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Tour de Suisse stage 3: Peter Sagan blasts back with bunch sprint stunner

Triple world champion wins for first time since last September and opens account for new team TotalEnergies.

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Peter Sagan (Team TotalEnergies) returned to the frame with sprint victory at the Tour de Suisse.

The triple world champ surfed the wheels to perfection through a tricky, crash-blighted final into Grenchen before coming off the wheels of the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert leadout to land his first win for Team TotalEnergies.

Bryan Coquard (Cofidis) and Alexander Kristoff (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) went two-three behind the Slovak supremo.

The result comes perfectly timed for Sagan.

The 32-year-old hadn’t won in nine months, with his last WorldTour victory coming further back in last year’s Giro d’Italia.

TotalEneries splashed big cash on the VIP of pro cycling this winter and so far, Sagan was yet to deliver after suffering with COVID and other illnesses in the spring.

“I told you already it’s hard to get back in a racing mood afer my sickness and three months without racing – it just needs time,” he said at the finish.

“It’s just a stage win, I’m happy for that and for the team, they did a great job on the front pulling all day. In the end I made it, and I’m just happy for that.”

Sagan’s next big race? The Tour de France.

Is he back?

“Well, it’s nice to be back,” was his typically curt reply to the television interviewer.

Stephen Williams (Bahrain Victorious) finished safe in the bunch to retain his overall lead.

US stars make the break

KoM jersey wearer Simmons and US national jersey wearer Rosskopf made the break. (Photo: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Matthias Reutimann (Swiss national team) started the attacking on another long hot day soon after the flag drop.

KoM jersey-wearing Coloradan Quinn Simmons (Trek Segafredo) was quick to come across with Manuele Boaro (Astana Qazaqstan) and home star Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-EasyPost).

Philippe Gilbert (Lotto Soudal) and U.S champion Joey Rosskopf (Human Powered Health) moved next and the six-rider break was established.

Simmons looked sharp all day, jumping on Bisseger’s wheel when the Swissman attacked heading into the final hour and going over the top of his rival on the Vauffelin climb to score even more points in his quest for the KoM jersey.

Bissegger attacked again at 33km to go and this one stuck.

The time trial ace went away and took 40 seconds of a lead but it never looked likely to stick in one of the few sprint opportunities of the week.

Bissegger and the ecapees were never given much room all day.

TotalEnergies and then BikeExchange and Intermarché-Wanty Gobert piled on at the front throughout the stage after the break took the stage Monday, and the hard TT-ing Bissegger was reeled in at 11km to go, and a sprint was on the cards.

Thomas, surprises with sprint points, Schachmann undone by crash

Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) and Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) surprised the GC pack when they darted off the front at the final intermediate sprint at 9km to go.

The move gave Thomas an extra three seconds that vaulted him up the closely-knit classification ahead of the decisive mountain stages to come.

The Welshman now sits fourth overall, just seven seconds back on countryman Williams.

Schachmann also scored bonus points only to see a crash in the bunch at 4km to go leaving him with a ripped-up jersey and losing the valuable seconds he won just kilometers before.

Up next: Another long hilly one

Racing resumes out of Grenchen for stage 4 on Wednesday. A bunch of lumps and bumps fill the first 170km of the 192km stage before a short steep Cat.2 climb comes to cause complications for the sprinters.

