Tour de Suisse 2014 Stage 6: Matteo Trentin outsprints 2 compatriots
Matteo Trentin won the 6th stage of the Tour de Suisse, outsprinting two other Italians at the finish. Mark Cavendish had been dropped while Sagan was strong but caught behind a split after race leader Tony Martin had accelerated. (Slideshow route/profile)
Tour de Suisse 2014: Results 6th stage
1. Matteo Trentin (ita)
2. Daniele Benati (ita) s.t.
3. Francesco Gavazzi (ita) s.t.
4. Ben Swift (gbr) s.t.
5. Peter Sagan (Svk) s.t.
6. Sacha Modolo (ita) s.t.
7. Jose Joaquin Rojas (spa) s.t.
8. Silvain Dillier (Swi) s.t.
9. Sergio Montoya (col) s.t.
10. Tosh van der Sande (bel) s.t.
GC after 6th stage
1. Tony Martin (Ger)
2. Tom Dumoulin (Nld) + 0.06
3. Peter Sagan (Svk) + 0.10
4. Bauke Mollema (Nld) + 0.17
5. Tom-Jelte Slagter (Nld) + 0.23
6. Davide Formolo (ita) + 0.27
7. Ion Izaguirre (spa) s.t.
8. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) + 0.28
9. Mathias Frank (Swi) + 0.29
10. Mattio Cattaneo (ita) s.t.
The successful break away sees home rider Michael Albasini aboard along with Wladimir Isaichev, Jacopo Guarnieri and Jacobus Venter. Originally Jonathan Fumeaux was there too but he dropped, problably because he was a GC threat to leader Tony Martin and this could damage the prospects of the break.
Cresting the first col, the Grand Chaumont (category 1) their gain is 4’08”. 15 kilometres later they are atop the Col de Pontins with a 3’53” gain. The lead starts to decline and with 100 kilometres to go there is 2’50” left, and the gap keeps shrinking before picking up again briefly after the feed zone.
With 37 kilometres left, all riders are reeled in on the Col des Rangiers. Sky puts on a fast pace and at the back riders have to drop, amongst others Mark Cavendish. 22-year old Warren Bargeuil escapes on the descent but it doesn’t last.
Matthias Frank attacks near the top on the closing climb and Peter Sagan takes over from him on the descent, dropping like a bomb, showing off his handling skills. On the flat section the pack is back together, with Tony Martin riding so hard up front the peloton breaks. His teammate Matteo Trentin takes over and outsprints his countrymen Daniele Benati and Francesco Gavazzi.
Sagan was behind the gap and can’t close it, despite being super strong today.
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