On the 189 kilometre long 4th stage of the Tour de Suisse, Michael Matthews powered to 2nd place, crossing the line first from the bunch behind a solo breakaway rider in Gstaad.
Early in the stage, a group of six riders went clear, building an advantage that reached six minutes. As the race headed into the second half, the peloton started to close the gap. Due to the high speed, which, amongst others, was set by Team Sunweb’s Søren Kragh Andersen, the move was all but over with 10 kilometres to go. The peloton, down to around only 50 riders due to the tough parcours and fast pace, kept pushing to try to catch what was left of the leading group. After a strong lead-out from his Team Sunweb teammates, Michael won the sprint from the bunch to take second after 4:36:04 hours of hard riding. Sam Oomen was able to keep his lead in the best young rider’s classification.
Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef said: “Our goal was to keep Wilco save, but also try to make a move with Søren, and if Michael could survive to the sprint to go with him. The boys did a really good job for this plan.”
Team Sunweb coach Morten Bennekou added: “Today was a good learning day. Our riders worked together very well. After the hard work of his team mates, Michael thanked them with 2nd place.”
Second place from today, Michael Matthews said: “Today was a special day regarding the weather. I think we showed a very good performance. Søren and Simon especially did a great job. Today was a lot better day than yesterday. It means that we can look forward to the next days.”