Team Sunweb animated the final kilometres of the third stage of Tour de Suisse today, with the team launching a volley of attacks in attempt to reduce the peloton for the upcoming sprint. Michael Matthews finished the day in 6th place with Wilco Kelderman also home safe in the select group.
A 3-rider breakaway animated stage three’s early proceedings as they nipped clear of the peloton in the first five kilometres of the day. The peloton seemed content to let them go, organising their chase to bring them back in the final eight kilometres as the bunch geared up for the final climb of the day. The attacks came in thick and fast on the run in to the finish, with Søren Kragh Andersen putting in a solo effort off the front of the bunch. Despite plenty of opportunists, the bunch remained intact for a reduced uphill sprint to the line. Team Sunweb’s Michael Matthews finished the day in 6th place with Wilco Kelderman rolling home safe in the bunch to protect his GC position of 7th and Sam Oomen also in the bunch to retain his lead in the young riders competition.
Michael said: “I think we did a good team job today, all through the race final climb I was in good position. I went over the top in good position with the boys around me in the finish I tried my best to do my sprint but had no power left, but I’m getting better everyday hoping for better feels tomorrow.”
Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef said: “Today was a stage of 185 kilometres with five climbs in the last 65 kilometres. Our goal was to protect Wilco and when Michael passed the last climb, we also wanted to go for him. The race was controlled by different teams until the last climb and there the tempo went up. Sagan attacked and Michael and Wilco followed and afterwards Søren brought Wilco afterwards in first position over the top. After the descent around 60 guys that went in one group to the finish. Michael was searching too much and lost the momentum a little bit, where he finished 6th. Wilco still 7th, Sam 8th and in young jersey”