Tour de Suisse Stage 3 Results

1SAGAN PeterTotalEnergies4:28:38
2COQUARD BryanCofidis0:00
3KRISTOFF AlexanderIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux0:00
4PIDCOCK ThomasINEOS Grenadiers0:00
5ARANBURU AlexMovistar Team0:00
6TRENTIN MatteoUAE Team Emirates0:00
7BOL CeesTeam DSM0:00
8MATTHEWS MichaelTeam BikeExchange - Jayco0:00
9TEUNISSEN MikeJumbo-Visma0:00
10BETTIOL AlbertoEF Education-EasyPost0:00
11HOULE HugoIsrael - Premier Tech0:00
12GOGL MichaelAlpecin-Fenix0:00
13ASKEY LewisGroupama - FDJ0:00
14RÜEGG LukasSwitzerland0:00
15PASQUALON AndreaIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux0:00
16THOMAS GeraintINEOS Grenadiers0:00
17BRAMBILLA GianlucaTrek - Segafredo0:00
18IMPEY DarylIsrael - Premier Tech0:00
19POWLESS NeilsonEF Education-EasyPost0:00
20OOMEN SamJumbo-Visma0:00
21KÜNG StefanGroupama - FDJ0:00
22RUTSCH JonasEF Education-EasyPost0:00
23BERTHET ClémentAG2R Citroën Team0:00
24AASVOLD KristianHuman Powered Health0:00
25FUGLSANG JakobIsrael - Premier Tech0:00
26HOELGAARD MarkusTrek - Segafredo0:00
27WARBASSE LarryAG2R Citroën Team0:00
28KUSS SeppJumbo-Visma0:00
29HIRSCHI MarcUAE Team Emirates0:00
30ROCHAS RémyCofidis0:00
31VLASOV AleksandrBORA - hansgrohe0:00
32GROßSCHARTNER FelixBORA - hansgrohe0:00
33YATES AdamINEOS Grenadiers0:00
34WILLIAMS StephenBahrain - Victorious0:00
35JUNGELS BobAG2R Citroën Team0:00
36PEDRERO AntonioMovistar Team0:00
37KRON AndreasLotto Soudal0:00
38JACOBS JohanMovistar Team0:00
39DILLIER SilvanAlpecin-Fenix0:00
40URÁN RigobertoEF Education-EasyPost0:00
41MÄDER GinoBahrain - Victorious0:00
42LEKNESSUND AndreasTeam DSM0:00
43PACHER QuentinGroupama - FDJ0:00
44RODRÍGUEZ ÓscarMovistar Team0:00
45CARTHY HughEF Education-EasyPost0:00
46MARTÍNEZ Daniel FelipeINEOS Grenadiers0:00
47EVENEPOEL RemcoQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team0:00
48SCHÄR MichaelAG2R Citroën Team0:00
49HOWSON DamienTeam BikeExchange - Jayco0:00
50HIGUITA SergioBORA - hansgrohe0:00
51ARNDT NikiasTeam DSM0:00
52REICHENBACH SébastienGroupama - FDJ0:00
53EENKHOORN PascalJumbo-Visma0:00
54VOISARD YannisSwitzerland0:00
55ARENSMAN ThymenTeam DSM0:00
56TURGIS AnthonyTotalEnergies0:00
57BURGAUDEAU MathieuTotalEnergies0:00
58GRUZDEV DmitriyAstana Qazaqstan Team0:00
59SMITH DionTeam BikeExchange - Jayco0:00
60OLDANI StefanoAlpecin-Fenix0:31
61HOLLENSTEIN RetoIsrael - Premier Tech0:31
62HERRADA JoséCofidis0:31
63VAN MOER BrentLotto Soudal0:31
64ROSSKOPF JoeyHuman Powered Health0:31
65COVI AlessandroUAE Team Emirates0:35
66PERNSTEINER HermannBahrain - Victorious0:39
67FROIDEVAUX RobinSwitzerland0:39
68MEURISSE XandroAlpecin-Fenix0:39
69THALMANN RolandSwitzerland0:39
71SCHACHMANN MaximilianBORA - hansgrohe0:51
72POZZOVIVO DomenicoIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux0:51
73MASNADA FaustoQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team0:51
74BAUER JackTeam BikeExchange - Jayco1:07
75PALZER AntonBORA - hansgrohe1:07
