Weening takes huge win for Roompot in Tour de Suisse

Pieter Weening (Roompot – Oranje Peloton) claimed the victory in stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse after a successful breakaway on a rainy day. 

Behind the strong Dutchman, the battle for the GC was on and it became a day of elimination. The two biggest pre-race favourites Tejay van Garderen (BMC) and Geraint Thomas (Sky) were both dropped as ws three-time winner Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) and race leader Pierre-Roger Latour (AG2r) and instead it was Wilco Kelderman (LottoNl-Jumbo) and Andrew Talansky (Cannondale) who emerged as the strongest, with the Dutchman winning a sprint from a small group to take fifth and move into the race lead.

However, there will be no room to rest as the climbing only gets harder in tomorrow’s queen stage. The massive 224.3km course includes an early HC climb in the first half and then a long, flat section leads to the bottom of the brutally steep Rettenbachferner climb which is known as one of the hardest climbs in Europe. It averages a massive 11.0% over 10.1km and will be the biggest test for the climbers in this year’s race.

Tour de Suisse 2016 – stage 6 results (Weese – Amden):

1 Pieter Weening (Roompot – Oranje Peloton)

4:33:37

2 Maximiliano Richeze (Etixx – Quick-Step)

+02’37”

3 Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)

+03’57”

4 Kristijan Koren (Cannondale)

+04’13”

5 Wilco Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo)

+04’31”

6 Andrew Talansky (Cannondale)

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7 Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin)

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8 Jon Izagirre (Movistar)

+04’35”

9 Miguel Ángel López (Astana)

+04’36”

10 Simon Špilak (Katusha)

+04’39”

 

General classification after stage 6:

1 Wilco Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo)

22:43:12

2 Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin)

+16”

3 Andrew Talansky (Cannondale)

+19”

4 Jon Izagirre (Movistar)

+34”

5 Miguel Ángel López (Astana)

+39”

6 Pierre-Roger Latour (AG2R)

+51”

7 Simon Špilak (Katusha)

+52”

8 Geraint Thomas (Sky)

+56”

9 Gorka Izagirre (Movistar)

+59”

10 Jarlinson Pantano (IAM)

+01’00”

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