Simone Ponzi finished 19th on very fast and short stage 8 of Tour de Suisse, won by Peter Sagan. The winner averaged 45km/h.
Info: Stage 8, June 17th, Schaffhausen – Schaffhausen, 100km
Course: hilly (8 laps with cat. 3 climb)
How it unfolded
4 riders went clear tight after the start – Jaco Venter (Dimension Data), Jelle Wallays (Lotto Soudal), Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue Sport) and Nick Van der Lijke (Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij). They built up a 2-minute lead, which was maintained for most of the stage.
The pace picked up inside 35 final kilometers, as the gap got caught with 13km to go. It was all decided in a sprint and it was taken by Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). He bested Sacha Modolo (UEA Team Emirates) and Matteo Trentin (Quick Step Floors).
Simone Ponzi contested the sprint, taking 19th place. Jan Hirt kept his 24th overall, while Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) retained the GC lead.