Stage 2 of the Tour de Suisse was another rainy one. 187km on a lumpy course around Baar were on the riders menu. World Champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) managed to deal best with the conditions, taking the win from Maximilano Richeze (Etixx-QuickStep) and Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge). Reinardt Janse van Rensburg was Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s best placed finisher, coming home in 8th place.
The stage got off to a tough start for a lot of the riders with the road going up right from the gun. It didn’t take long until 4 riders established the break of the day. Mathias Krizek (Roth), Marcel Wyss (IAM), Sébastien Minard (Ag2R-La Mondiale) and Antwan Tolhoek (Roompot) stayed out front for most of the day. However, their maximum lead of more than 5 minutes didn’t prove to be enough, as they were brought back inside the final 35km.
The sprinters team took over lead from then on, with Tinkoff and Orica-GreenEdge taking turns at the front. A crash of some riders caused some confusion for some time, but it was all together again inside the last kilometers. On the narrow run-in to the finish line, six riders forced a split. Sagan was one of them and was able to outsprint his closest rivals. Jurgen Roalandts (Lotto-Soudal) managed to finish just off the podium to take over the lead in the overall. Behind those six riders Janse van Rensburg tried to close the gap and was only denied a better place right on the line.
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg – Rider
The weather conditions made it pretty tough, but I felt good all day. The form is good. Unfortunately, in the sprint I was too far back going into the last km and then in the final bend a gap appeared after position 6. I tried to close the gap, but there was no chance, so I had to settle for 8th. I look forward to more opportunities in the next two days.
Jens Zemke – Sports Director
We were riding for Reinardt today, who is in a good form. He showed that in the finale. Maybe there would’ve been more possible, but a few riders managed to get a gap. Tomorrow’s another day and we’ll have another chance.