At the end of stage 2 in Frauenfeld, Peter Sagan celebrated his 16th stage victory in the Tour de Suisse.
The three-time road world champion seemed to be in an unfavourable position on the home straight. But then Sagan found the gap that allowed him to land his first success since his triumph in Paris – Roubaix in April with his great final speed.
“The team prepared everything perfectly for me. So all I had to do was to complete the preliminary work. In the mass sprint I concentrated on Michael Matthews and Fernando Gaviria. In the end, it was extremely hard to get my way in the headwind,” said Sagan, who may strike again in Gansingen on Monday. But “The last part is harder than in Frauenfeld”
Stefan Küng (BMC/SUI) managed to defend his leader jersey in front of his home crowd. In the hectic final phase, the Thurgau driver managed to win the last classification for bonus seconds (3): Michael Schär pulled me into the spurt. Otherwise I might have lost my nice jersey, because in case of a spurt we were betting on Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet.”
Stefan Küng enjoyed the day in front of his home audience and never had the impression that he could ever get into trouble. But as usual with the professionals: “We watch from day to day. Of course I hope not only to bring the leader jersey to Gansingen, but also to wear it afterwards.
DetailThe unrewarded players of the day were Filippo Zaccanto (NIP/ITA), Pierre Quemeneur (ZDE/FRAU) and Calvin Watson (ABS/AUS), who were the leaders of 128 of the 155 km. Michael Albasini (MTS/SUI) also joined this trio in the second half of the stage. For a short while he was even the theoretical leader. But the leader’s jersey remained on the shoulders of another East Swiss.