Nico Denz won the sixth stage of the Tour de Suisse atop Moosalp in a sprint in a group of five. Clément Champoussin is second at the photo-finish and José Herrada third. The favorites were neutralized even if Remco Evenepoel still lost almost a minute.
After the many cases of covid that have affected the peloton in recent days, it is a relieved peloton of the UAE Team Emirates, Alpecin-Fenix and Bahrain Victorious teams and the Jumbo-Visma who had already left the Swiss roads for the same reason. The overall leader Aleksandr Vlasov also had to throw in the towel, his jersey going to Jacob Fuglsang.
On the program for this sixth stage, a summit finish at Moosalp (17.7km at 7.6%) after 177km of racing. Eleven men decide to take the lead with in particular the Belgian Brent Van MoreItalian Faust masnadathe American quinn Simmonsthe Australian Michael Matthews and the Spanish Jose Herrada.
The peloton lets go and the gap increases quickly. The victory will be decided between the fugitives. Four men stand out on the final climb: Masnada, Pacher, Dentz and Simons. Masnada accelerates 11km from the finish and lets go of Simmons when Pacher had already had to drop out. The Italian finds himself in a duet with Denz.
Behind, Lutsenko comes out of the peloton, clocked in at 5 minutes 30 at 9 km from the finish. The Kazak fell earlier in this round of Switzerland and are far behind overall. He is in 32nd place more than 10 minutes behind Fuglsang.
Simmons and Pacher have completely exploded and we find Champoussin and Herrada against the two leaders and the duo will return to Masnada and Denz 4km from the finish.
The peloton has largely increased the pace under the impetus of the Israel team. Time chosen by Maximilian Schachmann to accelerate. Fuglsang jumps directly into the wheel and the duo take a few meters ahead of the rest of the group, pulled by the Ineos who pick up again under the impulse of Martinez.
At 3km, Masnada accelerates again and if Champoussin and Denz manage to stay in the wheel, José Herrada does not manage to hang on directly but the Spaniard returns to the train after a slight slowdown from the trio.
In the peloton, Lutsenko is caught 3km from the finish while Grosschartner accelerates but is directly controlled by Martinez.
The leading quartet cannot decide between themselves and will play for the stage victory in a sprint to the top… with five since by dint of looking at each other, they let in Quinn Simmons who starts the sprint from afar but it’s the German Nico Denz who overtook him and won on the line ahead of Clément Champoussin at the photo-finish. José Herrada finished third.
In the group of favorites, it is Gerraint Thomas who crosses the line first more than 2 minutes from the winner but no big gap is to be reported even if Remco Evenepoel lost time again and conceded almost a minute to Fuglsang.