Andreas Kron won the sixth stage of the Tour de Suisse on Friday after Rui Costa was penalized for
crossing the road in the final sprint.
Ecuadorian rider and leader of General Richard Carapaz finished calmly, 2
minutes and 49 seconds back, with an escort of Ineos Grenadier teammates to
keep the head of the general at the end of a stage negotiated by the leaders
comfortably despite two first-class climbs.
Kron, a 23-year-old Dane who rides for Lotto-Soudal, and Rui Costa, a
The 34-year-old Portuguese with UAE Team Emirates was part of a three-man squad
group of breakaways after a 130 km walk from Anderrmatt to Disentis Sedrun.
As the pair launched their sprints with just over 100m to go, Rui Costa cut
to his right, almost pushing Kron through the barriers.
After the young Dane went on the attack to the left, Rui Costa rolled
diagonally until the finish. By the time they crossed the line, Kron was almost
in the barriers on the right.
He crossed the line less than a bike length behind, showing the
Portuguese in apparent disbelief.
“We started the sprint on the right and we ended up on the left. That’s all I
can tell, “Kron said after the finish.
After watching a video replay, the race stewards gave their consent and awarded
Kron the victory.
Rui Costa, who won the Tour de Suisse three consecutive years from 2012 to 2014,
was deprived of his first stage victory since 2017 and only his second since
winning a stage in Switzerland in 2014.
The day started with slightly reduced terrain. Alpecin said he decided to retire his Dutch star Mathieu Van Der
Poel, winner of the second and third stages and briefly leader of the general standings,
because he suffered from a “mild cold”.
The Dutchman has a busy schedule as he switches between cyclo-cross
and road racing.
He plans to make his debut in the Tour de France, which ends on July 18 and
then return to mountain biking for the Olympic cyclo-cross on July 26 at
After an outbreak of gastroenteritis in the peloton, Lucas Hamilton, who
had been sixth in the general classification, retired.
The day was also animated by a morning breakaway from the French world champion
Julian Alaphilippe on the occasion of his 29th birthday. He was caught but retained fourth place overall.
Carapaz ahead of Danish Jakob Fuglsang of Astana by 26 seconds, with the German
Maximilian Schachmann at 38 seconds.