Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | Mark Padun 5th and Enrico Gasparotto 6th at second stage of Tour de Suisse
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Mark Padun 5th and Enrico Gasparotto 6th at second stage of Tour de Suisse

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Tour de Suisse

Frauenland, May 10th–  Stage 2 – 156 km (4 x 39)

After the opening TTT team time trial in Frauenfeld, the second stage of Tour de Suisse stage 2 had a characheter of a sprint stage. The 156 km stage, starting and finishing at the same spot and a four laps of a 39 km circuit with one 3 cat. climb in each lap.

The last climb, 21km from the finish was a decisive one for the for a propper position for the sprinters.

The early break after 5km, featuring Perrig Quéméneur (Direct Énergie), Filippo Zaccanti (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Calvin Watson (Aqua Blue Sport). The trio was holding the gap of maximum 3 minutes and Zaccanti was leading the trio over the first two laps and Watson took the sprint points.

At the point of 60 km remaining, the peloton started to be more active and Michael Albasini (Mitchelton-Scott) joined the leading trio.

BMC was keeping the front of the peloton and getting the breakaway quarted to just a minute ahead before the final lap. Further on Bora-Hansgrohe took the primate before the final climb and building up the position for Peter Sagans’ sprint corridor.

Mark Padun and Enrico Gasparotto, very active TBM couple earned good positions, no matter that they aren’t sprint specialists. Mark Padun had remarkable attacks at the last 5 km. Finally, Enrico Gasparotto felt that his younger colleague Mark Padun might be more ready for a long and final sprint. Sonny Colbrelli didn’t succseed to join the sprinter at the final climb and wasn’t in such a good position for his sprint fireworks.

Sagan, Gaviria and Matthews took over the final scenario at todays’ stage and Mark Padun took 5th and Enrico Gasparotto 6th place. Kristijan Koren, Gorka Izagirre and Hermann Pernsteiner were mostly having eyes on Ion Izagirre, the TBMs’ leader at Tour de Suisse. As the final lap had few crashes, Hermann Pernsteiner joind one, but without any serious injuries.

After TTT and a looping second stage, the harder and demanding stages of Tour de Swiss start tomorrow from Oberstammheim – Gansingen with 182.8 km.

Mark Padun: “Most of the race we were looking out for our leader, Ion Izaguirre, but after the last climb when I realized that Sonny isn7t at the good position, I tried to attack and before last few kilometers to the finish I got into a good position for a sprint”.


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