Sagan Notches Up 16th Stage Victory at Tour de Suisse

Slovak cycling star Peter Sagan. (Stock photo by AP)

Frauenfeld, June 10 (TASR) – Reigning world cycling champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the 155-kilometre second stage of the Tour de Suisse on Sunday, beating Colombian Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) and Australian Nathan Haas (Katusha-Alpecin).

Sagan, who on Sunday notched up his 16th stage victory in the Tour de Suisse, is fifth in the overall rankings of this year’s race, which is headed by Swiss Stefan Kueng (BMC Racing Team), who arrived with the bunch on Sunday.

Seven cyclists were involved in a key breakaway on the hilly circuit stage with some nine kilometres to go, with the peloton having to put in a great deal of effort to remove the lead. This resulted in the main pack being reduced to some 50 riders, with Peter Sagan and his brother Juraj featuring at the front along with Michael Matthews (Sunweb) and Gaviria, while some noted sprinters dropped out.

Peter Sagan emerged from Gaviria’s slipstream in the final metres to take the stage victory.

The 182-kilometre-long third stage on Monday could again suit Sagan. It features a rippled profile with five third-category climbs, one of them shortly before the finish.