Tour de Suisse: Solid start for the Wolfpack

Tour de Suisse: Solid start for the Wolfpack

The hilly 177.6km opening stage of the Tour de Suisse put on the table a terrain very much to the attackers’ liking, and our team just couldn’t miss this rendez-vous. As a result, Tim Declercq moved to the front of the peloton to take over the reins soon after the breakaway formed, and produced another huge effort, gradually chewing into the seven-man breakaway’s three-minute gap and bringing them into the bunch’s view on the final lap of the Küsnacht circuit, consisting of two hard climbs.

At the bottom of the last of the day’s eight ascents, Fausto Masnada – who returned with the Wolfpack for the first time in more than two months – pushed an insane tempo with Liège–Bastogne–Liège Remco Evenepoel at all times in his wheel, before peeling off once his job was done and the peloton was reduced to some 20-odd riders. When the attacks came, Evenepoel was the first to answer, making a selection in an instant.

That small group was caught by what was left from the peloton before Remco went again, at 1500 meters to go and with only one other rider for company. For a brief moment there, it looked like they would go all the way to the line, but the chasers joined them with just 500 meters left, and the stage came down to a sprint, which Ilan Van Wilder tried to anticipate. The 22-year-old Belgian went all-out and almost made it, only for the group to catch him inside the last 50 meters. Stephen Williams (Bahrain Victorious) won, while Ilan still had something left to finish sixth.

“It was a hard stage to kick off a race, but we did a good job, staying together, controlling things and answering all the dangerous moves. The list climb was demanding, but Remco gave it a go, while I stayed with the rest. When he got caught the second time, I went for it, but the others were faster. Still, to finish top 10 in my first race in a while is a good and encouraging result”, said Ilan, who in Switzerland made his first appearance with the Wolfpack since crashing out of “La Doyenne” at the end of April.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Stephen Williams
Bahrain - Victorious
4:16:51
2 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
3 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
0:00
4 Marc Hirschi
UAE Team Emirates
0:00
5 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Qazaqstan Team
0:00
6 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
7 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
8 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
9 Sepp Kuss
Jumbo-Visma
0:00
10 Domenico Pozzovivo
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
15 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
16 Kasper Asgreen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:24
45 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:19
78 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6:22
132 Tim Declercq
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
14:29
142 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
15:24
1 Stephen Williams
Bahrain - Victorious
4:16:41
2 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:04
3 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
0:06
4 Marc Hirschi
UAE Team Emirates
0:10
5 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Qazaqstan Team
0:10
6 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:10
7 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
0:10
8 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:10
9 Sepp Kuss
Jumbo-Visma
0:10
10 Domenico Pozzovivo
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:10
15 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:10
16 Kasper Asgreen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:34
45 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:29
78 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6:32
132 Tim Declercq
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
14:39
142 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
15:34
1 Stephen Williams
Bahrain - Victorious
12 pt
2 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
12 pt
3 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
8 pt
4 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
6 pt
5 Marc Hirschi
UAE Team Emirates
4 pt
6 Alexey Lutsenko
Astana Qazaqstan Team
2 pt
7 Casper Pedersen
Team DSM
2 pt
8 Chad Haga
Human Powered Health
2 pt
9 Lewis Askey
Groupama - FDJ
2 pt
10 Johan Jacobs
Movistar Team
2 pt
1 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
13 pt
2 Simon Vitzthum
Switzerland
10 pt
3 Johan Jacobs
Movistar Team
5 pt
4 Jakob Fuglsang
Israel - Premier Tech
3 pt
5 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2 pt
6 Chad Haga
Human Powered Health
2 pt
7 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
1 pt
1 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
4:16:47
2 Marc Hirschi
UAE Team Emirates
0:04
3 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:04
4 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:04
5 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:04
6 Clément Berthet
AG2R Citroën Team
0:28
7 Stefano Oldani
Alpecin-Fenix
0:55
8 Pascal Eenkhoorn
Jumbo-Visma
0:55
9 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Soudal
0:55
10 Mathieu Burgaudeau
TotalEnergies
0:55
1 BORA - hansgrohe 12:50:33
2 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:24
3 INEOS Grenadiers 0:51
4 Groupama - FDJ 1:15
5 Lotto Soudal 1:42
6 Jumbo-Visma 1:42
7 Bahrain - Victorious 1:42
8 AG2R Citroën Team 2:34
9 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 2:38
10 EF Education-EasyPost 3:07

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