Masnada enlivens the Tour de Suisse

Masnada enlivens the Tour de Suisse

Sitting more than nine minutes behind the top of the general classification, Fausto Masnada had nothing to lose on the queen stage of the Tour de Suisse, which took the peloton over the Nufenenpass – the country’s highest paved road pass – before a tough summit finish on the 17.7km long Moosalp, a climb averaging 7.6%.

Winner of a stage at the Tour of Oman this season – a race which he concluded runner-up – the man who came close to winning Il Lombardia last year joined the breakaway and was one of the most active riders there, as the group built an eight-minute margin over the peloton. On the descent, the chasers clawed back time, but the escapees still had enough by the time they got to the bottom of the last ascent.

Fausto turned up the heat there several times, his powerful accelerations dropping all but one rider with three kilometers to go. Three of his former companions found a way back, and as a result, five riders went under the flamme rouge. Masnada led out, and despite giving his best, he ran out of steam after the huge effort he had produced the entire stage and finished fifth as Nico Denz (Team DSM) took the win.

“It wasn’t easy to go in the breakaway, but I did my best in the first part of the race. Then, on the last climb, I tried to drop the others, at one point I remained only with Denz for company, we had a good gap, but those guys who we initially distanced came back. In the sprint, I had nothing left in the legs. It’s not the result I wanted, but it’s still a good result after so much time without racing. It’s nice to be at this level and it encourages me to work even more in this direction”, the 28-year-old Italian said at the finish.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Nico Denz
Team DSM
5:11:14
2 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
0:00
3 José Herrada López
Cofidis
0:00
4 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
5 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:11
6 Quentin Pacher
Groupama - FDJ
1:33
7 Roland Thalmann
Switzerland
1:46
8 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
2:14
9 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
2:14
10 Jakob Fuglsang
Israel - Premier Tech
2:14
22 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:06
48 Tim Declercq
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
14:33
68 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
21:44
75 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
24:52
DNS Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
-05:11:14
1 Jakob Fuglsang
Israel - Premier Tech
27:30:30
2 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:01
3 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:10
4 Neilson Powless
EF Education-EasyPost
0:26
5 Felix Großschartner
BORA - hansgrohe
0:34
6 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
0:46
7 Stefan Küng
Groupama - FDJ
0:49
8 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
1:00
9 Domenico Pozzovivo
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
1:07
10 Sébastien Reichenbach
Groupama - FDJ
1:29
15 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:08
19 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6:54
37 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
35:00
66 Tim Declercq
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:07:05
86 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:32:56
1 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
22 pt
2 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
20 pt
3 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
18 pt
4 Daryl Impey
Israel - Premier Tech
12 pt
5 Nico Denz
Team DSM
12 pt
6 Peter Sagan
TotalEnergies
12 pt
7 Matthew Holmes
Lotto Soudal
12 pt
8 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
10 pt
9 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
8 pt
10 Neilson Powless
EF Education-EasyPost
8 pt
19 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3 pt
1 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
60 pt
2 Nico Denz
Team DSM
20 pt
3 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
19 pt
4 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
15 pt
5 Philippe Gilbert
Lotto Soudal
12 pt
6 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
10 pt
7 Alexander Kamp
Trek - Segafredo
10 pt
8 Simon Vitzthum
Switzerland
10 pt
9 Roland Thalmann
Switzerland
10 pt
10 Matthew Holmes
Lotto Soudal
9 pt
23 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2 pt
1 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
27:30:40
2 Andreas Leknessund
Team DSM
0:36
3 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
0:50
4 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2:58
5 Mathieu Burgaudeau
TotalEnergies
4:26
6 Clément Berthet
AG2R Citroën Team
10:49
7 Clément Champoussin
AG2R Citroën Team
13:35
8 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Soudal
34:32
9 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
34:50
10 Quinn Simmons
Trek - Segafredo
35:29
1 BORA - hansgrohe 82:32:46
2 Groupama - FDJ 2:13
3 AG2R Citroën Team 13:18
4 INEOS Grenadiers 16:33
5 Israel - Premier Tech 21:07
6 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 30:41
7 Movistar Team 31:48
8 Cofidis 43:59
9 Team DSM 45:06
10 Lotto Soudal 55:34

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