Race report

Brutal finish climb sees Lennard Kämna come 9th on the stage and Nicholas Roche up to 9th on GC

Tour de Suisse

The longest stage of the race was on the menu for the riders today, with 216 kilometres from Untererzen to St. Gotthard which played host to another summit finish. The fight to get into the breakaway was intense and it in the opening hour of racing the peloton covered over 51 kilometres. Eventually the elastic snapped and a group of eight riders got clear and the formed the break of the day.

With all the Team Sunweb riders in the peloton, focus switched to the difficult final climb of Gotthard Pass. The GC squads upped the pace before the bottom of the last ascent, with the team working well to position Lennard Kämna and Nicholas Roche near the head of the peloton.

Not only was the last climb long and steep, it also had the added difficulty of part of it being covered in Swiss cobbles and it soon saw the peloton thin out. Kämna and Roche rode well, picking off riders as they dropped back. The two Team Sunweb riders were in the reduced bunch of around 20 riders when eventual stage winner, Bernal, made his attack with three kilometres to go. Riding at their own tempo all the way to the finish line, Kämna delivered a strong late surge to come home in ninth place. Roche was not too far behind, crossing the line in 13th, a result which saw him move up to ninth in the overall standings after the stage.

“Today was a good day; the team did great work throughout the stage to get Lennard and myself into a good position at the bottom of the climb,” explained Roche at the finish. “We rode a strong performance as a team and Lennard and myself really gave it our all to finish it in the best possible way.”

Team Sunweb coach Luke Roberts added: “It was quite a brutal final climb today and there was already a big pass in the middle of the race too. Despite the strong eight rider breakaway, in the end the peloton could control the move and raced on the final climb for the stage win. Both Lennard and Nico have done a really solid performance on the stage; with Lennard coming in ninth on the stage and Nico securing his top ten spot on GC. We can be really satisfied with the performance of the guys today.”

Results

Pos. Rider Team Time Points
1 BERNAL Egan Team INEOS 5:37:40 60
2 POZZOVIVO Domenico Bahrain Merida 0:23 25
3 DENNIS Rohan Bahrain Merida ,, 10
9 KÄMNA Lennard Team Sunweb 1:03 -
13 ROCHE Nicolas Team Sunweb 1:06 -
55 KELDERMAN Wilco Team Sunweb 11:23 -
66 HIRSCHI Marc Team Sunweb 15:25 -
71 MATTHEWS Michael Team Sunweb 15:44 -
104 KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren Team Sunweb 20:03 -
127 ARNDT Nikias Team Sunweb 26:11 -