 0:18:50
126 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
127 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka
128 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
129 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
130 Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre-Merida
131 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
132 Jay Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
133 Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team
134 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team
135 Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
136 Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdge
137 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
138 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
139 Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
140 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
141 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
142 Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
143 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
144 Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ.fr
145 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
146 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing
147 Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Team Katusha
148 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha
149 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
150 Tom Boonen (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
151 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Shimano
152 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
153 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale
154 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale
155 Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team
156 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr
157 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ.fr
158 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol
159 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
160 Maximilian Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida
161 Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
162 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
163 Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto Belisol
164 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Belisol
165 Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
166 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
167 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
168 Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
169 Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling
170 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar 0:25:59
171 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar
DNF Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
DNF Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Belisol
DNF Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
DNF Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
DNS Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
DNS Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
GC
1 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 5:22:20
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:06
3 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin Sharp 0:00:13
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 0:00:19
5 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:00:22
6 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp 0:00:23
7 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky 0:00:27
8 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team
9 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:29
10 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky
11 Sergio Pardilla (Spa) MTN - Qhubeka 0:00:31
12 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale 0:00:32
13 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky
14 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:33
15 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:00:34
16 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:36
17 Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp 0:00:38
18 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice
19 Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp
20 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:39
21 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
22 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
23 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:40
24 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Team Sky 0:00:41
25 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida 0:00:42
26 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team
27 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky 0:00:43
28 Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Shimano
29 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team
30 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:00:44
31 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
32 Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:45
33 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling
34 Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:46
35 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida 0:00:52
36 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:53
37 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
38 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team
39 Olivier Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:54
40 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team
41 Nino Schurter (Swi) Orica GreenEdge 0:00:55
42 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team
43 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
44 Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
45 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:56
46 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
47 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:58
48 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:59
49 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:01:00
50 Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team
 

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