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Tour de Suisse: Sagan wins stage 2

Branislau Smaoilau tried to make his presence known late in the stage, by attacking solo, but it was all decided in the bunch sprint. It was won by Peter Sagan.

After yesterday’s time trial, the peloton stayed in Baar. Stage 2 was held on a 47,6-kilometer lap around that town and the circuit was tackled 4 times. The weather was not cycling-friendly on that day, since it rained right from the start.

It didn’t take long to form first breakaway of the Tour de Suisse. Four riders managed to break clear: Marcel Wyss (IAM Cycling), Sébastien Minard (Ag2R La Mondiale), Mathias Krizek(Team Roth) and Antwan Tolhoek (Roompot – Oranje Peloton). They built up over 4-minute advantage.

The rain was not stopping and the conditions on the road were quite dangerous. One of the victims of slippery asphalt was Robert Gesink (Team LottoNL – Jumbo), who had to abandon due to crash.

The peloton was in the control the entire stage and caught the break with 35km to go. Branislau Samoilau tried a solo move soon after, but he didn’t stay up front for too long, and got reeled in.

Nobody was able to create any gap later on and it came down to a bunch sprint. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) powered to victory beating Maximilano Richeze (Etixx – Quick Step) and Michael Matthews (Orica GreenEDGE). Maciej Paterski was the team’s top finisher – 30th place.