6.17.2015

Tour de Suisse 5: ...pour grimpeurs


Embedded image permalinkRettenbachgletscher climb. Hard. 
Finally!.
More than 6' for the break-away after the first 50 km, but it's a long stage, more than 200 km. They are DeGendt, Thomas, Niemiec, Denifl, Brandle, King, Selvaggi, Rast and Schumacher.

But 10 km to go Denifl is solo with a  4’27” gap.
Behind Spilak, Pozzovivo, Pinot, Thomas, Lopez and Hirt are chasing at 1'13''. The Yellow Jersey's group follows at 2'22'
2.2 km to go Spilak attacs, Pinot on his wheel and quickly ahead. Hirt is dropped, Spillak is caught. Pinot joins and drops Denifl. Solo in the magnificent scenario, high mountains covered on snow. 

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Thibaut Pinot:
“I’m very happy. It’s an important win for me and for the team. We wanted to win this stage and I had good legs today to do it. It’s good for my confidence and that’s important in view of the Tour de France. Winning will help me stay relaxed and it’s true, racing in Switzerland seems to suit me.
The goal is to win the Tour de Suisse but the rouleurs like Thomas and Dumoulin aren’t far back. It’ll be a long and difficult time trial. We’ll see what happens on the day.”

Thomas DeGendt:
"I wanted to go for the stage victory or eventually take the polka dot jersey."

Geraint Thomas:
“It was encouraging. I didn’t really know what to expect obviously with how hard the climb was and then the altitude as well on top of that. It was certainly going into the unknown. I’d never raced up a climb like that before. I’d always done a job and sat up. I’m pretty happy.
I just got caught with 2km to go. I just tried to ride my own pace but maybe I should have tried to go with Pinot. I just lacked a bit of confidence really as I didn’t want to blow up. So I rode my pace but that meant that the other guys sat on me. There was a bit of a headwind and then they all jumped me at the end. But I think it’s positive and I’m still in the GC hunt now. If it all stays the same going into Sunday then it will be super close and all to race for.
There’s Dumoulin at only 45 seconds behind me. I’m only 47 behind Pinot and me and Spilak are on pretty much the same time. He’s a handy time trialer so it will certainly be an exciting finale. But there are still a few big road stages to come so it could all change. But we’ll just keep going day by day I guess.
You’re lungs are burning with the breathing. After being in Tenerife for two weeks I think that certainly helps but it is definitely different to going full gas at lower altitude. Riding at altitude is something I’ve managed to cope with fairly well in the past so it wasn’t too bad. But as soon as I crossed the line you’ve properly got an oxygen debt and really hurting then. You need a few minutes to get your composure again.”


RESULTS
STAGE
1 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 6:22:47
2 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:34
3 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha 0:00:37
4 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:00:43
5 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
6 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:01:15
7 Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:01:18
8 Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Team Sky 0:01:29
9 Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling 0:01:31
10 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:01:37
11 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:40
12 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:02:16
13 Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ.fr
14 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
15 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin
16 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:02:27
17 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge 0:02:35
18 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:03:03
19 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:03:05
20 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida
21 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:03:57
22 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky 0:04:28
23 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:04:30
24 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:03
25 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:05:08
GC
1 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 17:42:01
2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:47
3 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha 0:00:50
4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:55
5 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:01:07
6 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:01:27
7 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:01:32
8 Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ.fr 0:02:29
9 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:02:43
10 Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Team Sky 0:02:46
11 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:02:57
12 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:02:59
13 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge 0:03:12
14 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida 0:03:21
15 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:03:22
16 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:03:49
17 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:04:27
18 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:04:33
19 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:04:52
20 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky 0:05:35
21 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:15
22 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:07:00
23 Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team 0:07:42
24 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:07:49

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