June 19, 2015 (Dudingen, Switzerland) – Even though today’s stage may have looked as one for the sprinters, many riders knew that a breakaway would have good chances of making it all the way on this undulating course. Therefore, we saw numerous attacks in the opening kilometers. Most notable were a couple of attempts from the world champion Michal Kwiatkowski (Etixx Quickstep). At first he didn’t get away but after 20 km of the stage, the Pole finally succeeded in distancing the peloton together with Daryl Impey (Orica GreenEdge), Axel Domont (Ag2r) and Silvan Dillier (BMC). The riders covered no less than 47.7 km in the first hour of racing.
After being in the break all day yesterday, Domont couldn’t keep up with his three breakaway companions as they took on the final lap. The Frenchman had to let go and was caught by the peloton soon after. The remaining three riders at the front put up a courageous fight but with less than one kilometer to go, they were all back together again.
Tinkoff-Saxo made sure that Sagan was kept near the front of the peloton at all time. The uphill finish suited the Slovakian very well and his team delivered him perfectly on the last kilometer. Unfortunately for Sagan, he couldn’t follow the wheel of his teammate Daniele Bennati who ended up leading out Katusha’s Alexander Kristoff for the win. Sagan tried to overtake the Norwegian on the final meters but without luck. Today’s win is Kristoff’s second stage win in Tour de Suisse history. In 2013, he won stage 5 – also in front of Sagan.
Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) still leads overall in front of Geraint Thomas (Team Sky). Tomorrow, another very lumpy stage awaits the riders in Tour de Suisse. Four laps on an undulating circuit in Bern could easily shake things up in the general classification before Sunday’s time trial.
1. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 3:38:07
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
3. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida
4. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
5. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr
6. Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal
7. Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
8. Michael Albasini (Sui) Orica GreenEdge
9. Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty – Groupe Gobert
10. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Esp) Movistar Team
84. Svein Tuft (Can) ORICA GreenEDGE 1:05
GC after Stage 7
1 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 25:55:03
2 Geraint Thomas (Gbr) Team Sky 0:37
3 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha 0:50
4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
5 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 1:07
6 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 1:22
7 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 1:27
8 Steve Morabito (Sui) FDJ.fr 2:29
9 Sébastien Reichenbach (Sui) IAM Cycling 2:43
10 Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Team Sky 2:46
110. Svein Tuft (Can) ORICA GreenEDGE 1:12:45