Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) took back-to-back stage wins at the Tour de Suisse, claiming today’s stage 5 win. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was 2nd and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) 3rd.
Today’s 177km stage of the Tour de Suisse included a long but gradual 13km climb, that peaked with 34km to go. The big question was if the sprinters could make it over the climb together with the climbers.
In the end, the peloton was able to stay largely in tact on the climb and yet another group sprint was on the cards. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Reinardt Janse van Rensburg for the finale & the South African was up to give the sprint a go for the 3rd day in a row.
As in the previous stages, Viviani and Sagan again showed they were just that level ahead of the others and went head to head for the stage win. The Italian claimed the victory while Sagan settled for 2nd. Janse van Rensburg came home with yet another top 10 placing for Team Dimension Data, crossing the line in 9th place.
The sprinters will now take a back seat at the Tour de Suisse, as tomorrow’s stage 6 will have a mountain top summit finish.