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Tour de Suisse Stage 8 (110)Overlapping with the Critérium du Dauphiné was the Tour de Suisse and this year we decided to give it a try and it did not fail to disappoint. With the first two days clashing we didn’t get to see the race until stage 4 which saw Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Etixx-Quick Step) take the stage win with Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) 3rd on the stage to maintain his lead overall, after stage wins on the previous two days. Stage 5 saw the big mountains enter the fray and it was Pierre-Roger Latour (AG2R) who lead from Wilco Kelderman (Lotto Nl – Jumbo) with Geraint Thomas (Sky) sitting in third overall.

The heavens opened on stage 6 and Kelderman took the lead with the rest of the top 10 order all shook up. Warren Barguil (Giant – Alpecin) was 16 seconds behind in 2nd overall with Andrew Talansky (Cannondale) just 3 seconds further back in 3rd place. Stage 7 moved to Austria and was the Queen stage which saw Teejay van Garderen (BMC) take the stage victory with Barguil now in the lead overall. Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Astana) jumped up in to 2nd place with Talansky still in 3rd.

For the final two stages the race moved to Davos and stage 8 was the individual time trial. Swiss national hero Fabian Cancellara (Trek – Segafredo) could not follow up his prologue stage victory from earlier in the race, on his last Tour de Suisse, and was 3rd fastest but he did manage to reach 103kmh on the main downhill section, (which sent the Swiss commentators crazy). Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Movistar) went fastest and moved up to 3rd overall at the expense of Barguil who dropped to 4th overall. Lopez Moreno and Talansky were now 1-2 just 8 seconds apart.

With bad weather hitting the final stage it was cut in half to avoid a dangerous descent in the wet, turning the last stage in to a short crazy sprint effectively, albeit up the Fluellapass at just under 2400m above sea level before descending in to Davos. Overall Lopez Moreno took victory by 12 seconds from Izaguirre Insausti with Barguil jumping up to the final podium place at the expense of Talansky.

In the other competitions the points classification was won by Richeze with the mountains competition going to Antwan Tolhoek (Roompot). Best placed Swiss rider was Martin Elmiger (IAM) with the teams prize going to Katusha.

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