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Roche solid as break finish 11 minutes up at Tour de Suisse

Posted 13 June 2012

Nicolas Roche had little to worry about on stage five of the Tour de Suisse where a seven-man break stayed away to decide the finish without threatening his fifth place in the GC.

The stage was won my Vladimir Isaychev  (Katusha) who also claimed the King of the Mountains jersey after bagging points on the six category three climbs that made up the 193 kilometre long stage from Olten/Trimbach to Gansigen.
Roche’s AG2R La Mondiale team continued its strategy of putting a man into the break with Sebastien Minard joining Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Cannondale), Salvatore Puccio (Sky), Klaas Lodewyck (BMC), Ruben Perez Moreno (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Karsten Kroon (Saxo Bank).
They started the first of two laps of the 40 kilometre finishing circuit with almost ten minutes in hand and stretched their advantage as the peloton grappled with another wet and windy day.
The Movistar team of race leader Rui Costa controlled the chase but showed few signs of panic in the knowledge that Puccio was the best placed rider in the break with a deficit of 13 minutes.
Lodewyck launched the first attack within the front group with 23 kilometres to go before being pulled back by Isaychev over the final climb of the day.
The front group continued to fight for the spoils on the run into the finish with the constant attacking helping them to tip the eleven minute mark before the finish.
Isaychev sealed the win with a powerful sprint which topped Moreno and Puccio.
The peloton was lead home by Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) with Roche placing 26. He remains just 21 seconds off Costa’s lead heading into stage six.
Thursday’s stage promises much of the same terrain with a category three climb to shake things up after 45.5 kilometres.
The riders face a 90 kilometre flat run before the first of four climbs which make up the closing 65 kilometres to the stage.
Tour de Suisse
Stage 6: Wittnau – Bischofszell, 199 kilometres
1.  Vladimir Isaychev (Rus) Katusha Team 4:58:28
2.  Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
3.  Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling
4.  Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank
5.  Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
6.  Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:05
7.  Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:01:50
8.  Elia Viviani (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:11:07
9.  Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
10. Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) Team Type 1 - Sanofi
26. Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Monidale at 11 minutes, 07 seconds
General classification after stage 5
1.  Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team 20:53:27
2.  Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:08
3.  Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana 0:00:15
4.  Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:19
5.  Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:21
6.  Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling
7.  Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:23
8.  John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:24
9.  Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:26
10. Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Barracuda
5. Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale at 21 seconds

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