Stevie Williams holds on to the yellow jersey in Tour de Suiss

Wednesday 15th June 2022 7:58 am
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Steve Williams crosses the finish line following his well-timed sprint TeamBahrainVictorious WorldTour victory at stage one of the Tour de Suisse
Steve Williams crosses the finish line following his well-timed sprint in Stage 1 (Sprintcycling, TeamBahrainVictorious )

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Stephen Williams retained his overall lead in the Tour de Suiss after finishing safely in the bunch at the end of Stage 3 yesterday.

The 26-year-old Bahrain Victorious cyclist from Capel Dewi secured his first WorldTour victory to claim the yellow jersey after Sunday’s Stage One and still holds on to it going into stage four today.

Yesterday’s stage 3 from Aesch to Grenchen was won by triple world champion Peter Sagan, his first win since last September, opening his account for new team TotalEnergies.

Stage Four, 15 June. Grenchen - Brunnen (191km)

On paper this stage is tailored for sprinters and is the flattest in the whole Tour.

After the start near the Tissot Velodrome, the peloton crosses the Cantons of Solothurn, Bern, Lucerne and Schwyz.

Before the celebrations in Brunnen however, there is one last obstacle to overcome on this leg.

On the additional lap in the Mythen region, the cyclists have to tackle the ascent over the Sattel.

This offers a last opportunity for breakaways and mountain climbers to shake off the sprinters.

Stage 5, 16 June. Ambri – Novazzano (193km)

Benvenuti in Ticino! Stage 5 is a pure “Tessin stage”. The sunny region of Switzerland hosts a truly classic stage.

After the start next to the new ice hockey stadium of HC Ambri-Piotta, the peloton sets off on its journey south. The first attacks are anticipated on the ascent to Monte Ceneri.

The approximately 80-kilometre-long additional circuit, which will be completed a little more than twice, could develop into an elimination race.

The classic specialists will no doubt make the race hard and fast. The constant ups and downs on sections of the 2009 Mendrisio World Cup course culminate in Novazzano.

Stage 6, 17 June. Locarno – Moosalp (180km)

From one “sunny Canton” to the next.

For the riders, however, it will be anything but a holiday!

After the start in Locarno, the route leads northwards through the Leventina and the Val Bedretto.

The big battle for the General Classification will start at the latest on the ascent to the Nufenen Pass – the highest road pass in Switzerland.

The long descent through the Upper Valais follows, until the ultimate challenge of the final climb up to Moosalp. The mountain goats in the peloton will enjoy this Queen stage to the fullest.

The General Classification will start to really shape up after this stage.

Stage 7, 18 June. Ambri - Malbun (196km)

In character, stage 7 is similar to the previous day’s stage. An energy-sapping pass followed by a mountain finish. Only this time the peloton starts in Ambri and sets course towards the Lukmanier Pass to reach Malbun via the Surselva and Chur.

The leader’s team must give everything again today to defend the yellow jersey. For cyclists who don’t have great time trial skills, it will mean giving everything they’ve got.

It will be an exciting stage that will certainly bring clarity to the General Classification.

Stage 8, 19 June. Vaduz – Vaduz (25km)

25 mostly flat kilometres to decide victory or defeat. The men’s Tour de Suisse 2022 will be determined by the battle against the clock.

The real specialists on a time trial bike have an advantage on the last day. It will be obvious which general classification riders still have fuel in the tank and which ones are running on empty as a result of the two tough mountain stages.

A time trial over this distance can still cause one or two changes in the General Classification. The most gifted rouleurs and time trialists will certainly provide a final fireworks display around Vaduz.


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