Daryl Impey wins the fourth stage of the Tour de Suisse
Daryl Impey wins the fourth stage of the Tour de Suisse with a strong finish. He took the stage ahead of Michael Matthews and Søren Kragh Andersen. There was no change in the General Classification but leader Stephen Williams briefly lost contact with the lead.
“This is a big win for me today,” Daryl Impey (Israel-Premier Tech) said of his Tour de Suisse Stage 4 victory. “A win is always special but winning here at 37 years old is fantastic. It gives me confidence to know I still have a chance against the young guns.” Second place went to another experienced cyclist, Michael Matthews (Team Bike Exchange). Alberto Bettiol, whose team EF Education Easypost led the peloton at a terrific tempo towards the finish, had to settle for fourth place. Leader Stephen Williams (Bahrain Victorious) had a close call. He briefly lost contact on the climb up the Sattel but managed to catch up again on the summit and keep the jersey.
Photos: Buchli Photography/Sam Buchli.
Mass group sprint with all the favourites
It took about 20 kilometres for a leading group to make a break. Matthew Holmes (Lotto Soudal), Markus Hoelgaard (Trek-Segafredo) and Jimmy Janssens (Alpecin-Fenix) rapidly built up a five-minute gap. But the peloton reacted quickly and steadily reduced the advantage. At the beginning of the last climb of the day, from Steinen to Sattel, it was all over for the breakaway. The favourites resisted attacking on the 8.5% gradient, three-kilometre long climb. Only Marc Hirschi and Sebastian Reichenbach tried to attack but were caught soon after. The Stage finished in a 70 strong bunch sprint with Daryl taking the honours.