Tour of Switzerland: The beautiful number of Leknessund

Member of the breakaway of the day, the Norwegian from the DSM team Andreas Leknessund won the 2nd stage of the Tour de Suisse on Tuesday, but Stephen Williams (Bahrain Victorious) retains the lead in the general classification.

Just 23 years old and a first World Tour success for Andreas Leknessund! The Norwegian from the DSM team, who had previously won “only” two national time trial champion titles in 2019 and 2020, won a great victory on Monday during the 2nd stage. of the Tour of Switzerland. A member of the breakaway of the day, he attacked at the right time to win alone, 38 seconds ahead of the peloton. Leknessund left after around thirty kilometers with seven other riders: Matthew Holmes (Lotto Soudal), Mathieu Burgaudeau (TotalEnergies), Michael Schär (AG2R-Citroën), Matteo Badilatti (Groupama-FDJ), Jonas Rutsch (EF Education-EasyPost) , Leonardo Basso (Astana Qazaqstan) and Joel Suter (UAE Emirates). They were joined twenty kilometers later by two Swiss Cycling riders, Simon Vitzthum and Claudio Imhof, and the group of ten had a lead of up to 3’40.

Burgaudeau tried his luck

Imhof was the first to drop, on an unmarked climb, and was caught a little later by the peloton, while Suter and Rutsch accelerated in the lead. But finally, the group of nine reformed at the top of Gempen (2nd category), 70 kilometers from the finish. As the climbs of this steep end of the stage progressed, some gave up and then found the leading group. But 25 kilometers from the finish, there were only six left: Holmes, Burgaudeau, Leknessund, Schär, Badilatti and Rutsch, who were 2’45 ahead of the peloton. About fifteen kilometers from the goal, Burgaudeau tried to go alone, but Leknessund countered and no one managed to take him back. He therefore offers himself this first victory in the World Tour, while Alberto Bettiol, winner of the peloton sprint, thought he had won and raised his arms on the line. Winner of the first stage, Stephen Williams retains the lead of the classification, before the third stage, which has a climb of first category, one of second and two of third.

Classification of the 2nd stage (Küsnacht-Aesch, 199km) – Monday June 13, 2022
1- Andreas Leknessund (NOR / DSM) in 4h46’23
2- Alberto Bettiol (ITA/EF Education-EasyPost) at 38″
3- Michael Matthews (AUS/BikeExchange-Jayco) at 38″
4- Andrea Pasqualon (ITA/Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materials) at 38″
5- Matteo Trentin (ITA/UAE Emirates) at 38″
6- Nikias Arndt (GER / DSM) at 38″
7- Stefan Küng (SUI / Groupama-FDJ) at 38″
8- Edoardo Zambanini (ITA/Bahrain-Victorious) at 38″
9- Daniel Oss (ITA/TotalEnergies) at 38″
10- Stefano Oldani (ITA / Alpecin-Fenix) at 38″

21- Nicolas Prodhomme (FRA / AG2R-Citroën) at 38″

General classification after 2 stages (out of 8)
1- Stephen Williams (GBR/Bahrain Victorious) in 9h03’41”
2- Maximilian Schachmann (GER / Bora-Hansgrohe) at 4”
3- Andreas Kron (DAN/Lotto-Soudal) at 6”
4- Andreas Leknessund (NOR/DSM) at 7″
5- Stefan Küng (SUI/Groupama-FDJ) at 10”
6- Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ/Astana Qazaqstan) at 10”
7- Sepp Kuss (USA/Jumbo-Visma) at 10”
8- Marc Hirschi (SUI/UAE Team Emirates) at 10”
9- Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS/Bora-Hansgrohe) at 10″
10- Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) at 10”

Clément Berthet (FRA / AG2R-Citröen) at 34″

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