Bonifazio sprints to 5th place in Schaffhausen
Tour de Suisse – Stage 8 Schaffhausen-Schaffhausen 100 km
Schaffhausen, June 17th – Team BAHRAIN MERIDA seized another top five placing at the Tour de Suisse. In the short but hectic penultimate stage Niccolò Bonifazio takes 5th in the bunch sprint. In the finale Cortina did a great job, finishing 11th.
The town of Schaffhausen, famous for the Rhine Falls – Europe’s biggest waterfall – hosts the last two stages of this year’s Tour de Suisse. Today’s stage started and finished at the new LIPO park. The riders had to cover 8 laps of a 12.5 km city circuit, for 100 km total. A short, but a nervous course featuring a main climb (a 1.2km ascent with 4.6% average) and other short climbs just before and after it. A group of four riders went in an early breakaway, but their attempt finished with one lap to go. On the last lap, there were some attacks, but nothing decisive and in the finale the main group getting ready for the bunch sprint. Ivan Garcia Cortina went too and did a good job, staying in front to support Niccolò Bonifazio for the sprint. But again here at the Tour de Suisse, the World Champion Sagan showed all his talent and took his second win.
Speaking just after the finish Bonifazio 5th comments: “Today’s circuit was difficult with many bends. We rode vary fast since the beginning. In the finale you need to have good legs and after two mountain stages it wasn’t easy at all. Iván Garcia Cortina took me in a good position for the sprint. I couldn’t take a win here at the Tour de Suisse but I’m happy with my results“.
“Bonny did a good sprint, but unfortunately he took the wrong side of the road, so he did for sure about 30 meters more than the others” adds Sports Director Harald Morscher “It could be better today, but anyway we’re happy. It was a hectic stage, only 2 and half hour, but stressful for the riders. We lost nothing in the GC. Tomorrow there will be a time-trial and it will be a good chance for Ion. So let’s see what we can do again”.
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