Tour de Suisse – Stage 1 – Sagan is Beast.

The Tour de Suisse started today and overlaps for two days with the Criterium de Dauphine. The former has a route which quite nearly avoids all the Swiss Alps and opts for middle mountains which may be a less than exciting race. The latter IS a less than exciting race and continued to be so today.

Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 6: (Tour de Suisse below)

Monster climbs today over both the Col du Colombiere and the Col du Joux-Plane amongst six other climbs. The race was all over the map with Machado and Voeckler in early breaks, Andy Schleck DNF’ing, and then Sky destorying everyone up the Joux-Plane. Everyone except Cadel Evans and Nairo Quintana, the latter being the stage winner who set up his win with and attack over the top and a descent from hell. Evans, himself attacked once going up and once coming down in effort to bridge but only managed second and eight seconds over comfortable race leader Bradley Wiggins. GC was revamped quite a bit as Martin, Chavanel, Menchov, Luis Leon Sanchez all got beat up on the Joux-Plane. Sounds way more exciting than it was, as these downhill finishes and Sky controlled group is a little dull.

Stage 6 Top Five
1. Nairo Quitana (Movistar)___4h46’12”
2. Cadel Evans (BMC)__________+16″
3. Daniel Moreno (KAT)________+24″
4. Bradley Wiggins (SKY)
5. Peter Weening (RAB)

Complete Stage Results:

Overall Classification after Stage 6
1. Bradley Wiggins (SKY)_____23h40’59”
2. Michael Rogers (SKY)______+1’20”
3. Cadel Evans (BMC)_________+1’36”
4. Chris Froome (SKY)________+1’48”
5. Jurgen VanDenBroeck (LOT)_+2’22”

Complete Classification:

Tour de Suisse Stage 1

The Tour de Suisse opening stage was cancelled and they ran a freak-show circus instead, with Peter Sagan as the mutant strong-man who at 22 years old can literally rip the face of any race these days. Enough said. He beat Fabian in the prologue and all the Swiss went home sad. I could write more, but why?

Tour de Suisse Stage 1 Top Placings and GC
1. Peter Sagan (LIQ)_________9’43”
2. Fabian Cancellara (RNT)___+4″
3. Moreno Moser (LIQ)________+7″
4. Martin Elmiger (ALM)______+11″
5. Fredrik Kessiakoff (AST)__+15″

8. Roman Kreuziger (AST)_____+19″

21. Andreas Kloden (RNT)_____+25″

23. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)_+31″

25. Nicholas Roche (ALM)_____+31″

41. Damiano Cunego (LAM)_____+36″

44. Frank Schleck (RNT)______+36″

57. Levi Leipheimer (OPQ)____+41″


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