Alexander Lasso (Bora Hansgrohe) still feels at home on the Swiss roads. The Tour de Romandie winner decided the tough fifth stage of the Tour de Suisse from Ambri to Novazzano in a group race of four against Neilson Powless (USA/EF Education-Easypost), Jacob Vogelsang (DEN/Israel-Premier) and Geraint Thomas (GBR / Ineos) for himself.
Thanks to the time bonus, the Russian will lead in yellow from Friday, 6 seconds ahead of Fuglsang. Thomas (Ineos) continues to fight for the overall victory in third place. He lost 7 seconds in Vlasso.
Thomas Welsh national Stephen Williams (Bahrain-Victorius) slipped early from a very thin court and had to give up the leaders shirt on day five.
Kung also keeps up with the mountain
With Stefan Küng (7) and Sébastien Reichenbach (10), two Swiss riders also took the top ten after 190 kilometers. Küng is still fifth in the overall standings. Thurgau, who was able to catch up to 6sec to the top drivers due to the slow pace in the final stage, is 16sec. Valesian Reichenbach (0:43 again) is now ninth overall.
On the other hand, Mark Hershey suffered a setback by losing 53secs and is 1:03min behind Lasso in the Tour classification. Favorite Belgian player Rimko Evenpoel also lost more than two minutes in the clip, who was driven in intense heat and exclusively on the roads of Ticino, and thus lost all chances of achieving an overall victory.
From a Swiss point of view, Sylvain Dellier (Alpecin-Fenix) initially provided the music and was the last escape group of five men caught in the heat. But 14 kilometers from the finish it was all over for the Swiss champion.
This is how it goes
Drivers cannot be easy on themselves. On Friday, it is more than 180 kilometers from Locarno and the Novenen Pass as the top of the tour to Valais. A total of 4,208 meters in height must be mastered before you can reach the top of Moosalp.
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