Peter Sagan wins Tour de Suisse stage six as Cavendish misses out

A crash in his leadout train hampers Mark Cavendish's chances of victory in the Tour de Suisse as Peter Sagan eases to a second victory

Peter Sagan wins stage six of the 2015 Tour de Suisse (Watson)
(Image credit: Watson)

Peter Sagan claimed his second stage win at the Tour de Suisse, taking advantage of confusion and poor positioning by his sprint rivals to cruise away to victory.

It looked in the final 10km that Mark Cavendish was in pole position for the win, but a crash at the front of his Etixx-Quick-Step leadout train set his ambitions back.

A tight 90-degree degree corner inside the last kilometre put paid to the Manxman's fading hopes as Sagan romped away to a convincing victory ahead of Jurgen Roelandts and Alexander Kristoff.

Cavendish's teammates took to the front of the peloton in the final stages, with the Brit tucked behind race leader Thibaut Pinot in the group.

The Etixx train suffered a major setback when Zdenek Stybar slid out in the rain, taking one teammate with him and holding up the peloton in the treacherous conditions.

World champion Michal Kwiatkowski took up the lead but as the stage neared its conclusion Etixx found themselves outnumbered by Tinkoff-Saxo riders Cavendish was forced to scramble for position.

The four-man break was finally reeled in with 1,500m to go, but the bunch split when navigating a roundabout, leaving several sprinters out of contention.

Cavendish remained in the small front group which strung out as it reached the tight final right turn. Rounding the corner towards the front of the reduced bunch Sagan had the speed to power away as the remaining sprint fizzled out.

Geraint Thomas finished 11th, gaining five seconds back on leader Pinot, who retains the yellow jersey.

Tour de Suisse 2015 stage six: Wil-Biel/Bienne (193.1km)

1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo, 4-34-43

2. Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto-Soudal, st

3. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha, st

4. Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC, st

5. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo, st

6. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx-Quick-Step, at 2 seconds

7. Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo, st

8. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana, st

9. Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana, st

10. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana, st


11. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky, at 2 seconds

Overall classification after stage six

1. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ, 17-42-07

2. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky, at 42s

3. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha, at 50 seconds

4. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale, at 55 seconds

5. Miguel Angel Lopez (Esp) Astana, at 1-07

6. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana, at 1-22

7. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Alpecin, at 1-32

8. Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ, at 2-29

9. Sebastian Reichenback (Swi) IAM Cycling, at 2-43

10. Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky, at 2-46

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.