Tour de Suisse

Stage 2) Neuhausen am Rheinfall - Lachen

CH Switzerland Monday 07 June 2021 178 km

Alaphilippe shows panache on rainy Tour de Suisse day

Alaphilippe shows panache on rainy Tour de Suisse day

Julian Alaphilippe did what he does best and attacked in the closing kilometers of stage 2 on the steepest part of Litschstrasse, a 2.3km climb averaging 8.5% which promised and delivered fireworks, as well as some changes in the general classification. Up until then, the day had two protagonists: a breakaway comprising four men and the pouring rain which kept nagging the riders from before the start all the way to the finish.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step made themselves noticed with more than 70 kilometers to go, when Tim Declercq took over the reins in the peloton and started chewing into the escapees’ advantage. Then, in the run-in to the last ascent, Dries Devenyns moved to the front and went full gas with Alaphilippe in his wheel. The World Champion attacked on the steepest section and forced a selection. With the four men that could follow him reluctant to share the work, Julian put in another dig and distanced the yellow jersey, while making sure only a small group would go over the top of the climb.

On the wet descent, where the rainbow jersey led the way, the nine riders cooperated until three kilometers to go, when attacks began coming. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe) opened a gap and went on to fight for victory, nabbed by the former just a few seconds ahead of the chasing group, from where Alaphilippe took eighth. The result he got in Lachen elevated the Frenchman to second in the general classification, just one second from the race lead.

“I’m not really disappointed, as I was à bloc. It was a nice finale, but also a hard one, because the rain made the roads very slippery. I tried and gave the maximum to make the difference, but on the flat there was a moment of hesitation and two guys got away and that was it. On Sunday I took a good result, today I was again at the front, and this shows the form is there, which gives me confidence for the remaining stages, where I hope to find some more opportunities for some nice results”, said Julian after the stage that put Deceuninck – Quick-Step at the top of the team classification.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
4:12:30
2 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:01
3 Wout Poels
Bahrain - Victorious
0:04
4 Iván García Cortina
Movistar Team
0:04
5 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:04
6 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
0:04
7 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:04
8 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:04
9 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana - Premier Tech
0:04
10 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
0:09
19 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:22
43 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:06
55 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:56
93 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:55
96 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:55
148 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:33
1 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
4:24:52
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:01
3 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:02
4 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
0:06
5 Iván García Cortina
Movistar Team
0:12
6 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:12
7 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
0:13
8 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
0:25
9 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
0:30
10 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
0:33
36 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:30
48 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:04
86 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:55
101 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:38
148 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:06
1 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
12 pt
2 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
12 pt
3 Claudio Imhof
Switzerland
8 pt
4 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
8 pt
5 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
8 pt
6 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
7 Wout Poels
Bahrain - Victorious
6 pt
8 Iván García Cortina
Movistar Team
4 pt
9 Tom Scully
EF Education - Nippo
4 pt
10 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Tom Bohli
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
10 pt
2 Nickolas Zukowsky
Rally Cycling
10 pt
3 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
6 pt
4 Matteo Dal-Cin
Rally Cycling
6 pt
5 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
6 Claudio Imhof
Switzerland
4 pt
7 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
3 pt
8 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
2 pt
9 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
2 pt
10 Otto Vergaerde
Alpecin-Fenix
1 pt
1 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
4:25:17
2 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
0:05
3 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
0:08
4 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:22
5 Eddie Dunbar
INEOS Grenadiers
0:29
6 Lucas Hamilton
Team BikeExchange
0:30
7 Ben Tulett
Alpecin-Fenix
0:38
8 Stephen Williams
Bahrain - Victorious
0:43
9 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:05
10 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
1:07
28 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:30
43 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:41
1 Deceuninck - Quick Step 13:15:54
2 Movistar Team 0:09
3 Bahrain - Victorious 0:31
4 INEOS Grenadiers 0:49
5 Team BikeExchange 1:16
6 Alpecin-Fenix 1:25
7 Team DSM 2:15
8 Team Total Direct Energie 2:24
9 AG2R Citroën Team 2:30
10 Lotto Soudal 2:32

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