After a big fight to make the breakaway, on what was the last relatively flat stage before the big mountains, three riders formed the day’s break but, in a repeat of yesterday’s stage, the peloton heavily controlled the group and held their advantage at a maximum of three minutes.
The final 50 kilometers featured two categorized climbs and on the first climb, Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Merida) attacked to distance Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) and Fabien Grellier (Total Direct Energie).
Mohoric forged on ahead and still held a 45-second advantage over the top of the final climb, at which point Bevin, Greg Van Avermaet, and Michael Schär came to the front of the bunch to position themselves for the finale.
As the peloton reached the top of the climb, a touch of wheels brought Schär, who had been well positioned in the first ten riders, down. Fortunately, the Swiss rider was able to quickly get back on his bike and start a furious chase to come bunch to the bunch.
Mohoric passed the finished line for the first time around 30 seconds in front of the bunch and was eventually brought back with 15 kilometers to go, which saw a battle for positioning at the front of the race play out with the sprinters looking for a result and the General Classification riders trying to stay safe.
Schär not only managed to regain contact with the bunch but immediately fought his way through the peloton to take the lead with Van Avermaet in his wheel with four kilometers to go.
The final few kilometers were chaotic with riders getting boxed in but Bevin found himself in a good position under the flamme rouge and managed to hang on to round out the top ten in the sprint.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“Once the sprint became messy, I got split up from Greg on a different side of the road and then going into the last roundabout with one kilometer to go and you’re kind of in a good position, it takes about six pedal strokes to carry on. It’s not really what we set out to do but it’s a result at the Tour de Suisse. The finishes have been really tough here.”
“I’m really looking forward to the last time trial. I feel that I came in a little underdone but each day I’ve felt better and better and I’ve been enjoying the racing. But, I’m really looking forward to Saturday. We still have big mountains to climb before then.”
Dr. Dario Spinelli on Michael Schär’s condition:
“Michael fell on his right side and has some contusions on his hip, elbow, and knee which have been cleaned and dressed. He also has some rib pain which we will continue to monitor. Provided there are no further complications, Michael will be able to start stage 6.”
Tour de Suisse
Stage 5 Münchenstein > Einsiedeln (177km)
Top 3: 1. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep), 2. Peter Sagan (Bora-hasngrohe), 3. Jasper Steven (Trek-Segafredo)
CCC Team top 3: 10. Patrick Bevin, 26. Greg Van Avermaet, 69. Łukasz Wiśniowski