TdS: Rebellin in the break and top 20

Davide Rebellin took part in the breakaway of the day on the penultimate stage of Tour de Suisse and finished ahead of the peloton, in the top 20.

The beginning of Stage 8, which included four hilly laps around Bern, was very lively. Many breakaway attempts occurred in the first kilometers. Eventually a big, 19-man group managed to break clear. Davide Rebellin was present alongside Polish world champion, Michał Kwiatkowski, Stijn Devolder, Jonathan Fumeaux, Danilo Wyss, Daniele Bennati, Bert Lindeman, Marco Haller, Viacheslav Kuznetsov, Warren Barguil, Michael Albasini, Cameron Meyer, Winner Anacona, Jurgen Roelandts, Matteo Trentin, Aleksey Lutsenko, Jan Bakelants and Sébastien Turgot.

The group was steadily increasing its advantage and with 62 kilometers to go, it was at maximum level of 2:20. Given the number of the attackers and their skills, the escape had a big chance of going all the way to the line.

20 kilometers from the finish, escapees started to attack. First one to go was Lutsenko and later he was joined by Bakelants. When the pace in the front picked up, the break split apart and few riders got dropped. Among them there was Michał Kwiatkowski. Davide Rebellin also fell behind and was riding in the third group.

With 10 kilometers to go, the leading duo was 20 seconds ahead of the 9-man chasing group and 40 seconds ahead of the CCC Sprandi Polkowice rider.

Lutsenko and Bakelants held off the chasers and fought a duel for the win. Astana rider was the fastest in the very finale and grabbed the victory. Rebellin finished in 16th place, 1:53 behind the winner. He moved up in the general classification by one spot and now sits 26th. Thibaut Pinot retained his leader jersey.

There is only one stage left in the Tour de Suisse – individual time trial around Bern, which is 38,4 kilometers long.