- Matthew van der Poel wins stage two of the Tour de Suisse in Lachen.
- Mark Hershey becomes stronger 4.
- Stefan Küng can defend the captain’s shirt and is now ahead by a second.
Matteo van der Poel won in Lachen, one second ahead of German Maximilian Schachmann. Third place was Wout Poels of the Netherlands (three seconds behind). The best Swiss was Mark Hershey in fourth who lost four seconds as Julian Alaphilippe (France, seventh). In 11th place, Gino Mäder also wowed with a very difficult finishing.
Captain Stefan Kong couldn’t follow the best on the last very steep climb. The time trial winner from the previous day crossed the finish line in 25th place, 22 seconds behind. However, Thurgau barely defended Maillot jaune and now has a second advantage over world champion Alaphilippe. The third-placed chess player is only two seconds behind. Van der Paul improved (0:06 times) to fourth.
Switzerland’s second best overall was Mäder in eighth place (0:30 again). Stefan Bisiger, second in the opening time trial in Frauefeld, was far behind.
Bohli and Imhof in tears
Tom Buhli and Claudio Imhoff were among the animators of Part Two. The two Swiss separated from two other drivers shortly after the start in Neuhausen. The quartet developed a maximum lead time of approximately six minutes.
But in the second category climb to Ghöch and Oberricken, the gap narrowed dramatically. On the field, the teams of Deceuninck (for world champion Alaphilippe) and Alpecin-Fenix (for van der Poel) began to follow their leaders. As another offbeat, Imhof was caught only 8 km from the end.
Tuesday’s third stage with the start in Lachen and the finish in Pfaffnau LU can be rated as a little easier. However, drivers still cover about 2,500 meters of the coupe’s height of 182.1 km.
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