76OLIVEIRA NelsonMovistar Team1:12
77MANNION GavinHuman Powered Health1:12
78DUCHESNE AntoineGroupama - FDJ1:12
79PRODHOMME NicolasAG2R Citroën Team1:12
80VERGAERDE OttoTrek - Segafredo1:18
81VAN BAARLE DylanINEOS Grenadiers1:18
82GESINK RobertJumbo-Visma1:37
83NEILANDS KristsIsrael - Premier Tech1:37
84CHAMPOUSSIN ClémentAG2R Citroën Team1:46
85COSNEFROY BenoîtAG2R Citroën Team1:46
86OSS DanielTotalEnergies1:54
87ZAMBANINI EdoardoBahrain - Victorious1:54
88IZAGIRRE IonCofidis2:19
89GILBERT PhilippeLotto Soudal2:25
90VERVAEKE LouisQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team2:25
91BOHLI TomCofidis2:25
92BODNAR MaciejTotalEnergies2:25
93ZIMMERMANN GeorgIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux2:25
94BEVIN PatrickIsrael - Premier Tech2:47
95PELLAUD SimonTrek - Segafredo2:47
96KAMP AlexanderTrek - Segafredo2:52
97DENZ NicoTeam DSM2:52
98PETIT AdrienIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux2:55
99PINOT ThibautGroupama - FDJ2:57
100DENNIS RohanJumbo-Visma3:02
101FRAILE OmarINEOS Grenadiers3:23
102ROWE LukeINEOS Grenadiers3:23
103HALLER MarcoBORA - hansgrohe3:23
104BISSEGGER StefanEF Education-EasyPost3:23
105SIMMONS QuinnTrek - Segafredo3:23
106BAX SjoerdAlpecin-Fenix3:36
107PETILLI SimoneIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux3:36
108ARMÉE SanderCofidis3:36
109MAAS JanTeam BikeExchange - Jayco3:36
110ULISSI DiegoUAE Team Emirates3:36
111COSTA RuiUAE Team Emirates3:36
112BADILATTI MatteoGroupama - FDJ3:36
113SOLER MarcUAE Team Emirates3:36
114VITZTHUM SimonSwitzerland3:36
115PEDERSEN CasperTeam DSM3:36
116VAN WILDER IlanQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team4:17
117DECLERCQ TimQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team4:17
118WANDAHL FrederikBORA - hansgrohe4:17
119ASGREEN KasperQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team4:17
120FEDOROV YevgeniyAstana Qazaqstan Team4:33
121LUTSENKO AlexeyAstana Qazaqstan Team4:33
122JANSSENS JimmyAlpecin-Fenix4:43
123MEYER CameronTeam BikeExchange - Jayco4:51
124MACIEJUK FilipBahrain - Victorious4:51
125HAGA ChadHuman Powered Health4:51
126MOSCON GianniAstana Qazaqstan Team5:02
127TORRES AlbertMovistar Team6:32
128SERRANO GonzaloMovistar Team6:32
129MANZIN LorrenzoTotalEnergies6:32
130OURSELIN PaulTotalEnergies6:32
131MONIQUET SylvainLotto Soudal6:32
132DE GENDT ThomasLotto Soudal6:32
133PLANCKAERT BaptisteIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux6:32
134SWIRBUL KeeganHuman Powered Health6:32
135HOLMES MatthewLotto Soudal6:32
136KNOX JamesQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team6:32
137SUTER JoelUAE Team Emirates6:32
138SCULLY TomEF Education-EasyPost6:32
139ROOSEN TimoJumbo-Visma6:32
140NIBALI AntonioAstana Qazaqstan Team6:32
141ARASHIRO YukiyaBahrain - Victorious6:32
142PRICE-PEJTERSEN JohanBahrain - Victorious6:32
143REUTIMANN MathiasSwitzerland6:32
144BOARO ManueleAstana Qazaqstan Team6:32
145VINE JayAlpecin-Fenix6:32
