Nieve digs deep in the Swiss rain

15 Jun 2017

Nieve digs deep in the Swiss rain

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Mikel Nieve battled to 11th in the Swiss rain on day six at the Tour de Suisse.

The Spaniard launched a number of attacks on the Albula Pass, the day’s final climb, but he couldn’t break clear of the GC group’s clutches.

Then it was every man for himself on the short descent to the line as the rain started to lash down, allowing Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale) to push clear, win the stage, and take the yellow jersey from Damiano Caruso (BMC) by less than a second.

Nieve came home 24 seconds back in 11th meaning he slips to eighth overall, one minute and 19 seconds back on Pozzovivo, with one big mountain day to come in Switzerland.

Earlier in the 160 kilometre stage Philip Deignan had pushed clear in the day’s break and Tao Geoghegan Hart was able to bridge across to the Irishman on the final ascent, 25km from the finish.

Deignan did a great job of pacing Geoghegan Hart further up the climb before the young Brit pushed on alone, but once the attacks started firing out of the yellow jersey group he was caught by what was left of the peloton.

He dug in and eventually came home two minutes and 22 seconds back on the stage winner and now sits 13th overall.
Tao after his attack on the final climb

Tao after his attack on the final climb

Route du Sud

Kenny Elissonde animated the opening day at the Route du Sud but was denied the chance to go for the win by breakaway winner Julien Loubet.

Loubet (Armée de Terre) pushed clear of the break in the final 30km and Elissonde’s group was unable to bring the Frenchman back on the run to the line.

Once the day’s original break had been reeled in Elissonde pushed away on the day’s second climb, the Col de la Bane. He launched a number of attacks on the final climb but nobody had an answer for Loubet.

Sergio Henao, Geraint Thomas and Wout Poels all finished safely in the peloton, six minutes back on the winner. 

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