Tour de Suisse 2017: Sprint victory Philippe Gilbert, Stefan Küng new leader

In the 2nd stage of the Tour de Suisse the riders race a hilly local circuit in Cham. Leader Rohan Dennis crashes and his team mate Stefan Küng is the new leader, while Philippe Gilbert sprints to victory. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 2nd stage 2017 Tour de Suisse

1. Philippe Gilbert (bel)
2. Patrick Bevin (nzl) s.t.
3. Anthony Roux (fra) s.t.
4. Michael Albasini (swi) s.t.
5. Matteo Trentin (ita) s.t.
6. Marcus Burghardt (ger) s.t.
7. Nicolo Bonifazio (ita) s.t.
8. Peter Sagan (svk) s.t.
9. Valerio Conti (ita) s.t.
10. Michael Matthews (aus) s.t.

20. Carlos Betancur (col) s.t.
27. Rui Costa (por) s.t.
30. Sébastien Reichenbach (swi) s.t.
35. Miguel Ángel López (col) s.t.
36. Steven Kruijswijk (nld) s.t.
39. Ion Izagirre (spa) s.t.
40. Domenico Pozzovivo (ita) s.t.
44. Simon Spilak (slo) s.t.
46. Tom Dumoulin (nld) s.t.
64. Tejay van Garderen (usa) + 3.31
91. Rohan Dennis (aus) + 9.53
174. Jarlinson Pantano (col) + 20.22

GC after 2nd stage
1. Stefan Küng (swi)
2. Michael Matthews (aus) + 0.01
3. Tom Dumoulin (nld) s.t.
4. Lars Boom (nld) + 0.04
5. Peter Sagan (svk) + 0.08
6. Damiano Caruso (ita) + 0.10
7. Michael Albasini (swi) + 0.11
8. Hugo Houle (can) + 0.12
9. Patrick Bevin (nzl) + 0.13
10. Matteo Trentin (ita) + 0.14

11. Ion Izagirre (spa) + 0.16
15. Sébastien Reichenbach (swi) + 0.18
23. Carlos Betancur (col) + 0.20
25. Rui Costa (por) s.t.
34. Steven Kruijswijk (nld) + 0.23
35. Domenico Pozzovivo (ita) + 0.24
40. Simon Spilak (slo) + 0.28
49. Miguel Ángel López (col) + 0.36

Race report
Shortly after the start Nick van der Lijke, Conor Dunne, Lasse Norman Hansen, Nick Dougall and Antoine Duchesne go clear to race to a maximum lead of more than 6 minutes. With 25 kms to go the break is reeled in.

Moments before the last climb, with 25 kms remaining, leader Dennis hits the deck and he is forced to chase. He is almost 2 minutes in arrears.

A lot of attacks on the ensuing climb and Bakelants, Costa and Caruso are first to crest. They dig deep to widen the gap to half a minute, but they are caught with 5 kms left.

In the ensuing sprint Philippe Gilbert powers to the win, while Stefan Küng takes the leaders jersey from his unfortunate team mate Dennis.

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