• Antwan Tolhoek (Jumbo - Visma) celebrates during the 83rd Tour of Switzerland - Stage 6 a 120,2km stage from Einsiedeln to Flumserberg (Getty) (Velo)Source: Velo
Jumbo-Visma's Antwan Tolhoek took his first ever WorldTour victory as the Tour de Suisse moved to the mountains, the 25-year-old holding off his breakaway companions and new race leader Egan Bernal.
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Tour de Suisse, Jumbo-Visma
21 Jun 2019 - 10:48 AM  UPDATED 21 Jun 2019 - 11:44 AM

The Dutchman attacked from the day's 25-rider break on the final climb with Team Ineos setting a blistering pace behind for Bernal who finished just 17 seconds behind Tolhoek. 

"I heard on the radio that Bernal was coming," Tolhoek said. "Last year, I got beaten by him in California. I didn’t want that to happen again.”

“This is a very special feeling. Three years ago I won the mountain jersey in this race and now I have won my first professional race at WorldTour level here: an indescribable feeling.

"Also my compliments to the team and the way we raced. We are with only five riders, but we continue to fight every day."

Bernal's late dominance moved him into the race lead, only the third Colombian in the history of the race to don the leader's jersey behind 2016's overall winner Miguel Angel Lopez and Juan Mauricio Soler who wore it for one day in 2011. 

"I waited for the best moment for my attack in the peloton. My legs were hurting, but I knew I had to grab my chance," he said. 

It's now just a matter of defence for Team Ineos and its undisputed leader at this race after Geraint Thomas crashed out on Stage 4. 

Thomas crashes out of Tour de Suisse
Geraint Thomas has abandoned the Tour de Suisse after suffering a hard crash on stage four but insisted he will defend his Tour de France crown next month.

"There are still some tough stages to cover until Sunday. My teammates and I will work hard to defend my leader’s jersey," said Bernal.