Tour of Switzerland: Vlasov takes power

Russian Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the 5th stage of the Tour de Suisse by beating a small group of favorites in a sprint. He took the opportunity to take the lead in the general classification three stages from the end.

Change on the Tour of Switzerland! While Stephen Williams had been leading the general classification since his victory in the first stage on Sunday, he had to give up his jersey to Aleksandr Vlasov, the man of the day, who scored twice by winning the 5th stage and taking control. of the race. The Russian from the Bora-Hansgrohe team sprinted ahead of the three other riders who had managed to extricate themselves from the peloton in the last climb at Novazzano, Neilson Powless, Jakob Fuglsang and Geraint Thomas. If the Dane was the most enterprising, with several attacks in the final, he had to give in to the Russian, who was stronger in the last hectometres. At 26, Vlasov offers himself the eleventh victory of his career and the fifth this season, after in particular the general classification of the Tour de la Communauté de Valence in February and the Tour de Romandie in May. From July 1, he will participate in his first Tour de France, and there is no doubt that he will be one of the outsiders, especially since his team is solid, with no less than four Bora-Hansgrohe among the first eleven in the ranking. overall, with Vlasov 16 seconds ahead of Higuita, 28 over Powless and 1’01 over Schachmann.

Evenpoel and Pinot did not hold

During this 5th stage, part without the Jumbo-Visma, affected by the covid, the breakaway of the day was made up of Silvan Dillier (Alpecin-Fenix), Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies), Johan Jacobs (Movistar), Alexander Kamp (Trek -Segafredo) and Claudio Imhof (Swiss Cycling), who were up to 7’37 ahead. Imhof and Jacobs, then Turgis, gave up about 70 kilometers from the finish, then it was Kamp who broke down and left Dillier alone 38 kilometers from the end. The Swiss rider offered himself an individual time trial for about twenty kilometers, before the peloton caught up with him. Leknessund and Fulgsang accelerated, which hurt some riders expected this week, such as Remco Evenepoel (arrived 2’12 behind) or Thibaut Pinot (1’49 behind). As for the leader, Stephen Williams, he joined the sprinters’ gruppetto a long time ago. In the end, thirteen riders stood in ten seconds on the finish line, and Aleksandr Vlasov was the strongest. He is six seconds ahead of Fuglsang and seven over Thomas, before Friday’s queen stage, with two out-of-category passes on the menu.

UCI World Tour Tour of Switzerland CYCLING – UCI WORLD TOUR / TOUR OF SWITZERLAND
Classification of the 5th stage (Ambri-Novazzano, 193km) – Thursday June 16, 2022
1- Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS / Bora-Hansgrohe) in 4h30’29
2- Neilson Powless (USA/EF Education-EasyPost) mt
3- Jakob Fuglsang (DAN/Israel-Premier Tech) mt
4- Geraint Thomas (GBR / Ineos Grenadiers) mt
5- Diego Ulissi (ITA/UAE Emirates) at 5″
6- Felix Grossschartner (AUT/Bora-Hansgrohe) at 6″
7- Stefan Küng (SUI / Groupama-FDJ) at 6″
8- Sergio Higuita (COL / Bora-Hansgrohe) at 6″
9- Maximilian Schachmann (ALL / Bora-Hansgrohe) at 6″
10- Sebastien Reichenbach (SUI/Groupama-FDJ) at 9″

23- Mathieu Burgaudeau (FRA/TotalEnergies) at 1’46

General classification after 5 stages (out of 8)
1- Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS / Bora-Hansgrohe) in 22:16:56
2- Jakob Fuglsang (DAN/Israel-Premier Tech) at 6″
3- Geraint Thomas (GBR / Ineos Grenadiers) at 7″
4- Andreas Kron (DAN / Lotto-Soudal) at 14″
5- Stefan Küng (SUI / Groupama-FDJ) at 16″
6- Sergio Higuita (COL / Bora-Hansgrohe) at 16″
7- Neilson Powless (USA/EF Education-EasyPost) at 28″
8- Felix Grossschartner (AUT / Bora-Hansgrohe) at 40″
9- Sébastien Reichenbach (SUI / Groupama-FDJ) at 43″
10- Andreas Leknessund (DAN/DSM) at 44″

21- Mathieu Burgaudeau (FRA/TotalEnergies) at 2’44

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