Tour de Suisse

Stage 5) Gstaad - Leukerbad

CH Switzerland Thursday 10 June 2021 171.8 km

Julian Alaphilippe takes seventh on Tour de Suisse stage 5

Julian Alaphilippe takes seventh on Tour de Suisse stage 5

Thursday brought the first mountain stage of the week with a hard summit finish as the cherry on the top, which was also the only uphill finish of this year’s edition. A break of three men animated the 175.2km stage after going clear one hour into the race, and Deceuninck – Quick-Step helped with the chase and worked hard for Julian Alaphilippe to bring back the leaders.

Mid-way up the penultimate climb, after the escapees had been reeled in, attacks began coming. First to show his intentions was Esteban Chaves (Team BikeExchange), who later got joined and left behind by Jakob Fuglsang (Astana-Premier Tech), while the World Champion remained calm and well-positioned in the small group, which was shedding riders out the back due to the strong tempo.

On the final climb others tried to attack, and Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) got away. Alaphilippe rode strongly and tried to close the gap, but it proved to be a difficult task given the lack of collaboration in the group. The Ecuadorian took the win, while the chasers arrived some 40 seconds later. Julian finished seventh in Leukerbad and is now fourth in the standings, after being docked 20 seconds for taking a bottle from the team car inside the last ten kilometers.

“I gave my maximum, so I have no regrets. It was a hard and difficult final, and the whole day went really fast, as we rode à bloc. I studied the final well in the book and on video, so I knew it wasn’t going to be easy and I stayed in the front in the closing part of the stage. It was a bit tactical in the end, with some attacks, and I just focused on riding my own pace, as it went really hard”, said Alaphilippe, who also explained the reason that brought him a penalty in the GC. “In the final I didn’t have any water left, but I needed it in this warm weather, so I took the bottle. Now I will move my attention to Friday, when we will have another nice stage and demanding stage. I find a lot of pleasure in riding here and my legs feel good. It’s a pity that we didn’t score a win yet, but we’ll try again.”

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
4:01:52
2 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana - Premier Tech
0:00
3 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:39
4 Lucas Hamilton
Team BikeExchange
0:39
5 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education - Nippo
0:39
6 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:39
7 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:39
8 Domenico Pozzovivo
Team Qhubeka ASSOS
0:39
9 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Team BikeExchange
0:49
10 Sam Oomen
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:22
21 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:36
23 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:36
90 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:07
93 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:07
120 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:25
146 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:52
1 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
16:42:50
2 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana - Premier Tech
0:26
3 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:38
4 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:53
5 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education - Nippo
1:11
6 Lucas Hamilton
Team BikeExchange
1:31
7 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
1:32
8 Sam Oomen
Team Jumbo-Visma
2:19
9 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Team BikeExchange
2:22
10 Domenico Pozzovivo
Team Qhubeka ASSOS
3:10
13 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:39
24 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:37
70 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
23:28
90 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27:14
96 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27:32
140 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
46:55
1 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
26 pt
2 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
21 pt
3 Claudio Imhof
Switzerland
16 pt
4 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14 pt
5 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
12 pt
6 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
12 pt
7 Benjamin Thomas
Groupama - FDJ
11 pt
8 Joey Rosskopf
Rally Cycling
10 pt
9 Joel Suter
Switzerland
10 pt
10 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
10 pt
12 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
1 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Team BikeExchange
12 pt
2 Gavin Mannion
Rally Cycling
12 pt
3 Nickolas Zukowsky
Rally Cycling
10 pt
4 Tom Bohli
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
10 pt
5 Sergio Samitier Samitier
Movistar Team
9 pt
6 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
8 pt
7 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana - Premier Tech
8 pt
8 Antonio Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
8 pt
9 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
7 pt
10 Benjamin Thomas
Groupama - FDJ
6 pt
16 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
1 Lucas Hamilton
Team BikeExchange
16:44:21
2 Eddie Dunbar
INEOS Grenadiers
2:57
3 Stephen Williams
Bahrain - Victorious
4:26
4 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
4:57
5 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
7:36
6 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
9:19
7 Cristian Camilo Muñoz
UAE-Team Emirates
9:58
8 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
10:05
9 Stefan de Bod
Astana - Premier Tech
10:23
10 Nicola Conci
Trek - Segafredo
10:39
19 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:57
29 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:01
38 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45:24
1 Deceuninck - Quick Step 37:40:29
2 Team Jumbo-Visma 3:33
3 Team Total Direct Energie 7:16
4 Astana - Premier Tech 8:35
5 BORA - hansgrohe 9:03
6 INEOS Grenadiers 9:21
7 EF Education - Nippo 10:30
8 Bahrain - Victorious 11:33
9 Team BikeExchange 12:27
10 UAE-Team Emirates 15:10

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