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Kelderman fourth in penultimate stage Tour de Suisse

Kelderman fourth in penultimate stage Tour de Suisse

Wilco Kelderman finished fourth in the penultimate stage of the Tour de Suisse. On top of Villars-sur-Ollon, the 33-year-old Dutchman finished 16 seconds behind stage winner Adam Yates. Along the way, Johannes Staune-Mittet also showed himself with a solo attack.

On day seven of the Tour of Switzerland, the start and finish was in ski resort Villars-sur-Ollon. In the short stage of 118 kilometres, the peloton had to ride four categorised climbs.

Staune-Mittet was part of the eight-man breakaway, which was never given much breathing space by the peloton. At 60 kilometres from the finish line, the 22-year-old homegrown rider of Team Visma | Lease a Bike left his fellow escapees behind. The Norwegian's solo attempt stranded four kilometres from the finish. Afterwards, he was rewarded with the combativity award.

"It was a good challenge to give it a try"

Johannes Staune-Mittet

"It was a nice day at the front of the race," said Staune-Mittet, who is in his first season with the Dutch team's WorldTour formation. "I was a bit surprised that nobody followed me when I attacked. I had to go deep on the first climb to Villars-sur-Ollon, but I recovered well.  On the Col de la Croix, the legs felt good. It was a good challenge to give it a try."

On the final climb, the pace was kept high by Ineos Grenadiers. Both Kelderman and Ben Tulett managed to follow well. Cian Uijtdebroeks had a lesser day and had to let go of the group earlier. With the closing kilometres in sight, Yates and Joao Almeida, the numbers one and two in the classification, placed the decisive attack. Shortly behind, Kelderman battled his way to fourth place. The Team Visma | Lease a Bike rider jumped to tenth place in the general classification, the day before the final mountain time trial.

"After my crash in stage four the muscles were a bit hit, but yesterday I already felt improvement"

Wilco Kelderman

"It was a tough day, but the feeling was very good," Kelderman reflected. "This Tour de Suisse has already been tough so far. After my crash in stage four the muscles were a bit hit, but yesterday I already felt improvement. During today's stage it went a lot better again. I am satisfied that I was able to get a nice result. I can definitely be satisfied with fourth place."

Sports director Marc Reef also saw a good performance from his riders. "Johannes rode a very strong stage. Once he got into the lead alone, he steadily built up his advantage to one and a half minutes. It was a difficult task, but he fought well. In the peloton, Ben and Attila Valter did a good job to keep Wilco in position. Wilco had to let the three best riders go at the end, but he showed good things today. In tomorrow's time trial there might be a chance to move up another place in the classification."

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