Tour de Suisse stage 8

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Yesterday Carapaz began the day 1:11 forward of Uran within the normal classification however noticed his margin minimize to 17 seconds forward of the ultimate stage. 

Can Uran do one thing comparable right this moment?

Uran proved he’s on kind within the time trial. He’s solely 17 seconds down total and so might and will attempt an assault on the ultimate a part of the Passo San Gottardo.

Click on beneath to learn the complete report from Saturday’s time trial to grasp how shut Uran is to Carapaz.

Tour de Suisse: Rigoberto Uran wins stage 7 time trial

Rigoberto Uran (EF Education-Nippo) in the Tour de Suisse time trial

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Ineos take over on the entrance of the peloton, using at a gentle however quick tempo to guard Carapaz and dissuade assaults from Uran and others. 

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Different riders are additionally being spat out because the velocity within the peloton hurts. 

Michael Matthews is on the entrance of the peloton, working for teammate Esteban Chaves.

The hole is down to only 30 seconds as Pernsteiner surges away and drops  Dries Devenyns (Deceuninck-QuickStep).  

Nibali is caught by the peloton as Rutsch leads the tempo for EF and Uran. 

The 13km of the Passo San Gottardo will present if the break can keep away and if Carapaz can defend his race lead.

Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain Victorious) can also be chasing the quartet and is stronger than Nibali. He’s solely 16 seconds again. 

In the meantime the remainder of the break are swept up. 

The peloton is only one:30 again and so the combat for the GC might but change into the combat for the stage too.  

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The 4 on the transfer are: 

Dries Devenyns (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Nans Pieters (AG2R Citroën),  Andreas Leknessund (Crew DSM) and Tiesj Benoot (Crew DSM).

The riders empty their pockets in a litter zone nevertheless it appears the 4 have gotten away, with the others able to ease up and be caught. 

These are the 14 riders up entrance: 

Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious), Dries Devenyns (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Marc Soler (Movistar), Fabien Doubey (Complete Direct Energie), Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) and Sören Kragh Andersen (Crew DSM), Tjesi Benoot (Crew DSM), Andreas Leknessund (Crew DSM),  Dries Devenyns (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Mauri Vansevenant (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Nans Peters (AG2R Citroën), David de la Cruz (UAE Crew Emirates), Antonio Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) and Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain Victorious) 

The headwind is making for a tough race within the assault. 

The 14-riders at the moment are in three teams. 

We’ve got a race inside the race, inside the race.

The  break splits and reforms after assaults. The 15 riders are tiring but in addition enjoying tactical video games earlier than the Passo San Gottardo begins in earnest.

The riders face one other 25km of climbing. A 10km simpler part after which the official 13km of climbing, a lot of it on the sleek cobbles of the Val Tremola highway. 

It is going to be spectacular.

The attackers are preventing into  stiff headwind.

The valley highway is rising barely and hurting some riders within the assault. 

Surprisingly Wout Poels one in all them. 

The velocity of the stage means the riders are half-hour forward of schedule. 

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A horn blower indicators the finale of the stage. 

We will anticipate some assaults on the Gottard Cross. 

50km to go

The Gottard Cross tops out simply 15km from the top of the stage. 

Earlier than then there may be an intermediate dash at 35km to go.

There are 15 riders within the break. 

The break pushes on and appears to extending their lead. 

55km to go

Stefan Kung leads the assault by the Giornico dash. The transfer leads the peloton by 1:30 now. 

The Gottard Cross looms within the distance. The riders face a gradual climb after which ultimate 13km mark the official climb. Nonetheless the following hour can be all about climbing. 

Upfront Kragh Andersen is alone however the remainder of the assault are solely 30 seconds again with the large climb to return. 

The flat roads give groups an opportunity to get recent bidons.  

Some followers are having fun with the cool Santa Petronilla waterfalls however for the riders its a Sunday of struggling.

The peloton is lined out because the race enters Biasca within the Italian-speaking a part of Switzerland. 

The break nonetheless contains 15 riders. 

Ineos has six riders to assist Carapaz. They appear in complete management in the mean time. 

In fact the San Gottard climb might change the whole lot. 

70km to go

We’re again on the valley highway and the peloton sweeps up among the riders dropped from the assault. 

The peloton has eased their chase, permitting the hole to develop to 2:50. 

100km to go

The riders are having fun with the sleek sweeping Swiss roads. 

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The assault and the peloton face greater than 40km of descending roads now. 

The peloton is timed at 2:00 excessive of the Lukmanierpass.

Due to his factors, de la Cruz is now the digital chief of the mountains competitors.  

He has 29 factors however the ultimate climb of the San Gottardo can be decisive, Samitier, Poels and Nibali are shut. 

Poels wins it, de la Cruz is second, so the KOM is shaken and stirred. 

Nibali was solely 4th however gave his all to attempt to rating some factors.

