Daryl Impey wins the fourth stage of the Tour de Suisse with a strong finish. He took the stage ahead of Michael Matthews and Søren Kragh Andersen. There was no change in the General Classification but leader Stephen Williams briefly lost contact with the lead.
“This is a big win for me today,” Daryl Impey (Israel-Premier Tech) said of his Tour de Suisse Stage 4 victory. “A win is always special but winning here at 37 years old is fantastic. It gives me confidence to know I still have a chance against the young guns.” Second place went to another experienced cyclist, Michael Matthews (Team Bike Exchange). Alberto Bettiol, whose team EF Education Easypost led the peloton at a terrific tempo towards the finish, had to settle for fourth place. Leader Stephen Williams (Bahrain Victorious) had a close call. He briefly lost contact on the climb up the Sattel but managed to catch up again on the summit and keep the jersey.
Mass group sprint with all the favourites
It took about 20 kilometres for a leading group to make a break. Matthew Holmes (Lotto Soudal), Markus Hoelgaard (Trek-Segafredo) and Jimmy Janssens (Alpecin-Fenix) rapidly built up a five-minute gap. But the peloton reacted quickly and steadily reduced the advantage. At the beginning of the last climb of the day, from Steinen to Sattel, it was all over for the breakaway. The favourites resisted attacking on the 8.5% gradient, three-kilometre long climb. Only Marc Hirschi and Sebastian Reichenbach tried to attack but were caught soon after. The Stage finished in a 70 strong bunch sprint with Daryl taking the honours.
Preview of the next stage
Tomorrow the Tour de Suisse leaves the German-speaking region for the time being and heads to Ticino. From Ambrì, the peloton cycles through the Leventina over Monte Ceneri to the southernmost tip of Switzerland in the municipality of Novazzano. The terrain around the Ticino town is extremely hilly and reminiscent of the Ardennes Classics or the 2009 World Championship course in Mendrisio. The circuit around Novazzano will be completed three times.