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Surprise win for Juul Jensen

On the rain-soaked roads to Gstaad Christopher Juul Jensen (MTS/DEN) surprised by taking the stage victory.

The Dane - who grew up in Ireland - showed off his good legs when he was one of the most active riders during the final of the third stage to Gansingen on Monday. Straight from the start in Aargau to the finish in the Bernese Highlands, Juul Jensen featured in the long breakaway move. Ultimately, he was the only rider who rode the full distance of 189 km in the front of the race.

“I’m a bit surprised. I had a great day. I managed to deal well with the efforts from the Giro d’Italia and seem to have left Italy with great form,” Juul Jensen said at the finish.He always dreamed that one day he would be crossing the finish line solo, said Juul Jensen, who won the Tour of Denmark back in 2015 and crowned himself national champion in the individual time trial during the same year.

In the breakaway group of six riders, the AG2R La Mondiale team was represented by two of its riders, featuring Swiss national road champion Sylvan Dillier and young Nans Peters (FRA). Nevertheless, the team was unable to make use of their numerical advantage even though Peters reached the crest of the Saanenmöser climb at 10 km from the finish solo. He was unable to hold off a return of Juul Jensen. Behind them, Dillier was playing team tactics and protecting the move from his teammate. “I’m disappointed because I felt good. We gambled and maybe we made the wrong bet,” said the man from Aargau, without hard feelings.

It seemed like race leader Stefan Küng enjoyed an easy day in the pack on Tuesday, but: “There was always something to do - putting on a rain jacket, dropping back to hand over clothes at the team car. Today, we weren’t riding to take the breakaway group back, so when the sprinter teams took charge to set the pace we weren’t complaining.

”For the BMC Racing Team, Richie Porte (AUS) is still the designated leader to target the overall classification in this stage race. Nevertheless, at the first uphill finish of the Tour de Suisse on Wednesday in Leukerbad, Stefan Küng will continue to fight for his position in front of the peloton: “Of course I will not give away my jersey without a fight.”

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