After coming into the week in good shape and solid results in the opening time trial, Team DSM confirmed their good start to the Tour de Suisse on Monday as the team led out Pavel Bittner to his first top five finish at WorldTour level. After a hilly day, the stage finished in a bunch sprint in Nottwil, where the young rider from the Czech Republic powered to a nice fourth place.
It didn’t take long before a two-man breakaway went up the road in the hilly beginning on the stage. Things calmed down in the peloton, with our guys always riding well-organised in the front of the peloton to not be surprised or caught up behind the facts. This turned out to be important when a big crash caused some chaos in the last 40 kilometres and almost the whole team could escape. Shortly after this, the pace in the bunch picked up, as the race approached the final categorised climb. The team kept his position in front and saved some important energy for the run-in to the line. With three kilometres to go, they fought their way to the front and were brought into the final kilometre by Romain Bardet. Marius Mayrhofer then dropped Bittner in a perfect position, who showed his speed and finished fourth, his best result as a professional.