Peter Sagan just misses out on Tour de Suisse race lead
16 June 2019 09:50
Bora-Hansgrohe's hopes of lifting Peter Sagan into the yellow jersey at the Tour de Suisse on Sunday went to plan until Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) launched a wily solo attack with 11km to go that caught the sprinters' teams off guard and spoiled the day for Sagan, who won the field sprint for second but missed the yellow jersey by fractions of a second. Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) is the new race leader, although technically tied on time with the Slovakian champion. Opening time trial winner Rohan Dennis (Bahrain-Merida) and Team Sunweb's Michael Matthews are now third and fourth, respectively, both sitting one second back with the mountains looming later in the week. Sagan started the day seventh overall after putting in a stellar ride on the short opening time trial. He started the stage just seven seconds down on Dennis, and with time bonuses available at three intermediate sprints and at the finish, the yellow jersey would certainly be up for grabs.ADVERTISEMENT "It was a very hard stage," Sagan said of the circuit race in and around Langnau. The 159.6km stage consisted of three loops of a circuit that included climbs of the Schallenberg and Chuderhu¨si on each lap for 2,500 metres of elevation gain. "Our strategy today was to go for the stage win and the yellow jersey," Sagan said. "We knew all bonus seconds would be valuable, not only at the finish but also the intermediate sprints."
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