Tour de Suisse 5: messy and marred

Pic by Antoine Plouvin
Some stage are like that: anonymous, almost boring till the last kms and then dangerous, messy and marred.
There was a break-away - Armee (LTB), Marycz (CCC) and Veuchelen (WGG) but it got caught 10 km to go. 
Head wind, a climb in the last 300m, two technical corners in the last 150 m. Fight for positions started soon in the peloton and Fabian Cancellara safely piloted the young talent Danny Van Poppel. All teams were pushing hard. Hardly you can control your leader's position, be fast and also careful. You mustn't be too careful I'd say, not at the sprint in spite you should especially in such a tricky racing. 
And it happened where it was expected to happen. Not sure what yet. An ORICA-GE rider went down - Goss, touched by  Danny Van Poppel it seems - and two riders excaped: one was Peter Sagan, the other was faster. Sacha Modolo won. It was a finish for him.
Unfortunately others can't disputate it.

Danny van Poppel: 
“Again the team did a great job for me. When we came to the last corner Goss came next to me and our handlebars tangled. He moved to the right and he took Cavendish with him. That caused me to lose a lot of speed - the front riders were already gone. Without that I think I would have bettered the 6th place finish.”

TFR DS Dirk Demol “It was clear it was going to be a dangerous sprint with the corners at the end. It was easy today, all day a tailwind and only three riders in break, so everyone was fresh for the finish, and ready to take the risk at the end that they have to take to do the sprint.  Danny was up there and he was just defending his place - holding his line with three of them going into the corner. Danny did not do anything wrong. To be 100% clear, he is there and has the right to stay there, it is not because he is a young and an up-and-coming sprinter; he has respect for all the riders in the peloton. Once you are in the sprint situation they begin to push against each other and he was just holding his spot. There was nothing wrong with what happened.” 

OPQS comment is here: 

1 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida 4:08:06
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale
3 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano
4 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha
5 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team
6 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing
7 Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Lotto Belisol
8 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
9 Nino Schurter (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge
10 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana Pro Team
1 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 18:27:47
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:06
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 0:00:10
4 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:17
5 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp 0:00:23
6 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale 0:00:27
7 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00
8 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:28
9 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:00:29
10 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida

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