TOUR DE SUISSE - Peter Sagan signe sa première victoire avec TotalEnergies, sa 120e carrière

TOUR DE SUISSE – Peter Sagan signe sa première victoire avec TotalEnergies, sa 120e carrière

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Finally. Peter Sagan landed his first bouquet for TotalEnergies on Tuesday in Granges. The 32-year-old Slovak resisted a supersonic comeback from Bryan Coquard (Cofidis, 2nd) to clinch victory in the 3rd stage of the Tour de Suisse. A success that rewards the work done by his team, despite the few guarantees of form given by Sagan during the first two days of racing.

It is indeed the TotalEnergies formation, a French second division team, which took control of the peloton to ensure the chase behind a breakaway of six riders, including Philippe Gilbert, Quinn Simmons, red jersey of best climber, or even Stefan Bissegger. Logical, in the light of the standing of his superstar recruit. Less, if we stick to its recent results. And Sagan answered present.

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The phoenix Sagan, Bissegger close to a good number, Pinot lagging behind: the summary of the 3rd stage

120th success, 18th in the Tour de Suisse

The Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux team of Alexander Kristoff (3rd) and the BikeExchange – Jayco team of Michael Matthews (8th) notably relayed TotalEnergies, to promote a grouped arrival. Bissegger was the last rider in the breakaway to capitulate, eleven miles from goal, during this 177-mile stage, which was certainly hilly but less demanding than the two previous ones.

In the final, no train managed to put its sprinter into orbit. Sagan, as an acrobat, perfectly managed a last technical kilometer. He took the right wheel, that of a Kristoff well led by Andrea Pasqualon but who lacked punch when launching his sprint. Still sixth 100 meters from the line, Coquard failed less than a bike from the triple world champion (2015, 2016, 2017).

This resounding success is the 120th in the career of Sagan, who had not known such joy since his victory in the general classification of the Tour of Slovakia last September. Seeing “Tourminator” get back on track during the Tour de Suisse is logical. He has won 18 times (!), winning at least one stage in this race, every year, between 2011 and 2019.

Manuele Boaro and a Philippe Gilbert glasses in hand, within the breakaway, during the 3rd stage of the Tour de Suisse – 06/14/2022

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Schachmann loses time on fall, Pinot very far

Stephen Williams (Bahrain-Victorious) retains the overall lead after a quiet day. Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers) goes from 16th to 4th place (+7″) thanks to a bonus gleaned during the final. Maximilian Schachmann (BORA-Hansgrohe) also thought he was doing a good operation, during this intermediate sprint, grabbing 2 seconds, but he was involved in a fall four kilometers from the finish which cost him around fifty seconds.

Far from the German champion and the surprise leader of this Tour of Switzerland, Thibaut Pinot did not finish in the peloton on Tuesday. He finds himself 47th (+3’58”) in a general classification which he will probably not play this week. Wednesday, the relief will already be back on this event with steep courses, which will end with a stopwatch on Sunday.

Thibaut Pinot during the 1st stage of the Tour de Suisse – 06/13/2022

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