It is a dash for the KOM factors.

Contact. 

We now have 15 riders within the assault. 

4 extra chasers are near catching the break, Nibali is with them and so can maybe defend his mountains jersey.

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The mountain factors are  awarded in 2km at Hauptsrasse, beneath the summit of the Lukmanierpass.

Ineos lead the peloton at 1:20 from the pinnacle of the race. They’re answerable for the race up to now.

Certainly he kicks a number of occasions and drops Nibali. 

De la Cruz and Samitier are 30 seconds down on the attackers. However there are extra riders attempting to go throughout too. 

Three extra riders try to go throughout to the assault. 

They’re David de la Cruz (UAE Crew Emirates) and Sergio Samitier (Movistar) and Antonio Nibali (Trek), with de la Cruz chasing the mountains competitors. 

There’s nonetheless some 7km to climb of the lengthy Lukmanierpass.

Ineos maybe desire a regular tempo however UAE appear to need to shut the hole or put Costa within the assault.  

We will see about 50 riders within the peloton, with Ineos now main the tempo with UAE.

There are shared pursuits right here and so the work is shared too.  

The gradient eases mid-climb however the break of 9 push on at velocity. 

Their leads is just 50 seconds however is secure. 

It is a laborious ultimate stage to the 2021 Tour de Suisse.

Riders are steadily being spat out of the peloton because of the excessive velocity and depth. 

A valley tailwind makes issues quick and aggressive. The race is livid.  

With three riders within the assault, Crew DSM are pushing the tempo. 

Behind then peloton is splitting once more, as UAE attempt to get into the motion. 

Up entrance the trio of chasers have joined the six to create a nine-rider assault. 

The three are Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ), Tjesi Benoot (Crew DSM) and Andreas Leknessund (Crew DSM).

The peloton is at 1:00 however different riders try to go throughout and get into the break. 

The riders begin the Lukmanierpass. It’s 16.5km lengthy and climbs at 5.3%.  

The peloton is 40 seconds down on the six with three chasers within the center. 

Luke Rowe and Pavel Sivakov are again within the peloton after closing a spot on the valley highway. 

Carapaz has loads of help however the race begins the following large mountain climb.   

The six attackers are: 

Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious), Dries Devenyns (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Marc Soler (Movistar), Omar Fraile (Astana-Premier Tech), Fabien Doubey (Complete Direct Energie) and Sören Kragh Andersen (Crew DSM). 

130km to go

The views throughout the Alps are gorgeous however the riders don’t have any time to take pleasure in them.

The peloton is attempting to get riders throughout the 25-second hole to the break and maintain their GC riders secure.  

The six lead by 20 seconds however the tempo is excessive because the pursuit continues.

Poels is just 5:58 down on the GC and so is making different riders and groups within the high ten nervous and energetic within the chase.

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We’ve got a six-rider group up entrance. They’re working like loopy to push out their lead.

Because the riders enter the valley, Poels is joined by a number of riders. 

Poels continues to be giving it large licks on the descent because the hairpins finish and velocity is as much as near 100km/h. 

Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious)

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Poels was timed as quickest on the descent part of Saturday’s TT. He’s utilizing the identical bike abilities to attempt to prolong his lead. However his hole is just 10 seconds now. 

Nibali kicks early to attain KOM factors however different riders come previous him.

Poels is close to the summit as the opposite riders put together to dash for second place on the high. 

150km to go

Poels nears the summit of the Oberalp Cross on flatter roads. 

A bunch of chasers has shaped however the peloton is chasing them down too. 

Race on!

Richard Carapaz is within the chief’s yellow jersey and has 4 Ineos teammates with him for now. 

The excessive velocity has cut up the peloton, revealing who’s on kind and climbing nicely.

Poels nonetheless leads on the midway level of the opening climb. 

Different riders try to go throughout to him however they’re racing and watching one another.

There is a tailwind on some sectors however then a headwind after sure hairpins.   

The peloton is lined out on the quick sweeping mountain roads., with splits within the line. 

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Poels pushes on as sprinters are dropped out the again because of the velocity. 

The peloton is sort of a swarm of bees, chasing the assaults and  altering form on a regular basis.

However there are different counter assaults. It is a quick, painful begin to the stage.

Trek are using tempo to attempt to defend Antonio Nibali’s mountains jersey. 

Wout Poels (Bahrain) has surged off the entrance of the peloton. 

The riders have swept up the early quick hairpins and the early assaults are coming.   

This was the roll out in Andermatt.

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The stage begins with a bang on the Oberalp Cross. We anticipate assaults and riders have been rigorously warming up earlier than the stage.

Because the Cyclingnews blimp takes peak over Andermatt, the riders are using out of city and beginning the primary climb of the 159km stage.

Hi there and welcome to our dwell protection of stage 8 of the Tour de Suisse.





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