Van Garderen wins the queen stage at Tour de Suisse

Tejay van Garderen (BMC) bounced back from yesterday’s huge disappointment by riding to a dominant solo win in the Tour de Suisse queen stage. Attacking 4.5km from the top of the brutal Rettenbachferner, one of the hardest climbs in Europe, he dropped an elite group of climbers and held off Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin).

Wilco Kelderman (LottoNL-Jumbo) lost more than two minutes and so Barguil takes over the lead, with Andrew Talansky (Cannondale) now looking like th big favourite as he is just 24 seconds behind in third place.

However, there will be no room to rest and there’s another key stage on the menu on Saturday. Stage 8 is the 16.8km time trial in Davos and it’s a pretty mixed affair. The first half is mainly flat while the second part has a 2-3km climb before a descent leads to a flat finish.

Tour de Suisse 2016 – stage 7 results (Arbon – Sölden):

1 Tejay Van Garderen (BMC)


2 Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


3 Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin)


4 Jarlinson Pantano (IAM)


5 Andrew Talansky (Cannondale)


6 Simon Spilak (Katusha)


7 Rui Costa (Lampre – Merida)


8 Jon Izaguirre (Movistar)


9 Victor de la Parte (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)


10 Jan Hirt (CCC Sprandi Polkowice)



General classification after stage 7:

1 Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin)


2 Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


3 Andrew Talansky (Cannondale)


4 Jon Izaguirre (Movistar)


5 Jarlinson Pantano (IAM)


6 Simon Spilak (Katusha)


7 Tejay Van Garderen (BMC)


8 Geraint Thomas (Sky)


9 Wilco Kelderman (LottoNl-Jumbo)


10 Rui Costa (Lampre – Merida)


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