Alpecin-Fenix’s Mathieu van der Poel said it was a “super fun day” after he claimed stage 2 of Tour de Suisse on
Monday as Stefan Kung held onto the overall lead. One-day specialist Van der Poel, 26, produced a devastating final burst of speed to leave German Maximilian Schachmann in second and fellow countryman Wout Poels in third in wet conditions on the race used as a warm-up to this month’s Tour de France.

“It was a super fun stage, especially with the rainy conditions at the end. It was a bit of a Classics parcours at the end so that suited me really well,” Van der Poel said.

“The team did a really good job to make the race hard as I asked and I’m really happy to finish it off.

Frenchman Alaphilippe, a contender for the Grand Boucle which starts on June 26, finished in seventh and moved within a whisker of the Swiss Kung’s yellow jersey.

“My goal was to defend it. I was feeling good,” Kung said.

“I’m happy to keep it one more day. A one-second lead is not a lot but I’ll give my best and try and defend it again tomorrow,” he added.

With 25 miles to go the breakaway of five riders including Claudio Imhof climbed Oberricken at 905m altitude. Switzerland’s Imhof as well as well as fellow countryman Tom Bohli opened up space to go clear on the decent. Imhof’s lead lasted until the final 5 miles as the peloton caught up with the 30-year-old to set-up a frantic run-in to Lachen which included a 2 mile climb in heavy rain.

Alaphilippe and Schachmann were among a host of riders in a nine-man group to attempt attacks in the final 5km.
Van der Poel, who will be competing at the mountain bike event at this summer’s Olympcic, Wout Poels and Schachmann then broke away to fight the final mile.

Van der Poel spotted Schachmann glancing behind him and he powered ahead to claim the win on the greasy surface.

Tuesday’s third stage is a 115 mile run starting from Lachen on Lake Zurich to Pfaffnau with two category climbs.


1 VAN DER POEL Mathieu Alpecin-Fenix 4:12:30
2 SCHACHMANN Maximilian BORA – hansgrohe 0:01
3 POELS Wout Bahrain – Victorious 0:04
4 GARCÍA CORTINA Iván Movistar Team 0:04
5 HIRSCHI Marc UAE-Team Emirates 0:04
6 CARAPAZ Richard INEOS Grenadiers 0:04
7 WOODS Michael Israel Start-Up Nation 0:04
8 ALAPHILIPPE Julian Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:04
9 FUGLSANG Jakob Astana – Premier Tech 0:04
10 KRON Andreas Lotto Soudal 0:09


1 KÜNG Stefan Groupama – FDJ 4:24:52
2 ALAPHILIPPE Julian Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:01
3 SCHACHMANN Maximilian BORA – hansgrohe 0:02
4 VAN DER POEL Mathieu Alpecin-Fenix 0:06
5 GARCÍA CORTINA Iván Movistar Team 0:12
6 CATTANEO Mattia Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:12
7 CARAPAZ Richard INEOS Grenadiers 0:13
8 POWLESS Neilson EF Education – Nippo 0:25
9 MÄDER Gino Bahrain – Victorious 0:30
10 KRON Andreas Lotto Soudal 0:33


RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini

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