Sagan finally opens his counter!

After very complicated months, Peter Sagan won this Tuesday during the 3rd stage of the Tour de Suisse his first victory in the colors of TotalEnergies, beating Bryan Coquard in the sprint. Stephen Williams remains the overall leader.

We had to wait almost half a season, but Peter Sagan finally got his first victory in the colors of TotalEnergies. Recruited in the off-season by the French formation, the former triple world champion had struggled in recent months, the fault in particular of the covid which had greatly disrupted his preparation. The Slovak has only been able to race for 17 days in competition in 2022 and has never finished in the top three of a stage, a rarity for him over such a long period. But the wait is finally over. This Tuesday, during the third stage of the Tour de Suisse, the 32-year-old rider signed his first victory since September 2021. Very well led by his team, he concluded by winning in force on the side of Granges, ahead of Bryan Coquard and Alexander Kristoff. This is the 120th victory of his career, his 18th in the Tour de Suisse, a race he particularly enjoys.

Bissegger tried, Pinot gave up

This stage, a priori the last reserved for sprinters, was marked by the long breakaway of six men: Philippe Gilbert (Lotto-Soudal), Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo), Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-EasyPost), Joseph Rosskopf ( Rally), Manuele Boaro (Astana Qazaqstan) and Matthias Reutimann (Vorarlberg). Bissegger tried to start alone 41 kilometers from the finish, but Simmons followed, and the Swiss, a time trial specialist, did it again nine kilometers later. This time he started alone, but was caught 14 kilometers from the line. The victory was therefore decided in a sprint, and Sagan was the strongest. Leader since the first stage, Stephen Williams retains the lead in the general classification, but the Top 5 has changed, with the disappearance of second, Maximilian Schachmann, victim of a fall four kilometers from the end, and the finish in fourth place of Geraint Thomas, who took three bonus seconds in a sprint. Clément Berthet is the first Frenchman. He is 13th at 34 seconds. Thibaut Pinot meanwhile said goodbye to the final victory by losing three minutes. But maybe it’s to better be able to attack these next few days, which will be more mountainous? On Wednesday, a second category climb will be on the program, 16 kilometers from the finish.

Classification of the 3rd stage (Aesch-Grenchen, 177km) – Tuesday June 14, 2022
1- Peter Sagan (SLQ / TotalEnergie) in 4h28’38
2- Bryan Coquard (FRA/Cofidis) mt
3- Alexander Kristoff (NOR/Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materials) mt
4- Thomas Pidcock (GBR / Ineos Grenadiers) mt
5- Alex Aramburu (ESP/Movistar) mt
6- Matteo Trentino (ITA/UAE Emirates) mt
7- Cees Bol (PBS/DSM) mt
8- Michael Matthews (AUS/BikeExchange-Jayco) mt
9- Michael Teunissen (PBS/Jumbo-Visma) mt
10- Alberto Bettiol (ITA/EF Education-EasyPost) mt

General classification after 3 stages (out of 8)
1- Stephen Williams (GBR/Bahrain Victorious) in 13h32’19”
2- Andreas Kron (DAN/Lotto-Soudal) at 6”
3- Andreas Leknessund (NOR/DSM) at 7″
4- Geraint Thomas (GBR / Ineos Grenadiers) at 7″
5- Stefan Küng (SUI/Groupama-FDJ) at 10”
6- Sepp Kuss (USA/Jumbo-Visma) at 10”
7- Marc Hirschi (SUI/UAE Team Emirates) at 10”
8- Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS/Bora-Hansgrohe) at 10″
9- Jakob Fuglsang (DAN/Israel-Premier Tech) at 10″
10- Adam Yates (GBR / Ineos Grenadiers) at 10″

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

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