American Larry Warbasse claims first career WorldTour victory. He comes across the line solo in Tour de Suisse stage 4 after long breakaway.

American Larry Warbasse earned his first WorldTour victory Tuesday with a solo escape in Tour de Suisse’s first mountain stage to Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland. The 26-year-old, riding for Pro Continental team Aqua Blue Sport, shed his breakaway companions on the uphill finish at the end of 143.2km of racing. BMC’s Damiano Caruso finished second and took the overall lead with his podium result. Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) was third on the stage.

“As soon as I got in the breakaway [I thought it would work],” a tearful Warbasse said. “I told everyone yesterday … I worked really hard the last season. I always give 110 percent. I’m just so happy it finally paid off.”

Stage 4, top 10

Top-five overall

Warbasse reached the bottom of the 13.5km finish climb with Canadian Antoine Duchesne (Direct Energie) and Nick van der Lijke (Roompot).

Midway up the climb, the American was all alone, setting a steady tempo while the GC favorites began to attack each other. First, Pozzovivo probed the group with an attack. Former Tour de Suisse champion Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) shut down the Italian’s move.

Next, Pozzovivo’s Ag2r La Mondiale teammate, local favorite Matthias Frank, attacked. However, the Swiss rider was dropped and eventually finished a few seconds behind the group of GC favorites.

“It is the first victory in my career, so it’s amazing,” Warbasse added. “I love this race. I love the Tour de Suisse. It’s one of the most beautiful countries and I have so many great memories.

“Today I felt like it was my home race. I never had so many people cheering for me — I am so happy.”

Wednesday’s stage 5 will be the Tour de Suisse’s longest day at 222km, featuring two categorized climbs but a flat run to the finish in Cevio.

Stage 4 results

General classification