The seventh stage of the Tour de Suisse saw another change in GC as the tough mountain top finish took its toll and split the race. Before this, former race leader Michael Matthews got himself into the day’s breakaway, staying out front for the majority of the stage.
Michael was part of an 18-rider group that formed early in the stage after a short fight to make the early move. Their advantage never grew over 4 minutes as the peloton kept a close eye on the relatively large group, gradually reeling them back in on the approach to the final test of the day. Michael took second at the intermediate sprint before the climb started, from which his time at the front was over.
The chasing peloton behind soon closed the gap and the GC favourites went head-to-head with riders eventually crossing the finish line in ones and twos.
After the stage, Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef told us: “Today was a more or less flat stage with the finish on the Tiefenbachferner climb. Michael was in a break of 18 riders that never got more than 4 minutes. At the foot of the final climb it was all back together and the fight for the stage and GC started. We all finished on a good way.”