Coquard wins the second stage and Lampaert remains leader in the Tour of Switzerland

Coquard wins the second stage and Lampaert remains leader in the Tour of Switzerland


The French cyclist Bryan Coquard (Cofidis) won this Monday the second stage of the Tour de Suisse, held between Vaduz and Regensdorf over 177.3 kilometers, in a long sprint on an endless straight in which he surpassed Michael Matthews (Team Jayco AlUla) and Arnaud De Lie (Lotto Dstny), while the Belgian Yves Lampaert (Soudal Quick-Step) remains the overall leader.

Despite a small fall in the safety zone, which affected Ethan Hayter (INEOS Grenadiers) and Emanuel Bichmann (BORA-hansgrohe), the fight for the stage victory was clean, on a wide and long straight in which Coquard took advantage his good positioning after the last corner, from which he came second, to attack from afar.

Bryan Coquard, 32, made it ‘easy’ with his 52nd victory as a professional, taking advantage of his strength but also his 1.71 meters of height to catch other bigger sprinters off guard, such as Matthews himself, unable to keep up with him. in a sprint of more than 200 meters.

Triumph for the Frenchman who arrived due to the platoon’s effort to put an end to the escape attempts. The Danish Soren Kragh Andersen (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and the Swiss Mauro Schmid (Team Jayco AlUla) were caught 5.6 kilometers from the finish line. The Italian Alberto Bettiol (EF Education-EasyPost) also tried alone, but despite his great ability against the clock, he was neutralized just before the triangle of the last kilometer.

Thanks to the victory in the first stage, the short individual time trial in Vaduz, the Belgian Yves Lampaert continues to lead the overall standings, with 4 seconds over Ethan Hayter, despite his fall in this second stage, and 7 over João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates ). The third stage, this Tuesday, will start from Steinmaur and arrive at Rüschlikon after 161.7 kilometers, the last of them on hilly terrain.

2024-06-10 15:46:46
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