Stefan Küng finished safely in the peloton for the second consecutive stage at the Tour de Suisse, retaining the yellow jersey he took after crossing the line ahead of BMC Racing teammates in the opening day team time trial.
Stage 3 suited the one-day specialists and sprinters and they duly delivered. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) took the honours on the stage, confirming his liking for the rain, while Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) lit up the finale and thinned the bunch dramatically with an attack on the final ascent of the Hagenfirst climb.
The versatile Küng chaperoned team leader Richie Porte, relishing the challenging racing on roads less than 100 kilometres from his birth town.
“It was an interesting finale actually, I liked it more than just a pure sprint. Today was like a mini Classics stage that made the race interesting,” Küng explained.
“Peter Sagan tried on the last climb but everyone was ready and it came down to a group like yesterday with a small bunch sprint.
“I’ve been following the Tour de Suisse since a little kid on the side of the road. Last year I experienced it for the first time as a professional. Wearing the yellow jersey at home really makes me proud, I’m getting used to it, it’s a pleasure.”
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