Michael Matthews sprinted to 6th place at stage 8 of the Tour de Suisse today, after a last ditch attack was brought back by the chasing peloton.
Just 100 kilometres of racing was on the menu for Team Sunweb at Tour de Suisse today, with eight classified climbs making for a bumpy stage. Riders were off to a fast and furious start, with a four rider break going clear early on. On these parcours, the peloton were reluctant to allow the quartet much freedom up the road and their lead never increased much over two minutes. With 10 kilometres to go the break was brought back and it was a fight for position at the front. An array of attacks came almost as soon as the junction was made, with Michael Matthews putting in an effort for a last minute breakaway attempt. As Michael attacked, five riders followed the move but the peloton weren’t happy to let the group stay away and a furious chase brought back their move. Michael remained up at the front of the peloton in contention for the sprint where he took 6th place.
“Today was a hard short circuit and the team did a great job to keep me fresh all day,” said Michael after the stage. “I thought it was a good moment to go for an attack on the climb but it didn’t work out and everything came together for a bunch sprint. I lost a few positions before the last corner and wasn’t able to make it up.”
Team Sunweb coach Marc Reef added: “Today was 12.5 kilometre laps of a 100 kilometre course. We were pretty open with our ambitions going into the race. In the beginning four riders went clear and we had Albert on the front just before the halfway mark to help with the chase, he did a really great job. In the end Michael decided to attack but he wasn’t able to stay away.”