146BERWICK SebastianIsrael - Premier Tech6:32
147MURPHY KyleHuman Powered Health15:13
148IMHOF ClaudioSwitzerland26:14
1WILLIAMS StephenBahrain - Victorious 13:32:19
2KRON AndreasLotto Soudal0:06
3LEKNESSUND AndreasTeam DSM0:07
4THOMAS GeraintINEOS Grenadiers0:07
5KÜNG StefanGroupama - FDJ0:10
6KUSS SeppJumbo-Visma0:10
7HIRSCHI MarcUAE Team Emirates0:10
8VLASOV AleksandrBORA - hansgrohe0:10
9FUGLSANG JakobIsrael - Premier Tech0:10
10YATES AdamINEOS Grenadiers0:10
11EVENEPOEL RemcoQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team0:10
12HIGUITA SergioBORA - hansgrohe0:10
13BERTHET ClémentAG2R Citroën Team0:34
14POWLESS NeilsonEF Education-EasyPost0:34
15GROßSCHARTNER FelixBORA - hansgrohe0:34
16REICHENBACH SébastienGroupama - FDJ0:34
17SCHACHMANN MaximilianBORA - hansgrohe0:55
18BURGAUDEAU MathieuTotalEnergies0:58
19ARANBURU AlexMovistar Team1:01
20OOMEN SamJumbo-Visma1:01
21EENKHOORN PascalJumbo-Visma1:01
22ROCHAS RémyCofidis1:01
23JUNGELS BobAG2R Citroën Team1:01
24MÄDER GinoBahrain - Victorious1:01
25MARTÍNEZ Daniel FelipeINEOS Grenadiers1:01
26URÁN RigobertoEF Education-EasyPost1:01
27POZZOVIVO DomenicoIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux1:03
28HOULE HugoIsrael - Premier Tech1:29
29WARBASSE LarryAG2R Citroën Team1:29
30PIDCOCK ThomasINEOS Grenadiers1:29
31HOWSON DamienTeam BikeExchange - Jayco1:29
32GOGL MichaelAlpecin-Fenix1:29
33PEDRERO AntonioMovistar Team1:29
34OLDANI StefanoAlpecin-Fenix1:32
35PERNSTEINER HermannBahrain - Victorious1:40
36PASQUALON AndreaIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux2:02
37ARNDT NikiasTeam DSM2:02
38RODRÍGUEZ ÓscarMovistar Team2:02
39CARTHY HughEF Education-EasyPost2:02
40ARENSMAN ThymenTeam DSM2:02
41BETTIOL AlbertoEF Education-EasyPost2:14
42BRAMBILLA GianlucaTrek - Segafredo2:20
43MASNADA FaustoQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team2:22
44HERRADA JoséCofidis2:33
45OLIVEIRA NelsonMovistar Team3:14
46ZIMMERMANN GeorgIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux3:54
47PINOT ThibautGroupama - FDJ3:58
48ZAMBANINI EdoardoBahrain - Victorious4:14
49VAN WILDER IlanQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team4:27
50GILBERT PhilippeLotto Soudal4:27
51ULISSI DiegoUAE Team Emirates4:37
52LUTSENKO AlexeyAstana Qazaqstan Team4:43
53RÜEGG LukasSwitzerland4:49
54ASGREEN KasperQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team4:51
55PETILLI SimoneIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux5:05
56THALMANN RolandSwitzerland5:28
57PRODHOMME NicolasAG2R Citroën Team5:29
58MOSCON GianniAstana Qazaqstan Team5:36
59DILLIER SilvanAlpecin-Fenix5:53
60SCHÄR MichaelAG2R Citroën Team5:53
61COVI AlessandroUAE Team Emirates6:12
62COQUARD BryanCofidis6:19
63PACHER QuentinGroupama - FDJ6:25
65PALZER AntonBORA - hansgrohe6:50
66TURGIS AnthonyTotalEnergies6:58
67MONIQUET SylvainLotto Soudal7:33
68MEURISSE XandroAlpecin-Fenix7:42
69RUTSCH JonasEF Education-EasyPost7:47
70VOISARD YannisSwitzerland7:47
