BUOCHS, Switzerland, June 11, 2013 (AFP) – Frenchman Arnaud Demare of FDJ
was the surprise winner of the fourth stage of the Tour of Switzerland on
Home hope Mathias Frank kept hold of the leader’s yellow jersey after
finishing the 161km stage from Innertkirchen to Buochs safely in the peloton.
Sprint favourites Peter Sagan, the winner of Monday’s third stage, and Tom
Boonen were boxed in on a 90-degree bend 200-metres from the end and Demare
surged through to take the victory from Australia’s Matthew Goss with American
Tyler Farrar in third.
“The whole team did great work for me even though it wasn’t easy all day
long with this hilly route,” said the winner.
“In the last 25km I told myself I needed to recoup (energy) ahead of the
sprint, knowing that there was great competition.
“I really am very happy to have succeeded against such good sprinters.”
A three-man breakaway early in the day had got close to surviving right to
the end of the lumpy stage that was made for a sprint finish, but the final
escapee, veteran German break specialist Jens Voigt was caught inside the
He had gone it alone after his companions Olivier Kaisen and Robert Vrecer
fell by the wayside as their maximum lead of just over 4min proved
Sagan’s Cannondale team and Boonen’s Omega Pharma-QuickStep outfit led the
chase towards the end of stage, ensuring the escapees were reeled in and
trying to set up their punchy finishers.
However, no-one managed to control the run-in to the finish and the
90-degree bend 200m from home helped cause chaos that saw both Sagan and
Boonen lose valuable yards as they were squeezed off the racing line and
forced to slow down.
Demare timed his burst perfectly and took the bend at speed, acting as a
slingshot into the final straight.
He had understood that the first man into the corner would be at a
significant advantage and he charged down the inside line and emerged into the
final straight with daylight between himself and the chasers.
Goss had the faster finish and ate into the gap but just ran out of tarmac
before he could overhaul the Frenchman.
With the favourites and leaders all coming home safely in the bunch, Frank
leads Roman Kreuziger by 23sec overall with last year’s winner Rui Da Costa
third at 35sec.
Results from the fourth stage of
the Tour of Switzerland over 161km from Innertkirchen to Buochs on Tuesday:
1. Arnaud Demare (FRA/FDJ) 4h08:23, 2. Matthew Goss (AUS/ORI) same time, 3.
Tyler Farrar (USA/GRM) s.t., 4. John Degenkolb (GER/ARG) s.t., 5. Alexander
Kristoff (NOR/KAT) s.t., 6. Heinrich Haussler (AUS/IAM) s.t., 7. Peter Sagan
(SVK/CAN) s.t., 8. Jens Debusschere (BEL/LTB) s.t., 9. Davide Cimolai
(ITA/LAM) s.t., 10. Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA/AST) s.t.
23. Mathias Frank (SUI/BMC) s.t., 27. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) s.t.,
30. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/SAX) s.t., 44. Rui Da Costa (POR/MOV) s.t., 54.
Michele Scarponi (ITA/LAM) s.t., 101. Andy Schleck (LUX/RSH) s.t.,