The daily change of leaders has continued in the Landesrundfahrt. After the first mountain arrival in Villars-sur-Ollon, Damiano Caruso (ITA/BMC) was dressed in Maillot jaune. Surprise stage winner was Lawrence Warbasse (USA/ABS), who celebrated his first professional triumph in Vaud.
At the first mountain arrival, the country tour could not yet be won. But at least they lose. One of the big losers was Giro winner Tom Dumoulin (NED/SUN, 7:12 minutes behind), who apparently had not yet recovered from the strains of May and the celebrations after his triumph. But also the former triple TdS winner Rui Costa (POR/UAD, 1:34 minutes back) did not keep up with the best.
In the end a sextet remained behind Warbasse, from which first Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/ALM) and later his teammate Matthias Frank tried to break away. The Swiss now ranks 6th in the overall standings.
But in the end, a regular gait paid off, and this primarily for Damiano Caruso: “For me, a dream has come true with this leader jersey. The fact that I was nominated as leader for this tour within the team puts me under a certain amount of pressure, but I see it as a positive thing. Caruso is looking forward to the upcoming events with composure: “I take it from day to day in the Tour de Suisse. We still have a lot of hard climbs to master. And maybe I’ll even manage to get a little more time on the most important opponents before the final time trial in Schaffhausen.
Warbasse was part of the day’s escape group, from which Lars Boom (NED/TLJ), Antoine Duchesne (CAN/DEN) and Nick Van der Lijke (NED/RNL) dropped back on the last few kilometres. Warbasse tackled the 10 km long final climb with a 3 minute lead and crossed the finish line with a 40 second lead.
Warbasse had been under contract with Swiss sports groups for a total of six years and is therefore very fond of our country: Spectators were standing everywhere and calling my name. I could hardly believe it.” And that the professional cyclist from Michigan was even at the start of the Tour de Suisse was a small miracle. After the dissolution of the IAM sports group, it was not easy for the US boy to find a new employer. In the end, his new team Aqua Blue Sport was accepted into the Tour de Suisse field thanks to a wildcard from the organizer.
“I have worked hard for this success, among other things with an altitude training camp in Isola 2000. I lived like a monk, and I had been writing down this fourth stage for a long time, because it suited my profile,” Warbasse noted. But he also confessed that he had died a thousand deaths on the last 3000 m, because he was aware that the pursuers were constantly getting closer.