The Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) won this Saturday the seventh and penultimate stage of the Tour of Switzerland, 195 km in the mountains, between Ambri and Malbun (Liechtenstein), while the Colombian Sergio Higuita (Bora) took the lead in the race.
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Pinot, who won alone at the summit of Malbun (category port special), he achieved his second victory this season, after the one he achieved in the fifth stage of the Tour of the Alps at the end of April.
The Frenchman crossed the finish line ahead of the Spanish Oscar Rodríguez (Movistar) and Kazakh Alexey Lutsenko (Astana).
Higuita (Bora), fourth in the stage, snatched the leader's jersey from Dane Jakob Fuglsang (Israel-Premier Tech), seventh at the finish in Malbun. A group of fourteen escapees, including Pinot, formed at start of the stage and came to have almost eight minutes ahead of the peloton.
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Always in the lead before the ascent of Malbun, a special category pass (12.4 km at 8.4% on average), the group progressively fell apart, leaving only two men ahead at first, the Kazakh Alexey Lutsenko (Astana ) and the Spanish Ion Izaguirre (Cofidis), pursued by Thibaut Pinot.
The Frenchman finally caught up with the two escapees to later drop them and launch himself towards the stage victory. The 85th edition of the Tour of Switzerland, disturbed by withdrawals of cyclists who tested positive for covid, ends on Sunday with a 25.6 km time trial in Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein.
Geraint Thomas is second overall, 2 seconds behind. Jakob Fuglsang, third, at 19 seconds. Daniel Martínez is 13th, at 3:16.
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