Tour de Suisse #6: Another long wet day in Suisse

Natnael Berhane 2 Suisse Stage 1_3

Pieter Weening (Roompot) won the 6th stage of the Tour de Suisse after being the strongest from the early 15-man breakaway. 2nd went to Maximiliano Richeze (Etixx-Quickstep) and Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi) was 3rd.

Yet again it was another wet day at the Tour de Suisse as riders took on the 162km stage from Weese. There was 2 big climbs during the stage, a HC category climb which began around the halfway mark and then the category 1 climb to the finish in Amden. A large break of 15 riders went clear before the first big climb, no Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders were represented in the move.

The peloton did not have all that much motivation to chase the front group before and on the climb. On the descent there was less drive, as nobody wanted to take too many risks while the rain was really bucketing down and making the roads quite dangerous. The break pushed on though with the stage win their primary goal. By the start of the final 8km climb the leaders were 8 minutes ahead and it was just a matter of who from the lead group would win the stage.

In the end, Weening proved to be the strongest crossing the line 2’37” before Richeze in 2nd. The main GC contenders came home 4’31” down and our African Team had Natnael Berhane as our highest placed rider, in 29th and 6’22” behind Weening.

Jens Zemke – Sport Director
Today we had some of the worst conditions possible with heavy rain, cold and fog also on the downhills. Jay Thomson and Kanstantsin Siutsou both stopped today. After the Giro, Tour de Suisse was just one step too far. For the stage we were hoping for Natnael to go well, he was around 2 minutes behind the GC guys at the finish. We will make a cross over this stage and put it behind us very quickly because tomorrow we have another really hard stage coming up. We will try for a good result tomorrow.

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