Stefan Küng moved into the leader’s yellow jersey at his home race today after a chaotic finish to Tour de Suisse stage 2 saw Rohan Dennis caught up in a late crash.
After less than 15km, of the 172.7km course, a five-rider breakaway was given the freedom to go clear at the front of the race.
With their advantage quickly rising to over six minutes, BMC Racing Team took control of the bunch behind and, as the peloton finished the first of four laps around Cham, the breakaway was hovering around four minutes in front.
Heading into the final 70km of the day, an increase in pace from the peloton saw the gap to the leaders begin to fall steadily and, as the bell rang to signal the beginning of the final lap, it was sitting at 2’30”.
With 27km to go, the peloton had brought the breakaway to within one minute before the catch was ultimately made 3km later. At the same moment, with riders battling for position, Rohan Dennis was involved in a crash in the middle of the bunch. He was able to get back on the bike and finished the stage but lost contact with the peloton. An update on Rohan’s condition will be provided by BMC Racing Team doctor, Dr. Dario Spinelli as soon as possible.
As the riders hit the Horben climb for the fourth and final time, the pace at the front saw riders drop off the back before Damiano Caruso was part of a three-rider move that was able to put daylight between themselves and the bunch.
Ultimately, the group was pulled back and, despite a late attack from Greg Van Avermaet with 4.5km to go, the previously predicted bunch sprint played out with Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) taking the win. Stefan Küng, who finished second yesterday, crossed the line in the bunch and moved into the yellow jersey as the race heads to Bern on stage 3.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was a pretty hard start today, and it just got faster and faster. In the end, it got pretty hectic but we had a strong team with Daniel Oss then Martin Elmiger controlling the race which allowed the rest of us to sit safely in the peloton and save ourselves for the end.”
“We did a really active race with me, Damiano and Greg all giving it a go. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for the stage win, but we showed that we are here and we will keep trying.”
“It was really unfortunate that Rohan Dennis crashed. To take the jersey like that never feels really good especially when it is a teammate. But, I will definitely try to enjoy my day in yellow tomorrow especially as we are racing to our capital city, Bern. I am really looking forward to it. This is like my childhood dream becoming a reality. It wasn’t that long ago that I was standing on the side of the road watching the race and now I am the leader. I am sure I can count on my teammates one more time tomorrow. They are all looking good, and we are ready to show our best.”