Tour de Suisse

Stage 3) Lachen - Pfaffnau

CH Switzerland Tuesday 08 June 2021 182.1 km

Julian Alaphilippe lights up the Tour de Suisse

Julian Alaphilippe lights up the Tour de Suisse

Julian Alaphilippe was again on the offensive at his penultimate appearance before the Tour de France, launching a move from further out, on the short but hard Rütsch climb. Seeing he had a gap on a fragmented peloton, the World Champion kept pressing on the descent and made it a selective race, despite more than 20 kilometers separating him from the finish.

His acceleration forced the chasers to put in a stern effort in order to bring him back just ahead of the intermediate sprint, where Mattia Cattaneo jumped from the bunch and grabbed three bonus seconds that at the end of the day elevated him to fifth place in the overall standings.

Several other riders followed suit, hoping they would manage to hold off the peloton, but a concerted effort of the teams interested in a bunch sprint brought everything back together with the flamme rouge in sight. Mauri Vansevenant led into the final kilometer with Alaphilippe tucked behind him, and as soon as he peeled off the front, the 28-year-old Frenchman opened his sprint and took a solid third place in Pfaffnau, behind Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and Christophe Laporte (Cofidis).

“I’m satisfied, because the feeling on the bike was good and the team rode a good race again. After attacking on the final ascent, I found myself suddenly alone at the front, and as I wanted to test the legs, I kept pushing hoping I would arrive at the intermediate sprint. It proved to be a bit too far, especially as the teams behind began a strong chase. After that, I remained calm in the group until I was brought to the front by my teammates in the closing kilometers. Third in the sprint was the maximum I could do today, a result that gives me confidence for the next stages”, said Julian, who continues to sit second in the general classification.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
4:24:26
2 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
0:00
3 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
4 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange
0:00
5 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
6 Alexander Kamp
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
7 Tiesj Benoot
Team DSM
0:00
8 Omar Fraile Matarranz
Astana - Premier Tech
0:00
9 Anthony Turgis
Team Total Direct Energie
0:00
10 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:00
36 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
46 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:10
49 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:00
64 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:32
65 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:32
71 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:32
1 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
8:49:14
2 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:01
3 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
0:04
4 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:06
5 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:13
6 Iván García Cortina
Movistar Team
0:16
7 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
0:17
8 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
0:29
9 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
0:37
10 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education - Nippo
0:39
33 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:44
41 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:08
81 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:31
92 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
7:14
126 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:42
1 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
24 pt
2 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
12 pt
3 Claudio Imhof
Switzerland
12 pt
4 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
5 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
10 pt
6 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
7 Christophe Laporte
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
8 pt
8 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
8 pt
9 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange
6 pt
10 Wout Poels
Bahrain - Victorious
6 pt
1 Nickolas Zukowsky
Rally Cycling
10 pt
2 Tom Bohli
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
10 pt
3 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
6 pt
4 Claudio Imhof
Switzerland
6 pt
5 Matteo Dal-Cin
Rally Cycling
6 pt
6 Ben King
Rally Cycling
5 pt
7 Rémy Rochas
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
4 pt
8 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
9 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
3 pt
10 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
2 pt
1 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
8:49:43
2 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
0:08
3 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
0:23
4 Eddie Dunbar
INEOS Grenadiers
0:27
5 Lucas Hamilton
Team BikeExchange
0:30
6 Ben Tulett
Alpecin-Fenix
0:38
7 Stephen Williams
Bahrain - Victorious
0:43
8 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
1:07
9 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
1:12
10 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:15
24 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:02
35 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:13
1 Deceuninck - Quick Step 13:50:11
2 INEOS Grenadiers 0:45
3 Astana - Premier Tech 0:56
4 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:00
5 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 1:10
6 EF Education - Nippo 1:35
7 Team BikeExchange 1:41
8 Trek - Segafredo 1:48
9 Alpecin-Fenix 1:55
10 Team Total Direct Energie 2:05

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