Marc Hirschi attacks the 3rd stage of the Tour de Suisse and then comes the last climb

Marc Hirschi attacks the 3rd stage of the Tour de Suisse and then comes the last climb

Marc Hirschi attacks the 3rd stage of the Tour de Suisse and then comes the last climb

Thibau Nys wins the final sprint in Rüschlikon, Marc Hirschi has to admit defeat. The Italian Alberto Bettiol was happy about it.

In the final sprint of the Tour de Suisse, Hirschi missed his goal.

In the final sprint of the Tour de Suisse, Hirschi missed his goal.

Gian Ehrenzeller/EPA

(sda) Thibau Nys of the Lidl-Trek team wins the 3rd stage of the 161 km Tour de Suisse from Steinmaur to Rüschlikon. The Belgian won the sprint ahead of the British Stephen Williams and the Italian Alberto Bettiol.

Since the end of the stage was slightly uphill, Switzerland’s Marc Hirschi thought he had a good chance of taking his second win of the year. The 25-year-old from Bern attacked three kilometers from the finish and opened a small gap, then came the last climb.

Hirschi’s attack fades on the final ramp

Hirschi used the stage. With three kilometers still to go, he attacked “on instinct” on the penultimate climb and quickly separated himself from his competitors by a few seconds on the short descent to the last, steep ramp. “I was surprised the hole was so big,” he said later.

At the moment, things are looking good for the Bernese. “I was hoping it would be a little disorganized at the back and I could take advantage of it.” But his hopes fade. On the last climb he runs out of energy and the peloton overtakes him 600 meters from the finish line. “I took full lactate. “It would have been better if we had been two or three in front, so we could have taken turns.”

For Hirschi it is a missed opportunity, probably his last, to win a stage on this year’s state tour, which is designed for strong climbers in all subsequent stages until the final mountain time trial on Sunday in Villars-sur-Ollon. “You never know what’s going to happen, but it’s definitely going to be tough.” From now on, Hirschi will once again be at the service of his team and will try to use his work to help the Portuguese João Almeida or the British Adam Yates to achieve absolute victory.

Thibau Nys had the best legs in the third stage. The 21-year-old has already celebrated his fifth victory of the season. At the end of April he had already decided the second stage of the Tour de Romandie in his favor. He also became the overall winner of the Tour of Hungary. Thibau Nys is the son of Sven Nys, a cycling legend. Thibau Nys was proclaimed under-23 world champion in this discipline last year.

Third place was enough for Bettiol to replace Yves Lampaert as leader. The Belgian winner of Sunday’s time trial in Vaduz reached the finish line 46 seconds behind. Bettiol leads the overall standings with a six-second advantage over the simultaneous trio of Ethan Edward of Great Britain, Wilco Klederman of the Netherlands and stage runner-up Stephen Williams.

Shortly after the departure, a quintet formed by the Swiss Johan Jacobs, Fabian Lienhard, Christoph Janssen and Luca Jenni broke up; the maximum lead was more than four minutes. With a good 31 km to go, Jacobs, a member of the cycling club from the starting town of Steinmaur, tried his luck alone. 13 km later, the 27-year-old was caught by Team Movistar. In the end, Jan Christen was the best Swiss, taking 16th place.

Arrival at Saint Gotthard mountain

From now on, the 87th edition of the Swiss national tour will be more hilly. On Wednesday we will head south from Lake Zurich to the Gotthard Pass, where the first of four consecutive mountain finals will take place. After a long journey, mostly over flat terrain, the last 38 km are virtually all uphill, up to 2,091 meters above sea level, the ceiling of this year’s tour. The first mountain stage will undoubtedly mark the first clear lines in the general classification.

Read more

India24Live Favicon

Oh hi there 👋
It’s nice to meet you.

Sign up to receive awesome content in your inbox, every day.

We don’t spam! Read our [link]privacy policy[/link] for more info.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *