Ulissi wins Stage 5; Porte now leads at Tour de Suisse
14 Jun 18

Diego Ulissi wins Stage 5 of Tour de Suisse

Above: Diego Ulissi revels in his Stage 5 win at the Tour de Suisse. [Pic: Tour de Suisse]

DIEGO Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates) has narrowly claimed the win on Stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse, while Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) has taken the leader’s jersey from his teammate Stefan Küng.

After almost 150km of racing, a late attack from Mikel Landa (Movistar) in the final kilometres had Ulissi worried.

“After the attack from Landa I thought for a while that we wouldn’t be racing for the victory,” says Ulissi.

However, Landa fell short with just 200m to go, aiding Ulissi in his powerful sprint across the finish line.  

It was a sweet victory for the rider, who currently resides in Switzerland.

“For five years I’ve been living in Lugano [Switzerland] and furthermore, the Tour de Suisse holds a status as a big international race.”

Australia’s Richie Porte finished in eighth position in Stage 5, mere moments behind Ulissi.

Porte’s time pushed him into the yellow jersey – which had previously been held by BMC’s Sefan Küng – with a 20 second lead.

“It’s a nice reward for me,” says Porte, who is riding his Tour de Suisse debut.

“This is a well-respected event and of course I’m riding for a Swiss team too.”

For Ulissi, he’s simply hoping today’s win means he can maintain the time to place in the top-10.

“With a bit of luck, I’ll be ranked in the top-10,” he says.

“It’s not possible for me to battle for the overall victory… There are opponents who are faster than me on the climbs and when racing against the clock.”

Classifications at Stage 5

General Classification: Richie Porte (Australia, BMC Racing Team)

Points Classification: Peter Sagan (Slovakia, Bora-hansgrohe)

Mountain Classification: Romain Sicard (France, Direct Energie)

Youth Classification: Sam Oomen (Netherlands, Team Sunweb)

Stage Classification after Stage 5

  1. Diego Ulissi (Italy, UAE Team Emirates) 3:37:31
  2. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spain, Quick-Step Floors) MT
  3. Tom-Jelte Slagter (Netherlands, Team Dimension Data) MT
  4. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands, Team Sunweb) MT
  5. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands, Trek-Segafredo) MT
  6. Simon Spilak (Slovenia, Katusha Alpecin) MT
  7. Nairo Quintana Rojas (Colombia, Movistar) MT
  8. Richie Porte (Australia, BMC Racing Team) MT
  9. Sam Oomen (Netherlands, Team Sunweb) MT
  10. Bjorg Lambrecht (Belgium, Lotto Soudal) MT

General Classification after Stage 5

  1. Richie Porte (Australia, BMC Racing Team) 17:03:53
  2. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands, Team Sunweb) +0:20
  3. Sam Oomen (Netherlands, Team Sunweb) MT
  4. Enric Mas Nicolau (Spain, Quick-Step Floors) +0:21
  5. Jack Haig (Australia, Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:29
  6. Nairo Quintana Rojas (Colombia, Movistar) +0:33
  7. Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spain, Bahrain-Merida) +0:36
  8. Diego Ulissi (Italy, UAE Team Emirates) +0:40
  9. Simon Spilak (Slovenia, Katusha Alpecin) +0:46
  10. Mikel Landa Meana (Spain, Movistar) +0:47
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