Mathieu van der Poel wins stage 3 of the Tour de Suisse.

Mathieu van der Poel wins again at the Tour de Suisse

Mathieu van der Poel takes over the race lead at the Tour de Suisse after another impressive stage victory.

by Dane Cash

photography by Cor Vos


Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) powered to his second win in as many days at the Tour de Suisse on Tuesday, nabbing stage 3 in Pfaffnau.

The 182.1 km stage from Lachen came down to a reduced sprint after late attacker Iván García Cortina (Movistar) was caught inside the final kilometer. Mauri Vansevenant led into the last few hundred meters for his Deceuninck-QuickStep teammate Julian Alaphilippe, but van der Poel exploded past with 250 meters to go. He immediately opened a sizable gap to the rest of the field and held on to take another convincing victory, his second win of the race and his sixth of the season.

Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) sprinted to runner-up honors on the day with Alaphilippe taking third. Van der Poel’s stage victory also propelled him to the top of the GC standings, where he now leads Alaphilippe by one second.

Tour de Suisse (2.UWT) Lachen → Pfaffnau

VAN DER POEL Mathieu
1
VAN DER POEL Mathieu Alpecin-Fenix
2
LAPORTE Christophe Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
3
ALAPHILIPPE Julian Deceuninck - Quick Step
4
MATTHEWS Michael Team BikeExchange
5
SCHACHMANN Maximilian BORA - hansgrohe
6
KAMP Alexander Trek - Segafredo
7
BENOOT Tiesj Team DSM
8
FRAILE Omar Astana - Premier Tech
9
TURGIS Anthony Team Total Direct Energie
10
WOODS Michael Israel Start-Up Nation

VAN DER POEL Mathieu

VAN DER POEL Mathieu

ZUKOWSKY Nickolas

POWLESS Neilson

Deceuninck - Quick Step

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