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Irish duo hold steady as Burghardt makes it two

Posted 18 June 2010

Nicolas Roche and Philip Deignan finished in the main bunch in stage seven of the Tour de Suisse won by Marcus Burghardt after he attacked from a 13 man breakaway sixty kilometres out from the finish in Wetzikon.

The win was the second for the German who previously claimed stage five in Frutigen with his performance sending a clear message to his BMC Racing team that he is ready for the Tour de France.

A succession of early attacks all came to nothing with the peloton remaining intact for almost sixty kilometres before the big move went away as the wet weather made conditions unpleasant.

Burghardt was joined in the break by teammate Mathias Frank, Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank), Maxim Iglinskiy (Astana), Mark Renshaw (HTC Columbia), Greg Van Avermaet (Omega Pharma Lotto), Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d’Epargne), Daniel Sesma (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Jürgen Van De Walle (Quickstep), Matthew Wilson (Garmin Transitions), Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky), Michal Golas (Vacansoleil)., Aliaksandr Kuschynski and Manuel Quinziato from Liquigas Doimo and Oscar Freire and Tom Leezer from Rabobank.

They opened a lead of 4:48 which dropped slightly to 3:07 over the top of the first category climb of Wildhaus with the main bunch showing no real appetite to bring them back to the fold.

The advantage was holding steady at 5:25 when Burghardt slipped off the front of the lead group ahead of the third category climb of the Hulftegg.

He made the most of the hesitation within the break to establish a lead of more than a minute before Sanchez took up the chase while Quinziato, Van Avermaet and Freire forced a split behind with Frank sitting on for company.

Burghardt reached the 21.5 kilometres finishing circuit with a lead of 1:24 on Sanchez who was only seconds ahead of the four pursuing behind. The remaining seven members of the original break slipped to over two minutes while the main peloton with race leader Robert Gesink (Raboback) were 7:09 back.

The time differences changed little over the final climb of the third category Bettswill with Burghardt putting in a superb ride to maintain the advantage all the way to the finish where Freire pipped Van Avermaet for third.

Roche and Deignan avoided the splits in the main bunch as it cut its deficit to five minutes over the closing kilometres with Deignan once more showing that his form is continuing to improve as the race progresses.

Roche remains 19th in GC at 3:51 behind Gesink while Deignan moved up seven places today to 114th where he lies 57:45 behind.

Result:

Stage 7: Savognin to Wetzikon, 204.1 kilometres

1. Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing) 4 hours, 52 minutes, 02 seconds
2.  Oscar Freire Gomez (Rabobank 0:01:01
3.  Greg Van Avermaet (Omega Pharma-Lotto)
4.  Manuel Quinziato (Liquigas-Doimo)
5.  Luis Leòn Sánchez Gil (Caisse d'Epargne) 0:01:08
6.  Mathias Frank (BMC Racing Team)
7.  Juan Antonio Flecha (Team Sky) at 0:03:24
8.  Matti Breschel (Saxo Bank) at 0:03:28
9.  Michal Golas (Vacansoleil)
10. Jurgen Van De Walle (Quick Step) all same time

62. Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale) at five minutes
100. Philip Deignan (Cervelo Test Team) same time

General classification after stage 7

1.  Robert Gesink (Rabobank ) 30 hours, 15 minutes, 59 seconds
2.  Rigoberto Uran (Caisse d'Epargne) at 0:00:29
3.  Steve Morabito (BMC Racing) at 0:00:36
4.  Fränk Schleck (Saxo Bank) at 0:00:38
5.  Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Katusha) at 0:00:42
6.  Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil) at 0:00:54
7.  Lance Armstrong (Radioshack) at 0:00:55
8.  Oliver Zaugg (Liquigas-Doimo) at 0:01:01
9.  Jakob Fuglsang (Saxo Bank) at 0:01:17
10.  Thomas Löfkvist (TeamSky) at 0:01:38

19. Nicolas Roche (AG2R La Mondiale) at 3 minutes, 51 seconds
114. Philip Deignan (Cervelo Test Team) at 57 minutes, 45 seconds

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