71MATTHEWS MichaelTeam BikeExchange - Jayco7:48
72SMITH DionTeam BikeExchange - Jayco8:08
73GESINK RobertJumbo-Visma8:09
74CHAMPOUSSIN ClémentAG2R Citroën Team8:10
75IMPEY DarylIsrael - Premier Tech8:42
76PELLAUD SimonTrek - Segafredo9:11
77DUCHESNE AntoineGroupama - FDJ9:18
78BAX SjoerdAlpecin-Fenix10:00
79OURSELIN PaulTotalEnergies10:01
80HOLMES MatthewLotto Soudal10:10
81OSS DanielTotalEnergies10:36
82MANNION GavinHuman Powered Health11:04
83TEUNISSEN MikeJumbo-Visma11:19
84ROSSKOPF JoeyHuman Powered Health11:59
85BADILATTI MatteoGroupama - FDJ12:40
86SIMMONS QuinnTrek - Segafredo13:04
87BISSEGGER StefanEF Education-EasyPost13:14
88VERVAEKE LouisQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team13:44
89NEILANDS KristsIsrael - Premier Tech13:59
90TRENTIN MatteoUAE Team Emirates14:39
91VAN MOER BrentLotto Soudal15:35
92KRISTOFF AlexanderIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux15:42
93WANDAHL FrederikBORA - hansgrohe15:45
94GRUZDEV DmitriyAstana Qazaqstan Team15:54
95ARASHIRO YukiyaBahrain - Victorious15:55
96COSTA RuiUAE Team Emirates16:08
97DENZ NicoTeam DSM16:25
98BODNAR MaciejTotalEnergies16:44
99BAUER JackTeam BikeExchange - Jayco16:46
100PEDERSEN CasperTeam DSM16:58
101BEVIN PatrickIsrael - Premier Tech17:26
102MAAS JanTeam BikeExchange - Jayco17:41
103VITZTHUM SimonSwitzerland18:05
104BERWICK SebastianIsrael - Premier Tech18:25
105HOELGAARD MarkusTrek - Segafredo18:52
106FROIDEVAUX RobinSwitzerland18:59
107MACIEJUK FilipBahrain - Victorious19:10
108HAGA ChadHuman Powered Health19:20
109JACOBS JohanMovistar Team19:24
110AASVOLD KristianHuman Powered Health19:42
111SOLER MarcUAE Team Emirates19:51
112SAGAN PeterTotalEnergies20:06
113BOHLI TomCofidis20:07
114ASKEY LewisGroupama - FDJ20:14
115COSNEFROY BenoîtAG2R Citroën Team20:21
116HALLER MarcoBORA - hansgrohe20:33
117MEYER CameronTeam BikeExchange - Jayco20:37
118DENNIS RohanJumbo-Visma21:06
119ROOSEN TimoJumbo-Visma21:11
120VERGAERDE OttoTrek - Segafredo21:34
121PLANCKAERT BaptisteIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux21:36
122PETIT AdrienIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux21:47
123KAMP AlexanderTrek - Segafredo22:34
124FRAILE OmarINEOS Grenadiers22:49
125SWIRBUL KeeganHuman Powered Health22:56
126ROWE LukeINEOS Grenadiers23:38
127SERRANO GonzaloMovistar Team23:42
128JANSSENS JimmyAlpecin-Fenix24:09
129FEDOROV YevgeniyAstana Qazaqstan Team24:31
130NIBALI AntonioAstana Qazaqstan Team24:52
131BOARO ManueleAstana Qazaqstan Team25:00
132VAN BAARLE DylanINEOS Grenadiers25:04
133ARMÉE SanderCofidis25:08
134HOLLENSTEIN RetoIsrael - Premier Tech25:39
135TORRES AlbertMovistar Team27:43
136IZAGIRRE IonCofidis27:52
137REUTIMANN MathiasSwitzerland30:18
138DECLERCQ TimQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team30:22
139DE GENDT ThomasLotto Soudal31:33
140SCULLY TomEF Education-EasyPost31:47
141SUTER JoelUAE Team Emirates32:37
142BOL CeesTeam DSM33:01
