Ion Izagirre climbs to 7th place in GC at Leukerbad
Tour de Suisse
Leukerbad, May 13h– Stage 5 – Gstaad – Leukerbad – 155,7 km
Another wet and slippery stage at Tour de Suisse 2018. The morning in Gstaad with light rainshowers announced that the fifth, and the first mountain stage might be a hard one. TBM riders worked very well and as agreed at the bus meeting to keep their leader, Ion Izagirre safe to the Leukerbad. In the early phase there was some stress moments according to the slippery road and Ion Izagirre had a crash where he fell at one corner towards the climb and was forced to change his bike. He managed to continue and catch up with a support of his teammates. Enrico Gasparotto also had a crash with a light injury and was not able to go into the attacks as planned, but was able to continue and finish the stage.
Todays’ winner was Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) after his strong sprint at the summit towards Leukerbad. The runner up was Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) and third place went to Tom Jelte-Slagter (Dimension Data). .
Mikel Landa (Team Movistar) had an advantage in the final kilometres. The headwind gave him troubles at the last kilometer and Diego Ulissi accelerated fast with the group of chasers and kept the momentum to take the victory.
Ion izagirre TBMcame safe in the group of GS contenders and went to the seventh position in GC with +0;37 seconds behind Richie Porte who took the overall lead of 20 seconds ahead Wilco Kelderman and Sam Oomen.
Ion Izagirrehad a big support of his teammates, Mark Padun, brother Gorka Izagirre, Kristijan Koren and Hermann Pernsteiner who had some breakaway apetites, but further on continued with a help to the TBM leader.
Hopefuly it is a good warm-up day for TBM for the upcoming and harder mountain stages of Tour de Suisse 2018.