Maximiliano Richeze (EQS) won stage 4 of the Tour de Suisse, crossing the line ahead of his teammate Fernando Gaviria and the World Champion, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff).
Today’s stage started under grey skies once again but fortunately the peloton did not have to deal with the rain for too long as the sun appeared later in the afternoon. Starting in Rheinfelden the race made its way to Champagne over a distance of 193km. From the start, 4 riders formed the break of the day and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were represented in the form of Matt Brammeier.
With a slight headwind it was difficult to open the gap up to more than 3’40” over the peloton. Brammeier used his experience though and helped to pace the break well, a tactic which made for an exciting finale in the end. With 20km to go, it was just Brammeier, Jeremy Maison (FDJ) and Nick Van der Lijke (Roompot) out front by 1’30”.
The 3 leaders had something left in the tank which they would then empty in the run to the line. With Tinkoff and Etixx chasing furiously from the peloton, Brammeier and company would come up 3km short, a brave effort nonetheless. In the sprint, it was a technical finish with a hair raising right hand corner with 140m to go. Richeze led through the corner followed by Gavaria and Sagan, and with very little road between the corner exit and the line, that is how the stage would finish.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Reinardt Janse van Rensburg mixing it up in the sprint finale and our South African came across the line in 12th place on the stage. The Tour de Suisse now moves into some more mountainous terrain where our climbers will hope to thrive.
Matt Brammeier – Rider
I got some good news yesterday which made me super happy and when I am happy I tend to race my bike pretty well. I went out there from km 0 with the plan of doing exactly what I did. We played a good game of poker with the peloton but eventually we came up 2-3km’s short and it didn’t quite work out. I gave it a good go, was happy with the feeling I had and of course displayed the giant Q for Qhubeka on my back for a few hours.