TOUR DE SUISSE 2022 STAGE 7 RESULTS

France’s Thibaut Pinot climbed to victory in the hilly seventh stage of the Tour of Switzerland on Saturday with Colombian Sergio Higuita taking the race lead going into the final day’s racing. Pinot, riding for Groupama-FDJ, crossed the line alone at the summit of Malbrun in Liechtenstein after the 195km mountainous ride from Ambri in Switzerland. It was the second stage win this season for Pinot, who crossed the line ahead of Spaniard Oscar Rodriguez and Kazakh Alexey Lutsenko, after his success in the fifth stage of the Tour of the Alps in April. Bora rider Higuita crossed in fourth to pull on the leader’s yellow jersey heading into Sunday’s final stage time-trial, at the expense of Dane Jakob Fuglsang who arrived in seventh position.

Pinot was among a group of fourteen breakaway riders which formed at the start of the stage which built up an eight-minute lead on the peloton.

Still in the lead before the ascent of the Malbun, a 12.4km climb with an average 8.4 percent gradient, the group dwindled with two riders, Astana’s Lutsenko and Cofidis’ Ion Izaguirre, pursued by Pinot. The 32-year-old Frenchman finally joined the pair and accelerated to seal victory. The coronavirus-hit race which has seen a whole swathe of riders drop out ends with a 25.6km time-trial in Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein.

TOUR DE SUISSE 2022 STAGE 7 RESULTS

1 PINOT Thibaut Groupama – FDJ 5:06:39
2 RODRÍGUEZ Óscar Movistar Team 0:25
3 LUTSENKO Alexey Astana Qazaqstan Team 0:38
4 HIGUITA Sergio BORA – hansgrohe 1:19
5 THOMAS Geraint INEOS Grenadiers 1:30
6 PRODHOMME Nicolas AG2R Citroën Team 1:40
7 FUGLSANG Jakob Israel – Premier Tech 1:48
8 POZZOVIVO Domenico Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux 1:59
9 REICHENBACH Sébastien Groupama – FDJ 2:09
10 POWLESS Neilson EF Education-EasyPost 2:19


TOUR DE SUISSE 2022 STANDINGS

1 HIGUITA Sergio BORA – hansgrohe 32:38:38
2 THOMAS Geraint INEOS Grenadiers 0:02
3 FUGLSANG Jakob Israel – Premier Tech 0:19
4 POWLESS Neilson EF Education-EasyPost 1:16
5 POZZOVIVO Domenico Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux 1:37
6 REICHENBACH Sébastien Groupama – FDJ 2:09
7 KÜNG Stefan Groupama – FDJ 2:19
8 JUNGELS Bob AG2R Citroën Team 2:31
9 GROßSCHARTNER Felix BORA – hansgrohe 2:47
10 LEKNESSUND Andreas Team DSM 2:59


RBA/AFP Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency

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