IAM Cycling draws a blank at the Tour of Switzerland

10 June 2013

IAM Cycling


In the third stage of the Tour of Switzerland between Montreux and Meiringen, which was won by Peter Sagan (Cannondale), the riders of the Swiss Pro Continental cycling team found themselves surprisingly on the ropes after Johann Tschopp’s promising ride to Crans-Montana the day before.

The rider from the Valais region lost 1’47” to the favorites, apparently paying a heavy price for the efforts demanded by the high speeds early in the stage and the rain that drenched the day.

“I’ve had a hard day today.  In addition to the rain I was hindered by a flat rear wheel on the climb.  Not only that, but I had a scare with my front wheel along the Lake Brienz.  The good feelings I had from yesterday were far away today.  My legs felt very heavy.  I am disappointed, but it is the nature of the sport, and I am still looking forward.  I still will have opportunities to make an impact on the race.”


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Marcel Wyss also was forced to relinquish his illusions regarding a high overall placing in the race, though he was just a stone’s throw from his home.

“I really was not feeling well during the entire stage.  I certainly still felt the impact of my crash during the time trial at Quinto.  My shoulder was sore and my right leg as well, not to mention some unfortunate digestive problems.  When I reached the last climb, I could no longer keep the pace.” 

For his part, Sébastien Reichenbach hung on well in spite of having difficulty early on.


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“I was peeled off quickly, but I managed to find a second wind, and returned to the group that included Johann.” 

Directeur Sportif Marcello Albasini recognized Reichenbach’s performance as one of the bright spots for the day.

“Considering this is his first participation in such a large national tour, we should note that Sébastien has put in a very good ride.  Each race we put him in he makes marked progress, and such good progress will only continue.”


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