Tour de Suisse

Stage 6) Fiesch - Disentis-Sedrun

CH Switzerland Friday 11 June 2021 162.1 km

Tour de Suisse: Alaphilippe on the attack on his birthday

Tour de Suisse: Alaphilippe on the attack on his birthday

What better way to celebrate your 29th birthday than staying true to your nature and going on the offensive in a typically swashbuckling way, showing your rainbow stripes at the front of the race for 70 kilometers and bringing an extra level of excitement to the race? That’s precisely what Julian Alaphilippe did on stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse, when he went clear on the Gotthardpass as soon as the flag was waived, taking with him teammate Mattia Cattaneo for good measure and two other riders, together with whom he opened a one-minute advantage over a peloton.

Fourth in the overall standings, Julian pressed on as the climb progressed and crested it almost one minute and a half clear over a bunch that was considerably reduced, as the big tempo the GC teams pushed in order to control the gap to the Frenchman’s group had taken its toll on the field. With Alaphilippe being a big threat for the general classification, as under a minute separated him from the yellow jersey, the other teams ganged up and unleashed a fierce chase, desperate to close the gap ahead of the Lukmanierpass (18km, 5.6%), which they eventually did as the road was tilting upwards.

Things didn’t stop there, as other riders sensed there was a chance of taking the spoils on Friday, and soon a huge 41-man group featuring Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Mattia Cattaneo, Tim Declercq and Mauri Vansevenant found itself in the lead, around four minutes up on the peloton. It was no surprise, given how numerous that move was, that it soon began crumbling, only a handful of riders remaining off the front, and from that small group Andrea Kron (Lotto-Soudal) took the victory in Disentis-Sedrun.

“I knew there weren’t too many real chances of making it to the finish, but that didn’t stop me from attacking on the first climb. That’s my nature and also, as I said before, I like to honour the rainbow jersey every time I can, so it was special to be at the front today. I hope to have a good recovery for Saturday and do a good time trial. On paper, it’s a very hard course but we will see how things will pan out”, said Julian after concluding the stage in the peloton and retaining his fourth place on the general classification.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
3:14:52
2 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
3 Hermann Pernsteiner
Bahrain - Victorious
0:01
4 Gonzalo Serrano Rodríguez
Movistar Team
0:03
5 Pierre Latour
Team Total Direct Energie
0:03
6 Hugo Houle
Astana - Premier Tech
0:03
7 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
0:03
8 Antwan Tolhoek
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:03
9 Matteo Fabbro
BORA - hansgrohe
0:50
10 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
1:00
13 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:15
53 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:49
54 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:49
87 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:13
91 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:13
120 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:23
DNF Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-03:14:52
1 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
20:00:31
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 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
1:32
7 Sam Oomen
Team Jumbo-Visma
2:19
8 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Team BikeExchange
2:22
9 Domenico Pozzovivo
Team Qhubeka ASSOS
3:10
10 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
3:37
15 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:39
39 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
19:01
47 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:54
82 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
39:37
102 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
46:06
1 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
21 pt
2 Claudio Imhof
Switzerland
16 pt
3 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
14 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 Joey Rosskopf
Rally Cycling
12 pt
8 Benjamin Thomas
Groupama - FDJ
11 pt
9 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange
10 pt
10 Joel Suter
Switzerland
10 pt
13 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8 pt
33 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Antonio Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
20 pt
2 David de la Cruz Melgarejo
UAE-Team Emirates
15 pt
3 Sergio Samitier Samitier
Movistar Team
15 pt
4 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Team BikeExchange
12 pt
5 Gavin Mannion
Rally Cycling
12 pt
6 Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
7 Nickolas Zukowsky
Rally Cycling
10 pt
8 Tom Bohli
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
10 pt
9 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
10 pt
10 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
9 pt
21 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
1 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
20:05:10
2 Eddie Dunbar
INEOS Grenadiers
0:09
3 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
1:42
4 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
3:10
5 Cristian Camilo Muñoz
UAE-Team Emirates
6:50
6 Stefan de Bod
Astana - Premier Tech
7:15
7 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
9:10
8 Gijs Leemreize
Team Jumbo-Visma
9:27
9 Fred Wright
Bahrain - Victorious
16:42
10 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
17:01
11 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17:15
29 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
41:27
1 Deceuninck - Quick Step 47:31:58
2 Team Jumbo-Visma 2:21
3 Astana - Premier Tech 5:53
4 Team Total Direct Energie 6:04
5 Bahrain - Victorious 8:45
6 INEOS Grenadiers 10:55
7 UAE-Team Emirates 12:21
8 BORA - hansgrohe 14:15
9 Team DSM 15:16
10 EF Education - Nippo 16:03

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