Tour de Suisse: Skjelmose wins first mountain finish and rides in yellow

Status: 06/13/2023 5:46 p.m

The Danish professional cyclist Mattias Skjelmose has won the third stage of the Tour de Suisse and thus taken over the yellow jersey.

The 22-year-old from the Trek-Segafredo team reached the top after 2,700 meters in altitude over two mountains of the first category on the shortest section of the entire tour from Tafers to Villars-sur-Ollon (143.8 km) just ahead of the Austrian Felix Gall ( AG2R Citroën).

Evenepoel is second in the overall classification

World Champion Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step), who wants to regain his competitive strength at the Tour of Switzerland after his Giro end last month due to a corona infection and want to defend his title at the Road World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, in August, designed the race from the front, but had to be torn off shortly before the finish and rolled over the line in fourth (+0:21 minutes). However, the Belgian took second place overall, 17 seconds behind Skjelmose.

Chessman in 24th place

The Swiss Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ), who was in the overall lead after the first two stages, couldn’t keep up and ended up being more than three minutes behind. The best German was Maximilian Schachmann (Bora hansgrohe) in 24th place (+1:50).

Next mountain arrival is pending

The next mountain finish is already on Wednesday (06/14/2023). The fourth stage takes the riders over 152.5 kilometers from Monthey to Leukerbad. The first 80 kilometers are flat, in the second part you have to climb two mountains of the first category.