Tour de Suisse: De la Parte 14th on the first mountain stage

Victor de la Parte climbed to 14th place on the first mountain stage of Tour de Suisse. Darwin Atapuma (BMC Racing) took the win after a solo move from the breakaway.

On stage 5 the peloton entered high mountains. There were three extremely demanding climbs on the menu – two with HC category, Furkapass and Cari towards the finish line – and one category 1, Gotthardpass.

It looked like every team tried to send their man to the break and finally after numerous attempts a 24-man escape was established. It included Matvey Mamykin, Riccardo Zoidl, Michael Mathews, Amets Txurruka, Darwin Atapuma, Silvan Dillier, Ian Boswel, David Lopez, Bram Tankink, Kristijan Durasek, Jan Polanc, Laurens Tean Dam, Joseph Dombrowski, Davide Vieilla, Tim Wellens, Kantstantin Siutsou, Natnael Berhane, Laurent Pichon, Dries Devenyns, Hubert Dupont, Winner Anacona, Pieter Weening, Antwan Tolhoek and Michel Kreder. They gained a maximum gap of little bit over 3 minutes.

Hard terrain and unfavorable weather made a lot of damage both in the break and in the pack. A 7-man group, with Wellens, Atapuma, Dupont, Berhane, Siutsou, Anacona and Polanc, hit the bottom of the final climb, with 1:00 gap. At that point CCC Sprandi Polkowice had three representatives in the peloton – Victor de la Parte, Felix Grossschartner and Branislau Samoilau.

Team Sky was setting a steady but strong pace on the ascent, making a brutal selection. Meanwhile escapees were attacking each other and the only rider who didn’t miscalculated his power and form was Atapuma. He skipped on few accelerations and pulled away in the right moment. Despite ferocious chase he managed to hold off the big favorites and claimed the win. He came in few seconds ahead of Warren Barguilem (Giant – Alpecin) who got 2nd and new GC leader, Pierr Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) who was 3rd.

Victor de la Parte put in a solid climbing performance, as he lost contact with the big guns with just 2km to go. Eventually he arrived at 14th place, 43 seconds back. He now sits in 20th place overall (3:42 behind).