Tour de Suisse

Stage 5) Münchenstein - Einsiedeln

CH Switzerland, Wednesday 19 June 2019
177 km

Viviani doubles his tally at the Tour de Suisse

Viviani doubles his tally at the Tour de Suisse

Deceuninck – Quick-Step created again a thing of sublime beauty at the Tour de Suisse, absolutely bossing the stage 5 finale and rolling out the red carpet in the last 100 meters for Elia Viviani, whose massive acceleration on the uphill drag to the line carried him to his sixth victory of the season.

“It’s always good to win a race, and getting to taste victory for the second day in a row feels great. The guys did a perfect job and I must say they make my life much easier. This success makes me happy also because it confirms I’m on track for the Tour de France”, said the first Italian rider since 2003 to claim two stages at a Tour de Suisse edition.

Journeying from Münchenstein to Einsiedeln, which was welcoming the peloton for the first time in 16 years, Wednesday’s 177km-long stage was by no means a walk in the park, despite coming down again to a mass sprint. A hilly route featuring a 13km second-category climb inside the last 40 kilometers tested the bunch and inspired three riders to break clear, but the field caught them with relative ease and the sprint teams began preparing for the finish.

With two kilometers to go, the Deceuninck – Quick-Step train – comprising best young rider Kasper Asgreen and national champions Yves Lampaert, Michael Mørkøv and Maximiliano Richeze – provided a masterful lead-out for Elia Viviani, who waited until the closing 100 meters to kick out, knowing that timing was key on the 4% gradients of Einsiedeln’s city center. The 30-year-old Italian powered like a locomotive and emerged again as the fastest man at the Tour de Suisse, beating Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), as he clocked up his sixth victory of the season.

“We all had tired legs, because the stage was really hard, and knowing that the uphill finish and the cobbles would make everything tactical, I asked the guys to move to the head of the bunch with only 1500 meters left. After Max dropped me off the front as we rounded the last corner, all I had to do was launch my sprint”, explained Elia after the team’s 39th victory of year. “The flat stages are over, but I will continue the race, help as much as possible Enric, who is our GC guy, and hopefully get to celebrate some more nice results with the team.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:18:26
2 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
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3 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
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4 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
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5 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
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6 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
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7 Fabian Lienhard
Switzerland
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8 Stan Dewulf
Lotto Soudal
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9 Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
Team Dimension Data
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10 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
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27 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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29 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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44 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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56 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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92 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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104 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
15:55:48
2 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
0:14
3 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:21
4 Rohan Dennis
Bahrain Merida
0:22
5 Lawson Craddock
EF Education First
0:27
6 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
0:38
7 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
0:39
8 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolás
Team INEOS
0:40
9 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
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10 Winner Anacona Gomez
Movistar Team
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29 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:05
30 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:07
54 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:52
80 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:04
91 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:59
114 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:06
1 Peter Sagan
BORA - hansgrohe
37 pt
2 Elia Viviani
Deceuninck - Quick Step
32 pt
3 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
19 pt
4 Matteo Trentin
Mitchelton-Scott
14 pt
5 Rohan Dennis
Bahrain Merida
12 pt
6 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
12 pt
7 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
8 Claudio Imhof
Switzerland
8 pt
9 Jasper Stuyven
Trek - Segafredo
8 pt
10 Maciej Bodnar
BORA - hansgrohe
8 pt
1 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:56:09
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 Kilian Frankiny
Groupama - FDJ
1:05
10 Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale
1:06
1 Claudio Imhof
Switzerland
24 pt
2 Gavin Mannion
Rally UHC Cycling
19 pt
3 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain Merida
9 pt
4 Fabien Grellier
Team Total Direct Energie
9 pt
5 Rohan Dennis
Bahrain Merida
8 pt
6 Taco van der Hoorn
Team Jumbo-Visma
7 pt
7 Gian Friesecke
Switzerland
7 pt
8 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck
CCC Team
7 pt
9 Kasper Asgreen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
10 Omar Fraile Matarranz
Astana Pro Team
6 pt
1 Team Sunweb 47:48:56
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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