Peter Sagan strikes again in Tour de Suisse

Peter Sagan wins, Tour de Suisse 2013, stage eight

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) took his second stage win of the 2013 Tour de Suisse on Saturday, out-gunning Daniele Bennati (Saxo-Tinkoff) and world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) in the stage eight bunch sprint.

Sagan took the fast finish at the head of a 34-rider bunch that had split away from the rest of the peloton on the day's final climb at St Luzisteig.

British sprinter Ben Swift (Sky) missed out on contesting the finish after he was caught in the second group when the bunch fractured.

Race leader Mathias Frank once again finished comfortably in the front group to retain his yellow jersey. He leads Rui Costa by just 13 seconds going into Sunday's final stage - a decisive 26.8km time trial.

A unfortunately-timed puncture by Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge) near the finish means that the stage one winner slips to 10th place overall.


Tour de Suisse 2013, stage eight: Zernez to Bad Ragaz, 180.5km

1. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale in 4-33-26

2. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Saxo-Tinkoff

3. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing

4. Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge

5. Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale

6. Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling

7. Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickStep

8. Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun

9. Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Leopard

10. Simon Geschke (Ger) Argos-Shimano all same time

Overall classification after stage eight

1. Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing in 30-16-02

2. Rui Costa (Por) Movistar at 13secs

3. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff at 23 secs

4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at 44 secs

5. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco at 46 secs

6. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing at 1-17

7. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp at 1-23

8. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana at 1-43

9. Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha at 1-50

10. Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge at 2-09

Sunshine and scenery on stage eight

Maxime Bouet in the day's four-man escape group

Race leader Mathias Frank

Peter Sagan wins the stage

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