On the Klosterplatz in Einsiedeln Elia Viviani (ITA/DQT) celebrated his second stage win in the Tour de Suisse ahead of Peter Sagan (SV/BOH), who extended his lead in the overall classification to 14 seconds.
On the cobblestones of the monastery village, the Italian road master was clearly superior to his opponent. Viviani came out of the final bend in a leading position and defended his lead without any problems against Sagan, who had to start a race to catch up from a very unfavourable position 1500 m before the finish.
“In the end, the task was easy for me. My team mates had prepared the final for me in the best possible way,” said Viviani, who gave his Belgian sports group its 39th victory of the season.
“The instruction to the helpers was to put me in first or second position in the final bend. They solved this task to their complete satisfaction. The quality of my team-mates is one of the reasons why I feel so comfortable in our team,” added Viviani, who wants to finish the Tour de Suisse: “There is no better preparation for the Tour de France.
Michael Matthews (AUS/SUN) had scored two bonus seconds in the Search.ch ranking in Gross SZ, bringing Sagan closer to 8 seconds in the overall ranking. On the monastery square, Matthews had to settle for 5th place. So the chance to dethrone the stage winner Sagan was lost thanks to the time credit of 10 seconds.
Before going into the mountains, Stefan Küng (SUI/GFC) wanted to take the chance for a day’s victory. Together with Fabien Grellier (FRA/TDE) and Matej Mohoric (SLO/TBM), the man from Eastern Switzerland retired from the peloton immediately after the start. But the field did not allow the refugees more than three minutes lead. In the ascent to the saddle, Grellier and Küng had to pay tribute to the wear and tear of the forces. Mohoric saved himself as far as the Sihl Lake. Then even the last Mohawk had been beaten by the hour after fleeing for 163 km.