In the rain ride to Gstaad Christopher Juul Jensen (MTS/DEN) surprised with his stage win.
The Dane, who grew up in Ireland, was already one of the most active riders in the final phase of the third leg in Gansingen on Monday. From Aargau to the Bernese Oberland, Juul Jensen joined the decisive escape group. In the end, he was the only rider to cover the entire distance of 189 km at the front.
“I’m a little bit surprised. But I “ve had a great day. I finished the Giro d’Italia well and am obviously benefiting from the good form I got there,” beamed Juul Jensen at the finish.
He has always dreamed of finishing a race as a solo winner, said Juul Jensen, who won the Tour of Denmark in 2015 and became Danish time trial champion in the same year. When the escape group was still 2 minutes ahead of the finish 20 km before the finish, he had begun to believe that success was not impossible.
In the leading group of six riders the team AG24-La Mondiale was represented by the Swiss road champion Silvan Dillier and by Nans Peters (FRA). But the numerical superiority did not lead to success. Peters attacked at Saanenmöser, but Juul Jensen was not to be shaken off. And Dillier found himself in a quandary, because understandably he could not thwart the intentions of his teammate. “I’m disappointed because I led well and my legs went with it. Maybe we were playing the wrong poker,” the Aargauer did not make a killer pit out of his heart.
In principle, the overall leader Stefan Küng spent a quiet day. But: “There was always something to do – put on a rain jacket, leave your clothes with the team car. Our goal was not necessarily to provide the runaways. But when the helpers of the sprinter teams pressed the tempo, of course this can’t have been inconvenient.”
Within the BMC Racing Team, Richie Porte (AUS) is still the driver who should win the overall classification. At the Tour de Suisse’s first ascent on Wednesday in Leukerbad, Stefan Küng will not easily allow himself to be pushed into the second row: “Of course I am fighting to defend my leader’s jersey.”Detail