After his success in Lachen, Mathieu Van der Poel followed suit in the 3rd stage in Pfaffnau. The Dutch champion also replaced Stefan Küng at the top of the overall standings.
After the second day, Küng had led Julian Alaphilippe by a second. Now the road world champion is one second behind Van de Poel. As in Lachen, the all-rounder has no intention of competing in the overall ranking in this Tour de Suisse: I won’t be able to keep up with the best climbers in the mountains. The passports in Switzerland are unknown territory for me. “
You can hardly imagine that Van der Poel would ever reach its limits. He challenged Alaphilippe in the second mountain prize of the day in Rütsch. Nevertheless, the ‘flying Dutchman’ won the sprint in Pfaffnau 400 before the finish: “This arrival really appealed to me. It was clear to me that I had to give everything. With a success, I wanted to thank my team-mates for their excellent preparatory work. ”Your help was needed when the fifth overall Ivan Garcia Cortina was able to pull out up to 16 seconds in the final phase.
As in Lachen, the professionals came up with an extremely exciting finale. This strong performance did not pay off for Claudio Imhof, Benjamin King, Rémy Rochas and Mathias Frank in the end, although they got up to 6 minutes ahead. Frank wanted to shine again on his last participation in the Tour de Suisse, especially since the 3rd stage he helped to create passed his parents’ house in Roggliswil.