Tour of Switzerland: Impey in force

At the end of a massive sprint, Daryl Impey was able to make his burst of speed speak for himself to win the 4th stage of the Tour de Suisse ahead of Michael Matthews and Søren Kragh Andersen. Stephen Williams retains the race leader’s yellow jersey.

Daryl Impey knew how to come out of his box at the right time. The South African sprinter from the Israel-Premier Tech team proved to be the strongest in Brunnen to win the 4th stage of the Tour de Suisse. On a course of 190.8km marked by two difficulties, the candidates for the breakaway were numerous and the good shot of the day took nearly 20 kilometers to form. Matthew Holmes, Markus Hoelgaard and Jimmy Janssens received an exit voucher. Taking advantage of a moderate tempo set up by the Bahrain Victorious and Ineos Grenadiers teams, this trio was able to take up to five minutes in advance with just over 150 kilometers to go.

However, the teams interested in the stage victory quickly geared up to tighten the reins on the leading group. Movistar, EF Education-Easypost and Movistar took turns at the front of the peloton to gradually reduce the backlog of the peloton on the breakaways. At the start of the last 70 kilometers, the difference between the two groups stabilized at just under two minutes.

Impey all in power

However, approaching the climb to Sattel, the summit of which was located fifteen kilometers from the goal, the tempo once again increased and it was on the first slopes of this climb that the breakaway ended up being caught. . From then on, Gianluca Brambilla then a duo made up of Marc Hirschi and Jakob Fuglsang tried their luck on the climb. Sébastien Reichenbach, meanwhile, swung into the lead but failed to make the hole. The Swiss runner was absorbed nine kilometers from the goal, opening the door to a massive sprint.

After his stage two mishap, Alberto Bettiol was perfectly launched by his EF Education-Easypost teammates but the Italian was dropped in the final 150 meters by Daryl Impey. The South African won less than half a wheel ahead of Michael Matthews, who started his effort too late, when Søren Kragh Andersen finished third by just over a length. A time behind in the climb of Sattel, Stephen Williams was able to finish with the peloton and retains the yellow jersey of leader of the Tour de Suisse.


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