• Sagan claims his 11th career win in the Tour de Suisse (AAP) (KEYSTONE)Source: KEYSTONE
Peter Sagan schooled the sprinters once again, perfectly executing a technical run to the finish to take the Sixth Stage of the Tour de Suisse.
Cycling Central

19 Jun 2015 - 8:12 AM 

A prime lead-out from his Tinkoff-Saxo team-mates sent Sagan off into the last 90-degree bend from where he powered towards the line.

Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Soudal) finished second, while Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) was third. The pre-stage favourite, Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) had to settle for 6th place.

“It was very crazy in the finale. We did a good lead-out train the last two-three kilometres, as in the headwind everybody wanted to be at the front. I took the penultimate turn to the left a little bit back but I gained more speed and I was in second position before the last turn thanks to great help from (Daniele) Bennati. I could start the last part of my sprint after the corner and I won the stage.

I am very happy and today my team once again supported me and thanks to them I could take my second stage win this year. It was a very technical finish but I don’t think that it was too dangerous. In fact, if everybody can be at the front it’s more difficult than if the front is stretched out.” – Peter Sagan

On top of his two stage wins in this year's race, Sagan is hoping for one more to make the record books for the most number of career wins at the Tour de Suisse.

"Ferdi Kübler and Hugo Koblet are the record-holders in the Tour de Suisse with 11 stage wins each and now I’m alongside them. Tomorrow, we will try to beat that record!" said the Slovak.

Stage Six from Wil to Biel was 193.1km through lumpy terrain. On paper, this was the only stage in the race where the pure sprinters would have a chance to shine.

A small group got away early, but under the pouring rain Etixx-Quick-Step, Giant-Alpecin, Katusha and FDJ kept the break on a tight leash. The gap never exceeded five minutes.

The peloton came back together just before la flame rouge with Tinkoff-Saxo protecting Sagan at the front.

The last kilometre included two difficult corners but it didn’t hamper Sagan’s chances. Quite the contrary. With Bennati to lead him out in the technical final, Sagan had no problems taking his 11th stage win in Tour de Suisse history.

In the general classification, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) still leads in front of Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and Simon Spilak (Katusha).

On Friday, Tour de Suisse continues with another undulating stage. With numerous hills on the menu, the GC riders will have to stay alert in order to not lose any time. 

Stage 6: 193.1km, Wil - Biel
1 Peter Sagan (SVK) Tinkoff-Saxo 4hr 34min 43sec 
2 Jurgen Roelandts (BEL) Lotto Soudal         
3 Alexander Kristoff (NOR) Katusha         
4 Jean-Pierre Drucker (LUX) BMC       
5 Daniele Bennati (ITA) Tinkoff-Saxo         
6 Mark Cavendish (GBR) Etixx-Quick-Step 0:00:02    
7 Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL) LottoNL-Jumbo         
8 Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ) Astana         
9 Borut Bozic (SLO) Astana     
10 Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) Astana

General classification
1 Thibaut Pinot (FRA) FDJ.fr 22hr 16min 51sec    
2 Geraint Thomas (GBR) Sky 0:00:42    
3 Simon Spilak (SLO) Katusha 0:00:50    
4 Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:55    
5 Miguel Angel Lopez (COL) Astana 0:01:07    
6 Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) Astana 0:01:22    
7 Tom Dumoulin (NED) Giant-Alpecin 0:01:32    
8 Steve Morabito (SWI) FDJ.fr 0:02:29    
9 Sébastien Reichenbach (SWI) IAM Cycling 0:02:43    
10 Sergio Luis Henao (COL) Sky 0:02:46