Sagan wins a second Suisse stage, Pinot keeps yellow jersey

Peter Sagan wins again at Tour de Suisse, mastering a technical run-in to the stage 6 sprint as Thibaut Pinot keeps the GC lead

Peter Sagan sprinted to his second win in the 2015 Tour de Suisse on Thursday in stage 6, bursting clear in the final few hundred meters after a sharp right turn in Biel, Switzerland.

The Tinkoff-Saxo Slovak, wearing the black jersey of the points competition leader, out-sprinted Lotto-Soudal’s Jurgen Roelandts after 193.1 kilometers of lumpy racing. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) rounded out the podium in third.

“It was very crazy in the finale,” Sagan. “We did a good lead-out train the last two-three kilometers, as in the headwind everybody wanted to be at the front. I took the penultimate turn to the left a little bit back but I gained more speed, and I was in second position before the last turn thanks to great help from Bennati. I could start the last part of my sprint after the corner and I won the stage.”

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) kept the yellow jersey he earned Wednesday with his solo stage win, and is 42 seconds ahead of Geraint Thomas (Sky) in the overall.

The early breakaway included Matej Mohoric (Cannondale-Garmin), Axel Domont (Ag2r La Mondiale), Jerome Baugnies (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), and Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC Sprandi-Polkowice).

Friday’s 164.6km stage 7 from Biel Düdingen will include four category 3 climbs and may prove to be another day suited to Sagan’s strengths.