For the second day in a row, our riders were protagonists in the breakaway.

One last mountain stage, featuring two tough classified ascents and over 3000 vertical meters, and one last opportunity for the climbers to gain time before the final stage ITT in Vaduz – that’s what the Tour de Suisse had in store Saturday, when for the second consecutive day, the Wolfpack animated the day from the break.

One of the main animators on stage 6, which he finished fifth after a solid outing on the climbs, Fausto Masnada infiltrated again in the day’s main move, only this time with his Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl teammate Ilan Van Wilder for company. Having sailed away in the first ten kilometers of the stage, the group ensured themselves a nice buffer before the first hurdle of the day – Lukmanierpass (18km, 5.5%), a constant presence at the Tour de Suisse in recent years.

Despite the peloton gradually increasing the tempo, the advantage stabilized around four minutes and it proved enough for the escapees to battle it out on Malbun, a gruelling 12.8km ascent averaging 8.8%. As the road went up, Ilan had a tentative dig, but the others reacted and the group remained as one until nine kilometers to go, when three riders used a double-digit section to plug away. It was from here that Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) attacked two kilometers from the finish and took the victory, while Fausto and Ilan, despite emptying themselves on the closing part of Malbun, were overhauled by the favourites.

Remco Evenepoel came home just a couple of seconds behind the main favourites, in 12th place, and remains the team’s highest-ranked rider in the general classification, where he has a chance to gain some positions in the individual time trial which will bring the race to a conclusion.

 

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Race details

1 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
5:06:39
2 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Movistar Team
0:25
3 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Qazaqstan Team
0:38
4 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
1:19
5 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
1:30
6 Nicolas Prodhomme
AG2R Citroën Team
1:40
7 Jakob Fuglsang
Israel - Premier Tech
1:48
8 Domenico Pozzovivo
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
1:59
9 Sébastien Reichenbach
Groupama - FDJ
2:09
10 Neilson Powless
EF Education-EasyPost
2:19
12 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:30
14 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:37
32 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
9:20
44 Tim Declercq
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
15:01
66 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
23:19
1 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
32:38:38
2 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:02
3 Jakob Fuglsang
Israel - Premier Tech
0:19
4 Neilson Powless
EF Education-EasyPost
1:16
5 Domenico Pozzovivo
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
1:37
6 Sébastien Reichenbach
Groupama - FDJ
2:09
7 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
2:19
8 Bob Jungels
AG2R Citroën Team
2:31
9 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
2:47
10 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
2:59
13 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:09
20 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
14:45
30 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
36:06
58 Tim Declercq
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:20:37
78 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:54:46
1 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
30 pt
2 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
20 pt
3 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
18 pt
4 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
13 pt
5 Nico Denz
Team DSM
12 pt
6 Daryl Impey
Israel - Premier Tech
12 pt
7 Peter Sagan
TotalEnergies
12 pt
8 Matthew Holmes
Lotto Soudal
12 pt
9 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
10 pt
10 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
10 pt
23 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3 pt
26 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2 pt
1 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
60 pt
2 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
31 pt
3 Thibaut Pinot
Groupama - FDJ
28 pt
4 Nico Denz
Team DSM
20 pt
5 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Movistar Team
16 pt
6 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
15 pt
7 Clément Berthet
AG2R Citroën Team
14 pt
8 Philippe Gilbert
Lotto Soudal
12 pt
9 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
10 pt
10 Alexander Kamp
Trek - Segafredo
10 pt
25 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4 pt
30 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2 pt
1 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
32:38:38
2 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
2:59
3 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:09
4 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
4:34
5 Mathieu Burgaudeau
TotalEnergies
5:50
6 Clément Berthet
AG2R Citroën Team
17:57
7 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
28:40
8 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
36:06
9 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Soudal
38:25
10 Yannis Voisard
Switzerland
43:13
1 Groupama - FDJ 98:00:04
2 BORA - hansgrohe 0:33
3 AG2R Citroën Team 16:03
4 INEOS Grenadiers 33:18
5 Israel - Premier Tech 36:47
6 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 37:47
7 Movistar Team 37:47
8 Cofidis 58:26
9 Lotto Soudal 1:13:57
10 Team DSM 1:26:32

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