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The third stage of the Tour de Suisse – Nice overtakes Hershey-Pitiol the new leader – Sports

The third stage of the Tour de Suisse – Nice overtakes Hershey-Pitiol the new leader – Sports

  • Lidl-Trek's Thibau Nys won the third stage of the Tour de Suisse over 161 kilometers from Steinmaur to Rüschlikon.
  • The Belgian won the race ahead of Briton Stephen Williams and Italian Alberto Bettiol, who took the yellow jersey.
  • Mark Hirschi narrowly missed out on the stage win after attempting to escape shortly before the finish.

There was almost a Swiss win on home soil in the third stage of the Tour de Suisse to Rüschlikon on Lake Zurich. Mark Hirschi (Team Emirates) tried his luck 3 km from the finish and left the field standing with an irresistible start. The Swiss has yet to survive the moment of shock when a woman with her dog almost ran onto the track.

In the end, the road to the end turned out to be very long. Hirschi set up the field on the final climb about 500 meters from the finish line. Therefore, the decision came in the sprint race, in which the Belgian Thibaut Nys surpassed Stephen Williams (Britain) and Alberto Bitiol (Italy).

A year ago, Ness, the 21-year-old cycling talent who is also one of the best cross-country bike racers in the world, had already posed in the sun for Hershey. At the time, Nice snatched victory at home at the GP Gippingen from Bernese.

Jan Christen, the best Swiss, took 16th place in Rüschlikon and rose to ninth place in the overall standings. Bitiol takes over the leader's jersey from Yves Lambert (BEL/Soudal Quick-Step). The Italian leads by 6 seconds over the trio of Ethan Edward (GBR), Wilco Klederman (NED) and Williams.

The fleeing “Swiss” group was captured.

A breakaway group of five managed to break away from the peloton by up to 4 minutes. Four Swiss were represented in this escape group: Fabian Lienhard (Groupama – FDJ), Johan Jacobs (Movistar), Luca Gini and Christoph Janssen (both national team).

However, the escape was not successful. As the last rider in this group, Jacobs had to be caught up around 18km from the finish. Among other things, Stefan Bissegger's EF Education team at the front of the field set up plenty of speed to catch breakaways. Jenny could console herself with the fact that he was now able to wear the jersey of the best mountain racer.

And this is how it continues

The program will be the first of four straight Mountain Finals on Wednesday. The fourth stage of the Tour de Suisse takes riders over 171 kilometers from Rüschlikon on Lake Zurich through central Switzerland to the Gotthard Pass at 2,091 meters above sea level, the ceiling of this year's Tour. On the final climb, you have to overcome a gradient of 8 percent and a total elevation gain of 3,551 metres.