Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) was given free reign to join the breakaway on stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse, staying in the front group over the two early hors categorie climbs before launching a late solo attack in the closing kilometres of the race, where he passed Michael Gogl (Trek-Segafredo) as they approached the flamme rouge and took the stage win.
The stage victory is the 23-year-old Dane’s first win at WorldTour level, and with Sunweb teammates Wilco Kelderman and Sam Oomen – who also holds the young leader’s jersey – second and third, respectively, the week could yet get better for the German-registered squad.
It was perhaps a surprise then, with teammates in such strong positions in the overall and a tough day in the mountains, that the Sunweb management gave Kragh Andersen the green light to join the day’s break.
“You can call it what you want, but for me it was a special day and I’m super happy for my win and to pay back my team that they gave me the chance [to get in the breakaway]. It’s a really nice feeling.” Kragh Andersen said in the post-stage press conference.
“We have two guys in the GC that are very strong at the moment, so it was nice that they let me go for the break.”
Gogl was the first to show his hand from the reduced break in the closing kilometres, but Kragh Andersen stayed calm and chose his moment to respond rather than jumping immediately onto Gogl’s wheel. It was a decision that ultimately paid off.
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