Aleksandr Vlasov was the strongest on the fifth stage of the Tour de Suisse. By winning in the sprint ahead of other favourites, the Russian seized the leader’s tunic at the same time. For his part, Remco Evenepoel lost a lot of time.
Before the race started, the news was already lively with the withdrawal of the Jumbo-Visma team due to Covid but also Adam Yates (INEOS Grenadiers) and three riders from the DSM team: Soren Kragh Andersen, Casper Pedersen and Cees Bol.
The 5th stage of the Tour de Suisse promised a spectacle with a 190.1 km long course this Thursday between Ambri and Novazzano and the last two hours of racing during which the flat is almost non-existent. Quite quickly, a group of five runners took to their heels, in particular with the Swiss Silvan Dillier (Alpecin-Fenix) and the Danish Alexander Kamp (Trek-Segafredo).
62 kilometers from the finish, the first event of the day takes place when the yellow jersey stephen williams (Bahrain – Victorious) can no longer keep up with the peloton. In front, Kamp and Dillier are now only two while the INEOS Grenadiers team of Geraint Thomas does the job. 36 kilometers from the goal, Kamp had to let go of Dillier who was only caught fourteen kilometers from the line.
Meanwhile, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) can’t keep up. He managed to get into the peloton thanks to the support of two teammates. On the penultimate climb, the young rider must once again let the peloton slip away, this time definitively.
Just before the summit of the penultimate ascent, Jakob Fuglsang (Israel – Premier Tech) is the first favorite to show up but a large number of its competitors manage to follow it. In the descent, Thomas Pidcock (INEOS Grenadier) and Maximilian Schachmann (BORA – hansgrohe) try their luck but fail to take a sufficient lead, the fault in particular of a chain jump by the German.
The understanding in the lead group, made up of about fifteen members, is very bad. This allows Fuglsang to come out again as Thomas, Aleksandr Vlasov (BORA – hansgrohe) and Neilson Powless (EF Education-EasyPost) come out behind but do not collaborate well. The Russian then decides to leave alone and returns on the head, accompanied by Thomas, followed a little later by Powless and Schachmann.
Despite the reduction of the gap with the pursuers, the victory is disputed between the five men in the sprint. Vlasov proved to be the fastest ahead of Powless and Fuglsang and took the opportunity to grab the leader’s tunic. Much further, Evenepoel arrives more than two minutes late.