Stage 3 of Tour de Suisse, with very fast finale in Bern, was taken by Michael Matthews. “Riders in orange” didn’t contest the decisive sprint.
Info: 3.etap, June 12th, Menziken – Bern, 159,3km km
How it unfolded
The breakaway of the day consisted of two riders, who went clear just after the start. Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blus Sport) and Elmar Reinders (Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij) built up over 8-minute lead, but the bunch had things under control and was gradually reducing the differential.
When it was 24km left to go and the gap was under 3 minutes, Norman Hansen dropped Reinders and wanted to outpace chasing group by himself. It was quite a challenge, since the main pack accelerated in the end and caught the KOM leader with 13,5km to go. Due to fierce pace nobody was able to break clear afterwards. Last kilometer was uphill and it made the bunch spilt. Jan Hirt lost contact with the fastest riders and was 38 seconds behind at the finish.
The stage was won by Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb), new leader of Tour de Suisse. He outsprinted Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and John Degenkolb (Trek – Segafredo), while Simone Ponzi, first “rider in orange” at the line, was 46th.