June 15, 2018
Porte keeps door shut on rivals as weekend's ITT climax looms
After six stages of the Tour de Suisse, BMC's Ritchie Porte has a lead of 32 seconds over Sunweb duo Wilco Kelderman and Sam Oomen.
BMC has dominated the nine stage Tour de Suisse after winning the opening Team Time Trial by 20 seconds from Sunweb, with Quickstep Floors 27 seconds back. Local man Stefan Küng led the race for the first four stages by dint before a hotly contested uphill finish to Leukerbad on stage five, won by Diego Ulissi (UAE) from Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) saw Porte assume the mantle of race leader.
With the Tour de Suisse the last major race before the Tour de France will be keen to hone their Grand Tour race form and settle intra-team rivalries for the GC contender position. priminant amongst teams going throug this process is Movistar.
It's currnetly a three way battle between Nairo Quintana, Mikel Landa and Alejandro Valverde for the leaders job. Landa and Quintana are both a the Tour de Suisse but Landa'a chances took a blow when he blew up after attackking in the last kilometere on stage five only to have the GC group blow past him en route to the line. Landa managed not to lose time but currently sits in 10th spot on GC. Quintna meanwhile has been riding a steady race ticking up positions each day and lay in sixth spot after stager six.
The most recent stage six went to Dane Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) who took a solo win, ten seconds ahead of Aussie Nathan Haas (Katusha) with Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain Merida) in the third spot.
09/6 Team Time Trial - Frauenfeld › Frauenfeld (18k)
10/6 Stage 2 - Frauenfeld › Frauenfeld (155k)
11/6 Stage 3 - Oberstammheim › Gansingen (182k)
12/6 Stage 4 - Gansingen › Gstaad (189k)
13/6 Stage 5 - Gstaad › Leukerbad (155k)
14/6 Stage 6 - Fiesch › Gommiswald (186k)
15/6 Stage 7 - Eschenbach/Atzmännig › Arosa (170k)
16/6 Stage 8 - Bellinzona › Bellinzona (123k)
17/6 Stage 9 (ITT) - Bellinzona › Bellinzona (34k)
Offical race website: Tour de Suisse
Stage 6 Results and GC