Maximiliano Richeze (Etixx-Quick Step) won the bunch sprint finish on stage 4 of Tour de Suisse. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) kept the leader jersey.
After three days of raining, sun finally came out and riders had a chance to race on dry roads. There were 193, mostly flat kilometers and a cat.3 climb with only 10km to go, on the menu of stage 4.
One of the first breakaway attempts went clear. Matthew Brammeier (Dimension Data), Jeremy Maison (FDJ), Lukas Jaun (Roth), Nick Vander Lijke (Roompot – Oranje Peloton) were part of that move. The pace was very sluggish early on, mostly because of the headwind. In the first hour the escapees covered only 30 kilometers. They also established almost 4-minute lead.
First rider to get dropped was Jaun, as he got caught with 16km to go. At that point the remaining trio had only 1:20 gap over the accelerating peloton and eventually they got reeled in 3,5km form the line.
The victory was decided in a bunch gallop and it was crucial to tackle the final corner in top positions. Etixx Quick Step duo Maximiliano Richeze and Fernando Gaviria did it perfectly and took 1-2 at the line. Race leader, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) finished 3rd.
Victor de la Parte was the team’s top finisher, as he came in in 32nd. Tomorrow is the important test for the Spaniard and other climbers of Polkowice-based squad. The race enters high mountains and stage 5 will feature three demanding climbs. One of them leads to the finish in Cari.