Davide Rebellin finished in 25th place on Stage 4 of Tour de Suisse, which was won by Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE).
After yesterday’s great ride by Branislau Samoilau, who spent most of the stage ahead of the peloton, this time CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders didn’t make the breakaway. Those who managed to do so were Stijn Devolder (Trek), Alex Howes (Cannondale-Garmin), Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Davide Malacarne (Astana) and Frederik Backaert (Wanty). They were not given the opportunity to gain too much of advantage though. Their maximum lead was at 4 minutes early into the stage and quickly dropped by over one minute, on the cat. 2 climb, at kilometer 68. Later, the bunch continued its steady chase.
The escape was caught with 51 kilometers to go and the strong pace set by Orica-GreenEDGE prevented other runners to launch a significant attack. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) tried a solo move but was brought back, when it was 7 kilometers left.
After his attempt few other riders tried their luck but eventually it came down to a sprint from a 40-man group. In the very finale Davide Rebellin was disturbed by a late crash, which split the field. The Italian took 25th and was awarded the same time as the winner, Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE). The Australian bested Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing).
Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) retained the leader jersey. Also Davide Rebellin maintained his 26th place overall.