Domenico Pozzovivo dropped everyone on the climb to take stage 6 honours as well as the yellow jersey.
Pozzovivo had this to say after the stage.
“I have been waiting a long time for this: dropping everyone on the climb, bridging up to the breakaway, taking the win…I had a perfect start to the season, and my Giro went very well (6th place). I have had good legs and it was necessary just to have the right mindset in order to do something at the Tour of Switzerland.
We made the most of our resources as a team. With Jan Bakelants in the breakaway, that allowed us to hold back a little and save some energy. I will now try to increase my lead in the overall especially since there is a time trial on the final day that really does not suit me.”
Domenico Pozzovivo currently leads the general classification. After 22 hours 3 minutes and 28 seconds of racing, he has taken control of the yellow jersey on the same time as Damiano Caruso, and 13 seconds ahead of Steven Kruijswijk.
MATHIAS FRANK (4th): “WE CAN BE PROUD”
“I know that last descent in the rain very well. And if we were able to ride at the front today, it is also thanks to the mechanics who installed the perfect brake pads on our bikes today for this type of weather! We won the stage, we took over the leader’s jersey, and I am in 5th place in the GC as well. It is a perfect day. Several times over that last pass, I had to climb at my own pace; I could not follow all the accelerations. But I am still very happy with my day. We have a very good team here for the Tour de Suisse, and tomorrow we will have to defend the jersey. We can be proud, and push ourselves to do more.”
Mathias Frank is 5th in the overall standings, 23 seconds behind Domenico Pozzovivo. He also wears the jersey as the best Swiss rider.
DIDIER JANNEL: “A VICTORY FOR THE ENTIRE GROUP”
“We knew it would be a difficult day. Our riders fought all day, and it was a victory for the entire team. Jan (Bakelants) rode an amazing stage today, and spent his day at the front. He was not far off the general classification, and this forced BMC to ride behind to chase the break. That meant that Caruso found himself alone at the front near the end of the stage.
Domenico showed that he has regained all his qualities as a great climber.
After his strong Giro, he has proved that he can keep himself at a consistent and high level. He won today in the downhill, and in the rain. This is certainly a highlight in his career. We now have the leader’s jersey to defend, and so we must take more time tomorrow with the finish in Sölden. In order to be in a position to win this Tour of Switzerland, we will have to fight to the end. The general classification is far from finalized.”