Tour de Suisse 2017: Peter Sagan powers to victory, Caruso retains in lead

In the 5th stage of the Tour de Suisse the riders face 222 kilometres and the huge Simplon Pass halfway. Still, the race comes down to a bunch sprint with Peter Sagan crushing his competition. Damion Caruso holds on to the overall lead. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 5th stage 2017 Tour de Suisse

1. Peter Sagan (svk)
2. Michael Albasini (swi) s.t.
3. Matteo Trentin (ita) s.t.
4. Patrick Bevin (nzl) s.t.
5. Niccolo Bonifazio (ita) s.t.
6. Michael Matthews (aus)
7. Sacha Modolo (ita)
8. Oscar Gatto Ita) s.t.
9. Aaron Gate (nzl) s.t.
10. Owain Doull (gbr) s.t.

GC after 5th stage
1. Damiano Caruso (ita)
2. Steven Kruijswijk (nld) + 0.16
3. Domenico Pozzovivo (ita) + 0.25
4. Simon Spilak (slo) s.t.
5. Marc Soler (spa) + 0.32
6. Mathias Frank (swi) + 0.34
7. Mikel Nieve (spa) + 1.10
8. Rui Costa (por) + 1.11
9. Valerio Conti (ita) + 1.21
10. Tao Geoghegan Hart (gbr) + 1.38

Race report
It takes 70 kms for the break to take shape. Then Jesper Asselman, Benjamin King, Jelle Wallays, Aman Kamyshev, Sam Bewley and Lars-Petter Nordhaug join forces to race to a lead of almost 6 minutes.

Lars-Petter Nordhaug is first the Simplon Pass with peloton almost 4 minutes in arrears. On the following climb, to Drugno, Kamyshev is dropped. Meanwhile, title defender Miguel Ángel López crashes and he is forced to abandon.

Asselman and King are the last men standing – yet, they are caught with 6 kms remaining.

In the ensuing sprint Nikias Arndt wants to the lead-out for Michael Matthews, but instead Sagan jumps to his wheel to scream past the German. Victory sealed, number fourteen in the Tour de Suisse – a record.

Damiano Caruso finishes safely inside the bunch and since he took 1 bonus second at an intermediate sprint he is now 16 seconds ahead of Kruijswijk on GC.

Read also: route 5th stage 2017 Tour de Suisse.

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