6.22.2014

Tour de Suisse 8: Revealing Victory in Verbier...

img_more_than_a_ride...and revealing stage: no way to hide atop this mountain, no way to delay a decision about shape, motivation and morale few days from the start of the Tour de France.
ORICA-GE Esteban Chaves soloed to the victory, his second this year - after Mountain High in Tour of California:
“This is my most important victory,” said Chaves. “It’s my first WorldTour win. It comes at a really important race. Everyone here has the legs for the Tour de France. I don’t have the words for what this means to me. Thanks to all my teammates, the team and the people that support me. I am so happy.”
Just behind indead some serious Tour contenders were trying to test their legs. Bauke Mollema on first, who was 3rd in the stage: "Chaves attacked in the last kilometres," Mollema said. "I reacted but had Roman Kreuziger in my wheel. In the last kilometre, he refused to ride and waited for the sprint. He sprinted ahead for second place but anyway I think Chaves was the strongest today. As planned we managed to set the pace on the final climb. Steven and Laurens worked hard to control the race. I'm happy with this third place. Tomorrow I have a chance again."
Or Roman Kreuziger, who finished second:  “I increased the pace in front of the favorites group after Oliver Zaugg had done a great effort. We slowed down a bit and Chaves attacked. He got a bit too big a gap for me and Mollema to catch him again but for me this was a very positive day” he said “I tried to get the stage win today but it was difficult to make a difference before we got on to the steeper section coming into Verbier with few kilometers to go. But I’m happy that I took time on most of my rivals and that I’m back in the top 10 and improving ahead of the Tour”.
Team Sky had a good go, with Knees in the break-away and Deignan finally 6th. "Christian got into the breakaway and did a tremendous job out there," DS Dan Frost said "He was going for the stage but there were some teams who didn’t want to see a break go. The group lost some time behind a railway crossing which is a tough situation as you lose your rhythm and it also hampers the mentality of the riders. If you’ve battled hard to build up that time, and to lose it so quickly is tough, even if you still have a decent advantage. Pete was struggling yesterday and he felt worse today. It made no sense for him to keep going in the condition he was in, especially with such a tough stage tomorrow.  Philip took over and on that last climb we positioned him. Luke (Rowe) did a good job on the flat before and Joe (Dombrowski) was also there with him on the climb. He’s had some really good rides this year which is good to see. His form is good which bodes well for the future and hopefully tomorrow.”
Gregory Rast was in the bereak-away, and honest: “The collaboration was good in the break, but some guys were obviously stronger than the others and this caused a little problem. I felt bad with my back, and I did not even believe one second the breakaway would make it.  I am not sure why my back hurt – it is the same as in Luxembourg when I was pushing a lot of watts. Today was the same, and already at the start I had problems. Once the break settled and we went regular speed it was okay, but at the end again – I had no chance. We have not showed a lot here, we are not in the GC, so we needed to show something today by being in the breakaway. That was the plan - if it was possible - to have one guy in there. Unfortunately, it was me! It was a suicide mission, but hey, sometimes it’s like this.  Even if we had 12 minutes by the climb I don’t think I would have made it with these legs!”
But  best finisher for TFR was Andy Schleck, 32, 2' down. He's showing improvement but he's still far from his best or also 'normal' condition. By the way I agree with Luca Guercilena - not with Dirk Demol if they really have a different opinion, that I don't tink - and consider Andy's inclusion in the Tour squad not guaranted. Or better: as far as me Andy shoudn't be selected. For himself. And also for respect toward other riders in a better condition. TFR has got options. Andy can keep improving in less demanding races and try to get results for a change. 
Very good the young Davide Formolo by Cannondale and Eros Capecchi by Movistar, both top ten in such a hard stage. Outstanding Tony Martin who kept the lead.



RESULTS
STAGE

1 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEdge 5:11:16  
2 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:03  
3 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team    
4 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team 0:00:16  
5 Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp 0:00:17  
6 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky    
7 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team    
8 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale    
9 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida    
10 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling    
11 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida 0:00:20  
12 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:40  
13 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team    
14 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano    
15 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
16 Sergio Pardilla (Spa) MTN - Qhubeka    
17 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar    
18 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:00:43  
19 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka    
20 Olivier Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:02  
21 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:01:11  
22 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:01:20  
23 Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:01:27  
24 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano 0:01:34  
25 Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Team Katusha 0:01:48  
26 Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp 0:02:00  
27 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr    
28 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:02:02  
29 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
30 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team    
31 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
32 Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:02:07

GC
1 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 28:54:16  
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:51  
3 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida 0:01:05  
4 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:01:14  
5 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:01:41  
6 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale 0:01:47  
7 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:50  
8 Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp 0:02:07  
9 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team 0:02:29  
10 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:02:30  
11 Sergio Pardilla (Spa) MTN - Qhubeka 0:02:57  
12 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:03:05  
13 Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:03:12  
14 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida 0:03:13  
15 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:03:18  
16 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:03:23  
17 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:03:31  
18 Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Team Katusha 0:03:37  
19 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEdge 0:03:40  
20 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:44  
21 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:03:51  
22 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 0:03:52  
23 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:04:15  
24 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team 0:04:31  
25 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:04:47  
26 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin Sharp 0:05:15  
27 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:05:38  
28 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:05:46  
29 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano 0:05:59  
30 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:06:24  
31 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:06:35  
32 Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:06:48  
POINTS JERSEY
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 88  pts
MOUNTAIN
1 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar 74  pts
SWISS
1 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling 28:55:30   
TEAM
1 Lampre-Merida

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