Matteo Trentin continued Omega Pharma-QuickStep’s successful run in the Tour de Suisse, by claiming stage six on Thursday.
Trentin enjoyed a perfect lead-out by team-mate and race leader Tony Martin into the twisting streets of Delémont after a hilly stage that saw most of the pure sprinters distanced, including Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep).
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Martin’s pace forced a split in the peloton in the final kilometre, with only a handful of riders able to keep up and contest the victory.
Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff-Saxo) placed second, with Francesco Gavazzi (Astana) in third and Ben Swift (Sky) in fourth.
A late move by Peter Sagan (Cannondale) on the final descent saw the points classification leader momentarily distance the bunch, but he was reeled in and finished fifth.
Martin continues his overall lead in the race ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano) by six seconds. Sagan is third at 10 seconds.
Few would bet against Martin increasing his lead after Friday’s individual time trial stage, run over 24.7km around Worb. However, the lead will likely change hands on Saturday with the first of the final two stages, both featuring mountain-top finishes.
Tour de Suisse 2014, stage six: Buren an der Aare to Delémont, 184km
1. Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
2. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
3. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana
4. Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
5. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale
6. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
7. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar
8. Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing
9. Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky
10. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto-Belisol all same time
Overall classification after stage six
1. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Shimano at 6 secs
3. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale at 10 secs
4. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin at 17 secs
5. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin-Sharp at 23 secs
6. Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale at 27 secs
7. Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar at 27 secs
8. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo at 28 secs
9. Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling at 29 secs
10. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 29 secs
Images from the fifth stage of the 2014 Tour de Suisse, won by Sacha Modolo. Photos by Graham Watson
Mark Cavendish caught up in crash in final 500 metres; Tony Martin continues race lead