Watch: Peter Sagan has to climb over fence to reach Tour de Suisse podium presentation

World champion somehow ended up on the wrong side of a high metal fence on his way to collect points jersey

Peter Sagan may not be renowned for his climbing abilities, but he had to put them into full use as he was forced to scale a fence to reach the Tour de Suisse podium.

Simon Spilak wraps up Tour de Suisse overall win as Dennis takes final stage time trial

Rohan Dennis took his second stage win of the WorldTour race on the final day time trial

Rohan Dennis took his second stage win of the WorldTour race on the final day time trial of the 2017 Tour de Suisse

Spilak wraps up second Tour de Suisse title

LAUSANNE (AFP) — Slovenian Simon Spilak claimed his second overall Tour de Suisse victory on Sunday, as Rohan Dennis won the closing time trial in Schaffhausen.

Katusha rider Spilak took a 52-second advantage over Damiano Caruso into the final day, and he finished four seconds behind the Italian in fifth on the day to secure the yellow jersey.

The 30-year-old also won the title in 2015, and he will go into July’s Tour de France hoping to become the first man to complete the Tour of Switzerland-Grand Boucle double since Belgian great Eddy Merckx in 1974.

Australian Dennis, 27, went into the ninth stage as the favourite, and he completed the 28.6km course 29 seconds quicker than his teammate Stefan Keung as Caruso completed a BMC clean sweep of the top three.

The win was Dennis’ third in time trials this season, while he also won the 6km prologue in Switzerland last week.

Stage 9, top 10

  • 1. Rohan DENNIS, BMC RACING, in 36:30
  • 2. Stefan KUNG, BMC RACING, at 0:29
  • 3. Damiano CARUSO, BMC RACING, at 0:47
  • 4. Ion IZAGIRRE, BAHRAIN-MERIDA, at 0:51
  • 5. Simon ŠPILAK, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, at 0:51
  • 6. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 0:54
  • 8. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 1:00
  • 9. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING, at 1:02
  • 10. Patrick BEVIN, CANNONDALE-DRAPAC, at 1:04

Top-10 overall

  • 1. Simon ŠPILAK, TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN, in 28:37:11
  • 2. Damiano CARUSO, BMC RACING TEAM, at 0:48
  • 3. Steven KRUIJSWIJK, LOTTONL-JUMBO, at 1:08
  • 4. Domenico POZZOVIVO, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 2:37
  • 5. Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA, UAE ABU DHABI, at 3:09
  • 7. Frank MATHIAS, AG2R LA MONDIALE, at 4:00
  • 9. Mikel NIEVE, TEAM SKY, at 4:47

“It was 28.6km of pain,” said Dennis after the race. “The first 4km felt okay and then it was all about switching off and telling myself that the top of the climb was the finish. From there, it was just 5km to go. I tried to save something in the little valley and stay as aerodynamic as possible before going as fast as I could on the climb. I’m not a climber but I am also not too heavy so, I could try and hold the climbers on the ascent.”

For Dennis, it has been a rocky road over the past two months after crashing out early at the Giro d’Italia and then on the second stage of Tour de Suisse after taking the prologue win.
“It hasn’t been an easy run for me,” the 27-year-old former ‘hour record’ holder admitted. “I haven’t felt too good and I think I have been lacking a little bit  of form. My body was in a bit of shock after the first road stage and the crash.

“After crashing out of the Giro d’Italia and then crashing here, I think I was a little bit down about it,” Dennis continued. “It was obviously good that nothing was broken and there were a couple of days where I thought I should’ve gone home. But, there was something good at the end of it.”

Full race report and results to follow …

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Suisse, stage 8: Super Sagan takes 15th career win

With his second stage win of the week, Peter Sagan increased his tally of Tour de Suisse victories to a remarkable 15 on Saturday in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Bora-Hansgrohe’s world champion handily won the sprint ahead of Sacha Modolo (UAE Team Emirates) at the end of a short, 100km circuit race. Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) was third.

Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin), winner of Friday’s stage 7, kept his overall lead.

Stage 8, top 10

  • 1. Peter SAGAN, BORA – HANSGROHE, in 2:12:52
  • 2. Sacha MODOLO, UAE ABU DHABI, at :00
  • 3. Matteo TRENTIN, QUICK – STEP FLOORS, at :00
  • 4. Magnus Cort NIELSEN, ORICA – SCOTT, at :00
  • 6. Michael MATTHEWS, TEAM SUNWEB, at :00
  • 7. John DEGENKOLB, TREK – SEGAFREDO, at :00
  • 8. Oscar GATTO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
  • 9. KEVIN REZA, FDJ, at :00
  • 10. Salvatore PUCCIO, TEAM SKY, at :00

A breakaway of four animated the short circuit race. Each lap featured the Herblingen climb. Of the escapees, Lasse Norman Hansen had the most to gain. With a strong performance throughout the day, the Dane secured his lead in the mountains classification. Along with American Larry Warbasse’s stage 4 win, the Aqua Blue Sport Pro Continental team had an exceptional showing in this race.

However, Norman Hansen’s breakaway was destined to be caught. On the final trip up the circuit’s climb, Quick-Step’s Gianluca Brambilla broke clear of the peloton. He didn’t succeed in bridging to the lead group, but provoked a furious chase.

Once the break was caught, Sunweb’s Michael Matthews tried his luck with an attack at about seven kilometers to go. The acceleration stretched the bunch but didn’t create significant gaps.

Into the final kilometer, Quick-Step took charge with Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert at the front of the lead-out for Trentin.

As the Italian Trentin was about to jump out of his final lead-out man’s slipstream, Modolo scooted up the righthand barriers. Sagan was quick to react, flying off Modolo’s wheel to the left side and momentarily boxing Trentin in. This was all the Slovak champion needed to secure the stage win, emphatically confirming his title as leader in the points classification.

Spilak will face one final challenge on Sunday in his bid to win a second overall title at Tour de Suisse. Stage 9 will be a 28.6km individual time trial in Schaffhausen.

The Slovenian is no stranger to final-stage TTs. In 2015, he won the race overall with a brilliant performance in the stage 9 time trial around Bern. Among the top-five riders overall, BMC’s Damiano Caruso could present a challenge, 52 seconds behind in second. Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) is third overall and a fine time trialist. However, the Dutchman is 1:05 behind, perhaps too great a gap to overcome.

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Late attacks fall short as Peter Sagan sprints to second Tour de Suisse stage win

Two-time world champion takes his second stage win of the race as Simon Spilak stays in yellow

Peter Sagan (Sunada)

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) took his second stage victory of the 2017 Tour de Suisse with another dominant sprint performance on stage eight.