Peter Sagan is the winner of the 3rd stage from Aesch to Grenchen. This is the 18th Tour de Suisse stage victory for the rock star of cycling. He improves his own personal record with this win. In the overall standings, Schachmann loses time due to a crash.
The 18th Tour de Suisse stage victory is in the vault. Peter Sagan extends his record with a textbook sprint victory in Grenchen. “I feel great after this win. My team worked hard for me to realise this victory. For me it is a great sign to be back in the peloton after my Corona illness.” Stephen Williams remains in the lead. In the hectic finish Geraint Thomas and Maximilian Schachmann sprinted for bonus seconds. The German almost claimed the gold jersey. Schachmann was unlucky near the finish to be caught in a mass crash. His gap increased from 4 to 55 seconds. Otherwise the top positions of the General Classification remained unchanged.
Smooth sailing for the sprinters
The race went according to plan for the sprinter teams. A leading group of six formed early on, including two Swiss cyclists, Stefan Bissegger and Matthias Reutimann. Their maximum lead was about 4 minutes. When the first categorised mountains approached – with the Côte au Bouvier a first category KOM – the peloton gradually decreased the gap. Stefan Bissegger broke away from the leading group with 35 kilometres remaining but, despite a courageous attempt, he was caught 10 kilometres before the finish. At the end Peter Sagan completed the work of his team mates.
Preview of the next Stage
The fourth stage of the Tour de Suisse heads from Grenchen to Brunnen on Lake Lucerne. The cyclists will be passing through Michael Schär’s training ground. “We go through Nottwil near Lake Sempach. Hopefully my fan club will provide the right atmosphere there,” says Schär happily. He will probably not be fightubg for the stage win however. The demanding climb from Steinen over the Sattel awaits 15 kilometres before the finish.