143VINE JayAlpecin-Fenix35:02
144PRICE-PEJTERSEN JohanBahrain - Victorious35:44
145KNOX JamesQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team36:04
146MANZIN LorrenzoTotalEnergies37:47
147MURPHY KyleHuman Powered Health48:42
148IMHOF ClaudioSwitzerland1:05:49
2SIMMONS QuinnTrek - Segafredo14
3WILLIAMS StephenBahrain - Victorious12
4SAGAN PeterTotalEnergies12
5SCHACHMANN MaximilianBORA - hansgrohe10
6BETTIOL AlbertoEF Education-EasyPost8
7COQUARD BryanCofidis8
8KRON AndreasLotto Soudal6
9MATTHEWS MichaelTeam BikeExchange - Jayco6
10KRISTOFF AlexanderIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux6
11THOMAS GeraintINEOS Grenadiers4
12REUTIMANN MathiasSwitzerland4
13HIRSCHI MarcUAE Team Emirates4
14PIDCOCK ThomasINEOS Grenadiers4
15PASQUALON AndreaIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux4
16BURGAUDEAU MathieuTotalEnergies3
17HOLMES MatthewLotto Soudal3
18ARANBURU AlexMovistar Team2
19LUTSENKO AlexeyAstana Qazaqstan Team2
20TRENTIN MatteoUAE Team Emirates2
21PEDERSEN CasperTeam DSM2
22HAGA ChadHuman Powered Health2
23JACOBS JohanMovistar Team2
24ASKEY LewisGroupama - FDJ2
25BISSEGGER StefanEF Education-EasyPost1
26VITZTHUM SimonSwitzerland1
27ROWE LukeINEOS Grenadiers1
1KRON AndreasLotto Soudal 13:32:25
2LEKNESSUND AndreasTeam DSM0:01
3HIRSCHI MarcUAE Team Emirates0:04
4EVENEPOEL RemcoQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team0:04
5HIGUITA SergioBORA - hansgrohe0:04
6BERTHET ClémentAG2R Citroën Team0:28
7BURGAUDEAU MathieuTotalEnergies0:52
8EENKHOORN PascalJumbo-Visma0:55
9MÄDER GinoBahrain - Victorious0:55
10PIDCOCK ThomasINEOS Grenadiers1:23
1SIMMONS QuinnTrek - Segafredo34
2GILBERT PhilippeLotto Soudal12
4VITZTHUM SimonSwitzerland10
5RUTSCH JonasEF Education-EasyPost8
6REUTIMANN MathiasSwitzerland8
7BOARO ManueleAstana Qazaqstan Team8
8SUTER JoelUAE Team Emirates6
9HOLMES MatthewLotto Soudal6
10ROSSKOPF JoeyHuman Powered Health6
11JACOBS JohanMovistar Team5
12FUGLSANG JakobIsrael - Premier Tech3
13CARTHY HughEF Education-EasyPost3
14SCHÄR MichaelAG2R Citroën Team3
15EVENEPOEL RemcoQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team2
16BURGAUDEAU MathieuTotalEnergies2
17BADILATTI MatteoGroupama - FDJ2
18BISSEGGER StefanEF Education-EasyPost2
19MAAS JanTeam BikeExchange - Jayco2
20HAGA ChadHuman Powered Health2
21YATES AdamINEOS Grenadiers1
22COVI AlessandroUAE Team Emirates1
23MANZIN LorrenzoTotalEnergies1
1BORA - hansgrohe 40:37:27
2INEOS Grenadiers0:51
3Groupama - FDJ1:15
5Bahrain - Victorious2:21
6AG2R Citroën Team2:34
7EF Education-EasyPost3:07
8Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux3:31
9Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team3:42
10Team DSM3:57
11Movistar Team4:02
12Lotto Soudal4:38
13UAE Team Emirates6:43
15Israel - Premier Tech7:41
19Team BikeExchange - Jayco15:23
20Trek - Segafredo19:24
21Astana Qazaqstan Team22:19
22Human Powered Health33:15

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