Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) won stage 7 of the Tour de Suisse, extending his lead on the overall classification. Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) was 2nd and Rohann Dennis (Bahrain-Merida) 3rd.
Stage 7 of the Tour de Suisse was the longest of the race at 217km with the final being up to the top of the 12km Gotthard Pass. Our young neo pro, Gino Mader, showed no fear at the difficult day that lay ahead as he attacked early to make it into the 7-rider break of the day.
Team Ineos did not let the break ride free though, but instead held them around the 3-minute mark. Mader road well in this front group and showed he was one of the strongest as they began the infamous Gotthard Pass still in the lead.
With 8km to go though, Mader was caught by the main group which was still being led by the British team, for race leader Bernal. It was a big day out for our first year professional from Switzerland.
Bernal would eventually go solo in the final kilometers to extend his lead on the overall classification. Roman Kreuziger was our first across the line, 3’59” back of the Colombian stage winner. The result saw Kreuziger keep his 24th place on GC.