Our rider sits just outside the top 10 overall with four days to go.
A charming resort on Lake Lucerne, Brunnen was visited Wednesday by the Tour de Suisse peloton for the first time in more than five decades. The previous time it featured in the race, back in 1968, Spain’s Aurelio Gonzales took the victory from the breakaway more than four minutes ahead of the chasers.
A breakaway was in the spotlight also now, but only until with 20 kilometers to go, when the chasers reabsorbed it as they prepared to tackle the second-category climb Sattel (3.8km, 7.6%). Despite the numerous attacks from those hoping to avoid a bunch finish, it all came back together on the descent, and Daryl Impey (Israel-PremierTech) prevailed.
Remco Evenepoel enjoyed a quiet day, protected by his Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl teammates, and concluded the race in the same time as the winner. The Belgian, a debutant at the Tour de Suisse, finds himself just ten seconds from the overall lead going into the hard stage 5, which features a hard circuit around Novazzano and punchy uphill finish.
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