Williams first leader

After four laps of a circuit laid out around Küsnacht, Stephen Williams settled the sprint of a small group to win the 1st stage of the Tour de Suisse. A stage that saw some leading riders lose time, including Thibaut Pinot.

Stephen Williams launches the Tour de Suisse with a bang. Contested on a 43.7 kilometer long circuit around Küsnacht and covered four times, this first stage was quickly lively. Indeed, a group of seven riders including Casper Pedersen, Chad Haga and Quinn Simmons took off, the gap reaching a maximum lead of four minutes. Brent Van Moer tried to make the connection at the start of this breakaway but the Belgian had to admit defeat after ten kilometers of “potato hunting”. Very quickly, the Bora-Hansgrohe, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl, BikeExchange-Jayco and EF Education-Easypost teams took charge of the pace of the peloton to bring it back under three minutes behind the second crossing of the finish line . A situation which then stabilized for a long time, with the only notable event being the rider from the Groupama-FDJ team Lewis Askey who was left behind on the penultimate lap of the race. Jay Vine and Johan Jacobs suffered the same fate at the start of the last 30 kilometers and while the peloton, having significantly increased the pace, came back to 30 seconds.

Williams seized his chance

The fourth and final ascent of the Pfannenstiel, the summit of which was 19 kilometers from the finish, saw Simon Vitzthum, Chad Haga and Casper Pedersen put their last strength into battle against a peloton that did not stay calm for long. In effect, at the instigation of the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team, the breakaway was caught at the foot of the Küsnachter Berg, the last difficulty of the day. A climb that first saw Stefan Küng place a start, imitated by Jakob Fuglsang. If Remco Evenepoel was able to resist, Thibaut Pinot lost ground on the lead. In the final, a group reduced to about fifteen riders broke away to play for the stage victory. Remco Evenepoel tried to leave with the red flame with Aleksandr Vlasov, without however deceiving the vigilance of Jakob Fuglsang and Adam Yates. The sprint then became inevitable and, in this little game, it was Stephen Williams who proved to be the strongest. The rider from the Bahrain Victorious team is ahead of Maximilian Schachmann and Andreas Kron to put on the first Tour de Suisse leader’s jersey.

1st stage – Küsnacht-Küsnacht (177.6km) – Sunday June 12, 2022
1- Stephen Williams (GBR/Bahrain Victorious) in 4h16’51”
2- Maximilian Schachmann (GER/Bora-Hansgrohe) mt
3- Andreas Kron (DAN/Lotto-Soudal) mt
4- Marc Hirschi (SUI/UAE Team Emirates) mt
5- Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ/Astana Qazaqstan) mt
6- Ilan Van Vilder (BEL/Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) mt
7- Stefan Küng (SUI/Groupama-FDJ) mt
8- Sergio Higuita (COL/Bora-Hansgrohe) mt
9- Sepp Kuss (USA/Jumbo-Visma) mt
10- Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materials) mt

General classification after 1 stage (out of 8)
1- Stephen Williams (GBR/Bahrain Victorious) in 4h16’41”
2- Maximilian Schachmann (GER / Bora-Hansgrohe) at 4”
3- Andreas Kron (DAN/Lotto-Soudal) at 6”
4- Marc Hirschi (SUI/UAE Team Emirates) at 10”
5- Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ/Astana Qazaqstan) at 10”
6- Ilan Van Vilder (BEL/Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) at 10”
7- Stefan Küng (SUI/Groupama-FDJ) at 10”
8- Sergio Higuita (COL / Bora-Hansgrohe) at 10 ”
9- Sepp Kuss (USA/Jumbo-Visma) at 10”
10- Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) at 10”

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