Tour de Suisse

Stage 4) Murten - Arlesheim

CH Switzerland, Tuesday 18 June 2019
163.9 km

Tour de Suisse: Elia Viviani is back!

Tour de Suisse: Elia Viviani is back!

Elia Viviani bounced back after finishing a frustrating second in Murten yesterday and captured his maiden win at the Tour de Suisse, which he is racing for the first time since 2012. For Elia, one of the best sprinters of the last two seasons, it was the 23rd success since joining Deceuninck – Quick-Step and came in the nick of time, in his last stage race before the Tour de France.

“This victory is a real confidence booster, especially for the next couple of weeks! It’s always important to win a World Tour race and you can see that all my 2019 successes came in such races, which speaks a lot about my season, despite not matching the number of wins I had last year”, a happy Viviani said at the press conference in Arlensheim.

On paper, stage 4 was one for the peloton’s fast men, but a 3km-climb inside the last 20 kilometers and a fast descent threatened to derail the expected bunch gallop. Surrounded by a strong Deceuninck – Quick-Step squad, Elia made it over the Hochwald ascent and remained well-positioned in the group, from where several riders tried to slip away, only to be overhauled. The last two kilometers were extremely technical, peppered by tricky corners and even cobbles, but the Wolfpack stormed to the head of the field and protected the Italian, as they continued to stretch out the bunch.

After best young rider Kasper Asgreen peeled off the front, Belgian Champion Yves Lampaert upped the tempo as they passed under the flamme rouge, before Michael Mørkøv pulled Elia into position for the sprint. The Italian Champion swung around the Dane and kicked out 200 meters from the line, unleashing an astonishing burst of sprint (71km/h maximum speed, according to Velon’s data) and holding off the charges of Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) and Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe), who rounded out the podium.

“We were hoping it will come down to a bunch sprint and were keen on trying again after finishing second yesterday. The guys were absolutely perfect, helping me get over the final climbs, and I was confident in them, because I know we have the best lead-out in the world. We took the responsibility in the last kilometers and made sure we were near the front going into the descent, because this was very important, Michael put me in a perfect position and I could finish off the job. Today’s victory means a lot to me and makes me extremely happy”, Elia said after becoming the first reigning Italian Champion in over two decades to notch up at least nine wins in the iconic tricolore.

 

Photo credit: ©Heinz Zwicky/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:46:02
2 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
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3 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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4 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
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5 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
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6 Sep Vanmarcke
EF Education First
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7 Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
Team Dimension Data
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8 Iván García Cortina
Bahrain Merida
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9 Stan Dewulf
Lotto Soudal
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10 Fabian Lienhard
Switzerland
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15 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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37 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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38 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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40 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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64 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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108 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
11:37:28
2 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
0:10
3 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:15
4 Rohan Dennis
Bahrain Merida
0:16
5 Lawson Craddock
EF Education First
0:21
6 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
0:25
7 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
0:32
8 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
0:33
9 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolás
Team INEOS
0:34
10 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
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30 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:59
31 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:01
53 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:51
84 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:08
98 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:53
115 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:00
1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
29 pt
2 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
3 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
15 pt
4 Rohan Dennis
Bahrain Merida
12 pt
5 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
12 pt
6 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
7 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
10 pt
8 Claudio Imhof
Switzerland
8 pt
9 Maciej Bodnar
BORA - hansgrohe
8 pt
10 Willie Smit
Team Katusha Alpecin
6 pt
1 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:37:43
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team INEOS
0:24
3 Kevin Geniets
Groupama - FDJ
0:26
4 Tiesj Benoot
Lotto Soudal
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5 Nicola Conci
Trek - Segafredo
0:41
6 Hugh Carthy
EF Education First
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7 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:44
8 Matteo Fabbro
Team Katusha Alpecin
0:53
9 Héctor Carretero
Movistar Team
1:05
10 Kilian Frankiny
Groupama - FDJ
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1 Claudio Imhof
Switzerland
21 pt
2 Gavin Mannion
Rally UHC Cycling
13 pt
3 Fabien Grellier
Team Total Direct Energie
9 pt
4 Rohan Dennis
Bahrain Merida
8 pt
5 Taco van der Hoorn
Team Jumbo-Visma
7 pt
6 Gian Friesecke
Switzerland
7 pt
7 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck
CCC Team
7 pt
8 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
9 Omar Fraile Matarranz
Astana Pro Team
6 pt
10 Simon Pellaud
Switzerland
6 pt
1 Team Sunweb 34:53:38
2 EF Education First 0:15
3 Team INEOS 0:28
4 Groupama - FDJ 0:29
5 Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:32
6 Movistar Team 0:48
7 UAE-Team Emirates 0:55
8 Astana Pro Team 1:02
9 Trek - Segafredo 1:04
10 CCC Team 1:08

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