Tour de Suisse

Stage 8) Andermatt - Andermatt

CH Switzerland Sunday 13 June 2021 118.4 km

Cattaneo finishes ninth at the Tour de Suisse

Cattaneo finishes ninth at the Tour de Suisse

Mattia Cattaneo concluded a tough week of racing on a high note, by taking his second podium at the Tour de Suisse, which helped him crack the top 10 overall at the end of a day that featured three gruelling climbs: Oberalpass (10.8km, 5.5%), Lukmanierpass (16.5km, 5.3%) and Gotthardpass (13km, 6.8%).

Deceuninck – Quick-Step were one of the most combative teams on the 118.4km queen stage of the prestigious World Tour race, going on the attack with Dries Devenyns and Mauri Vansevenant. The two Belgians surged off the front on the first ascent, together with a dozen other riders, putting a shy over two minutes between them and the peloton, which was split due to the frantic start and high speeds.

In the valley between Lukmanierpass and Gotthardpass, the chasers began making inroads into the gap of the escapees, who soon stopped working together and began attacking each other. As a result, a small four-man group which included Dries Devenyns soon got away, but the field, or what was left of it, travelled at a different speed and overhauled them before the cobbled part of the ascent. That was where Mattia Cattaneo made a move, in response to an attack of Michael Woods (Israel Start-Up Nation), but the Canadian’s tempo coupled with the steep gradients dispatched the Italian, who returned to what was left of the bunch with five kilometers remaining to the top.

Before the summit, the lone leader of the race was joined by Gino Maeder (Bahrain-Victorious), who then outsprinted his companion in Andermatt, while from the chasing group behind Mattia sprinted to third place, a well-deserved result for the 30-year-old, who thus scored his second podium at the race after the one on the opening individual time trial.

“It was an incredibly hard day, with a relentless tempo on the climbs from the very beginning. We had Mauri and Dries on the attack and they did a great job in the break, which allowed me to remain calm in the bunch. I was feeling good, something I had noticed as early as the first climb, that’s why I counterattacked on the final ascent, but missed just a bit to make it. Nevertheless, I am happy with the podium and with this top 10 on the GC”, explained Cattaneo after finishing the race in ninth place.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
4:06:25
2 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:00
3 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:09
4 Eddie Dunbar
INEOS Grenadiers
0:09
5 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
0:09
6 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
0:09
7 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education - Nippo
0:09
8 Domenico Pozzovivo
Team Qhubeka ASSOS
0:09
9 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana - Premier Tech
0:09
10 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:21
66 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:02
69 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:36
70 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
15:36
97 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
22:04
DNS Julian Alaphilippe
Deceuninck - Quick Step
-04:06:25
1 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
24:44:01
2 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education - Nippo
0:17
3 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana - Premier Tech
1:15
4 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
1:19
5 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
2:55
6 Domenico Pozzovivo
Team Qhubeka ASSOS
3:16
7 Rui Costa
UAE-Team Emirates
3:43
8 Sam Oomen
Team Jumbo-Visma
4:16
9 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:39
10 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Team BikeExchange
5:33
47 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
36:07
64 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
46:32
76 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
58:22
85 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:03:54
1 Stefan Bissegger
EF Education - Nippo
21 pt
2 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20 pt
3 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
18 pt
4 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
18 pt
5 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
16 pt
6 Claudio Imhof
Switzerland
16 pt
7 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
15 pt
8 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education - Nippo
14 pt
9 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
14 pt
10 Joey Rosskopf
Rally Cycling
12 pt
18 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
36 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
29 pt
2 David de la Cruz Melgarejo
UAE-Team Emirates
29 pt
3 Sergio Samitier Samitier
Movistar Team
29 pt
4 Antonio Nibali
Trek - Segafredo
28 pt
5 Wout Poels
Bahrain - Victorious
24 pt
6 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
19 pt
7 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education - Nippo
16 pt
8 Mattia Cattaneo
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16 pt
9 Gavin Mannion
Rally Cycling
14 pt
10 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana - Premier Tech
14 pt
1 Eddie Dunbar
INEOS Grenadiers
24:50:16
2 Neilson Powless
EF Education - Nippo
1:39
3 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
7:26
4 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
11:12
5 Stefan de Bod
Astana - Premier Tech
12:03
6 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
15:06
7 Gijs Leemreize
Team Jumbo-Visma
15:20
8 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
22:47
9 Cristian Camilo Muñoz
UAE-Team Emirates
23:46
10 Stephen Williams
Bahrain - Victorious
28:52
17 Mauri Vansevenant
Deceuninck - Quick Step
40:17
22 Jannik Steimle
Deceuninck - Quick Step
57:39
1 Team Jumbo-Visma 62:00:10
2 Bahrain - Victorious 1:07
3 Astana - Premier Tech 1:51
4 INEOS Grenadiers 3:16
5 EF Education - Nippo 11:31
6 Deceuninck - Quick Step 14:45
7 UAE-Team Emirates 15:05
8 Team DSM 18:03
9 Team Total Direct Energie 18:05
10 Movistar Team 18:47

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