The final day of racing at the Tour de Suisse saw the peloton faced with a short but sharp 100 kilometre long route, starting and finishing in the town of Ebnat-Kappel, and one that included roughly 1500 metres of climbing throughout the stage. It was a fast start to the day with several attacks before Eglantine Rayer managed to break clear in a group of ten that quickly built up their lead over the peloton, reaching a maximum of around three minutes.
However, heading onto the longest climb of the day the pace in the peloton increased and as a result the front group split up, with Rayer riding well above her young age, going clear with Van De Velde. The duo worked well together but they were soon joined by a strong attacking duo of Niewiadoma and Fisher-Black at 45 kilometres to go, who had jumped out from the chasing peloton. The gap to the ever reducing chasing peloton held steady at around two minutes as they made it onto the penultimate climb, where Rayer’s group split and the duo that had bridged across pushed on. Rayer rode steady at her own tempo alongside Van De Velde and they were joined by a charger Reusser who had attacked from the peloton behind.
Crossing the line with one lap to go they were 50 seconds in arrears of the leading duo, but held onto a one minute advantage over the reduced bunch. As the yellow jersey, Reusser shouldered most of the work and kept the pace up, increasing it even further as they hit the climb for the last time. Rayer dug deep but had to let go of the wheel, riding at her own tempo over the top and eventually she was caught by the chasers behind.
Fighting all the way to the finish, Rayer dug deep and sprinted to a brilliant fifth place after being out front in the breakaway all day; her first WorldTour level top ten finish, let alone top five. With the race in pieces behind, Rayer also moved up in the overall classification to secure a great tenth place on GC too.