World champion Peter Sagan wins Wednesday's fifth stage while Damiano Caruso maintained his overall lead at the Tour de Suisse.

LAUSANNE (AFP) — World champion Peter Sagan broke out a new celebration as he won Wednesday’s fifth stage while Damiano Caruso maintained his overall lead at the Tour de Suisse.

“I’m very happy for this victory because the Bora-Hansgrohe riders really sacrificed themselves today,” Sagan said. “We went all in at the end of the stage and my teammates got me to the finish. I’m so happy with this win.”

Stage 5, top 10

Top-10 overall

For Slovak Sagan, it was his 14th stage win at the race over the last seven years as he took victory in the 222km ride from Bex to Cevio ahead of Swiss Michael Albasini and Italy’s Matteo Trentin.

Bora’s Sagan, 27, broke out into some arm waving resembling a hula dance as he crossed the finish line.

BMC’s Caruso maintained his 16-second lead over Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) with Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r La Mondiale) of Italy third at 25 seconds.

It was a terrible day for last year’s champion Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), who was taken to hospital after crashing badly on a fast descent midway through the stage.

At that point there was a six-man breakaway that had eked out a lead of six minutes at one stage.

But its last two remnants, Ben King (Dimension Data) and Jesper Asselman (Roompot), were caught with just 6km remaining.

Thursday’s 166.7km sixth stage from Locarno to La Punt has an uphill finish that should see the overall contenders do battle.

Stage 5 results

General classification