The Cumbrian spent 150 kilometers at the front Saturday afternoon.

James Knox showed tons of grit and determination on the queen stage of the Swiss race as he produced a strong ride – his most impressive since returning from injury last month – on the relentless queen stage between Aigle and Zinal. The appetizing course contained more than 3000 vertical meters and six classified climbs, most of them stacked in the last 90 kilometers, and lent itself to long-range attacks, but the GC favourites decided to wait until the final 400 meters to attempt something.

For his part, James delivered an awesome load of work in the large breakaway group, which he split with a well-timed attack the first time up Les Pontis. Joined by four men, the Brit continued to put himself in the pain cave, contributing to the small group’s three-minute advantage over a bunch that properly ignited the chase on Les Ziettes d’en Bas, the fourth ranked ascent of the 180.1km stage.

As they began climbing Les Pontis again, Knox accelerated and made an important selection, only two riders matching his surge in pace. Eventually, the valiant and generous effort produced during the entire stage began being felt in the legs, and Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s rider was caught by the reduced peloton some 15 kilometers from the finish, where Sergio Higuita (Bora-hansgrohe) prevailed.

“It was a very difficult day. I didn’t have any stress at the start, so I thought it would be fun to go u the road. It wasn’t a challenge for the stage, it was more to test the legs a bit. I am happy with how I felt, especially after my crash on the second day of the race. In the end, I didn’t have the legs to remain at the front, as I was completely empty, but I am happy with my ride and with the confidence it gives me for the next races”, James said at the finish.

 

Photo credit: ©Dario Belingheri / Getty Images

Race details

1 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
4:58:52
2 Aleksandr Vlasov
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
3 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
0:00
4 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
5 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
6 Michael Woods
Israel - Premier Tech
0:00
7 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
8 Sébastien Reichenbach
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
9 Simon Geschke
Cofidis
0:00
10 Carlos Verona Quintanilla
Movistar Team
0:00
24 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:20
55 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
8:03
67 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
10:40
94 Mattia Cattaneo
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
22:45
95 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
22:45
DNF Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
-04:58:52
DNF Josef Černý
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
-04:58:52
1 Rohan Dennis
Jumbo-Visma
17:27:01
2 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
0:15
3 Aleksandr Vlasov
BORA - hansgrohe
0:18
4 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
0:25
5 Luke Plapp
INEOS Grenadiers
0:30
6 Gino Mäder
Bahrain - Victorious
0:32
7 Sébastien Reichenbach
Groupama - FDJ
0:37
8 Neilson Powless
EF Education-EasyPost
0:41
9 Simon Geschke
Cofidis
0:42
10 Steff Cras
Lotto Soudal
0:45
21 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:39
42 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
8:22
76 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
27:23
84 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
32:07
97 Mattia Cattaneo
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
41:44
1 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
110 pt
2 Rohan Dennis
Jumbo-Visma
81 pt
3 Aleksandr Vlasov
BORA - hansgrohe
66 pt
4 Quinten Hermans
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
61 pt
5 Patrick Bevin
Israel - Premier Tech
55 pt
6 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain - Victorious
50 pt
7 Toms Skujiņš
Trek - Segafredo
50 pt
8 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
43 pt
9 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
40 pt
10 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
39 pt
15 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
25 pt
19 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
19 pt
23 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16 pt
26 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
15 pt
1 Toms Skujiņš
Trek - Segafredo
49 pt
2 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
34 pt
3 Krists Neilands
Israel - Premier Tech
20 pt
4 Nils Brun
Switzerland
17 pt
5 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Movistar Team
16 pt
6 Thomas Champion
Cofidis
15 pt
7 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Cofidis
15 pt
8 Einer Augusto Rubio Reyes
Movistar Team
12 pt
9 Antoine Debons
Switzerland
11 pt
10 Andrey Amador Bikkazakova
INEOS Grenadiers
10 pt
15 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
7 pt
1 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
17:27:16
2 Luke Plapp
INEOS Grenadiers
0:15
3 Einer Augusto Rubio Reyes
Movistar Team
0:34
4 Sean Quinn
EF Education-EasyPost
0:43
5 Marc Hirschi
UAE Team Emirates
0:45
6 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:24
7 Finn Fisher-Black
UAE Team Emirates
1:52
8 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
3:39
9 Abner González Rivera
Movistar Team
4:01
10 Pau Miquel Delgado
Equipo Kern Pharma
10:12
1 Groupama - FDJ 52:23:09
2 Jumbo-Visma 0:23
3 Movistar Team 0:43
4 UAE Team Emirates 0:57
5 Bahrain - Victorious 3:25
6 BORA - hansgrohe 3:46
7 INEOS Grenadiers 4:10
8 Trek - Segafredo 4:22
9 Israel - Premier Tech 7:07
10 Cofidis 7:30

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