For Stefan Küng (SUI/BMC) the dream in the leader jersey ended 10 km before the finish of the 3rd stage in Bern. The man from Thurgau was eliminated from the best positions in the field and had to give up the yellow bodice to stage winner Michael Matthews (AUS/SUN).
In the two Search.ch sprints, Stefan Küng was awarded one second time credit each. But in the hectic final through the picturesque old town of Berne, the Thurgauer was too badly positioned to be able to correct the situation in Aargauerstalden: “I enjoyed this day in Maillot jaune. In the end I was simply too far behind, even though my team had once again done a great job. But in principle this doesn’t matter. Because of the ten seconds time credit for the stage win, Michael Matthews would have overtaken me in the overall classification anyway”.
Last July, when the Tour de France arrived in Berne, he was stuck and therefore could not quite make it through, said Michael Matthews. This time, in the Swiss National Tour, it was more appropriate: “I arrived at exactly the right moment.” It came as a surprise that the Australian in the service of the German team Sunweb survived the climb of the Aargauerstalden in front. The Aussie had completed his last race assignment before the Tour de Suisse on May 1 in Frankfurt and then went to an altitude training camp in Livigno for three weeks. There he was accompanied by his team mate Nikias Arndt, who now piloted him through the alleys of Bern’s old town.
Two years ago Matthews had won the 4th stage in Schwarzenbach SG and immediately afterwards he started his journey home. This time the Aussie will struggle up the Col des Mosses and the final climb to Villars-sur-Ollon on Tuesday: “It won’t be easy. But all the drivers will feel pain.” And the Australian promised that this time he would finish the Swiss national tour.