At the end of a movement race, notably marked by a breakaway by Julian Alaphilippe, Rui Alberto Faria da Costa got the best of Andreas Kron and Hermann Pernsteiner to win the 6th stage of the Tour de Suisse.
Andreas Kron went through all the emotions. Beaten in a sprint in the streets of Disentis-Sedrun by Rui Alberto Faria da Costa, the Danish rider saw the commissioners rule in his favor after a very heated sprint. A route of 130 kilometers between Fiesch and Disentis Sedrun marked by the ascents of the Col du Saint-Gothard from the start given then the Col de Lukmanier in the final. A stage that saw Mathieu van der Poel be absent at the start due to illness, as were four riders from the BikeExchange team. As soon as the start was given, Pierre Latour and Nans Peters went on the attack but failed to make a difference. It was then Julian Alaphilippe, on his 29th birthday, who revived hostilities on the slope of the Saint-Gothard and formed a three-way breakaway with his teammate Mattia Cattaneo and Marc Soler. In a second step, Antonio Nibali was able to make the connection. A quartet which led great train before, to promote the chances of his teammate, the world champion cut his effort and took up his place in the peloton.
A very large group isolated themselves
The Cattaneo-Soler-A.Nibali trio was however taken over by the peloton 60 kilometers from the finish… but calm did not set in. Indeed, a group of almost 40 riders then formed at the head of the race, taking some 40 seconds ahead of another group of ten riders, the peloton remaining at one and a half minutes. But unity was not the watchword of this breakaway because, from the first slopes of the Col de Lukmanier, the attacks were launched. First, Andreas Kron placed a start before seeing Soren Kragh Andersen pick it up and drop it. The Dane of the DSM team then suffered the same fate when David de la Cruz placed his start. Faced with the lack of organization, the Spaniard was able to widen a gap greater than the minute at the height of the difficulty. However, less at ease in the descent, David de la Cruz let go about twenty seconds to have less than a minute in advance at the end of this portion of the course. At the edge of the last ten kilometers, Antwan Tolhoek shook the group of pursuers behind the rider of the UAE Team Emirates.
Kron ultimately inherits the victory
Behind the Dutchman from the Jumbo-Visma team, Matteo Fabbro and Neilson Powless made the effort to come back. Accelerations which put an end to the attempt of a David de la Cruz visibly exhausted. The Spaniard saw a trio of Hermann Pernsteiner, Rui Alberto Faria da Costa and Andreas Kron take him back with six kilometers still to go. A trio that quickly took too much of a lead over the rest of the breakaway. In order to avoid a sprint, Hermann Pernsteiner tried to isolate himself two kilometers from the goal but without success. In the final straight, Rui Alberto Faria da Costa was the strongest but, in the sprint, he shifted from the right to the left of the roadway, cutting the path of Andreas Kron, second on the road. finishing line. It didn’t take long to see the Portuguese demoted to second place, with the victory going to the Dane. Arrived in the peloton, just under three minutes from the winner of the day, Richard Carapaz retains the yellow jersey on the eve of the time trial on the slopes of the Col de l’Oberalp, which will be decisive for the final victory.