Tour de Suisse 2014 Results: Stage-by-Stage Standings and Updated Schedule

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2014

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - MAY 18:  Mark Cavendish (R) of Great Britain riding for the Omega Pharma-Quickstep Cycling Team celebrates his victory over John Degenkolb (L) of Germany riding for Team Giant-Shimano in second place and Peter Sagan (C) of Slovakia riding for the Cannondale Pro Cycling Team in third place in stage eight of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California on May 18, 2014 in Thousand Oaks, California.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Lampre-Merida’s Rui Costa won the ninth and final stage of the Tour de Suisse on Sunday to take the overall title for the third consecutive time.

The world champion went into the final day over a minute behind yellow jersey holder Tony Martin, but he produced a stunning ride to overhaul him at the top of the leaderboard to secure the victory, as seen below:

Tour de Suisse Stage 9 Results
1Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida4:13:14
2 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin+14 secs
3Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling+24
4Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC+47
5Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-SaxoSame Time
6Andre Cardoso (Por) Garmin-Sharp+1:2
7Jeremy Roy (Fra) FDJ+1:41
8Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling+1:48
9Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Shimano+2:18
10Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-SaxoST
Sky Sports
Tour de Suisse General Classification Final Leaderboard
1 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida33:08:35
2Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling+33 secs
3Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin+50
4Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step+1:13
5Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Shimano+2:04
6Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC+2:47
7Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale+3:00
8Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo+3:03
9Janier Acevedo (Col) Garmin-Sharp+3:20
10Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar+3:46
Sky Sports

Though Costa hasn’t won a title since being crowned world champion back in September, his consistent form in the Tour de Suisse kept him in contention for the win, which he proceeded to claim in style.

Bauke Mollema crossed the line second, 14 seconds back of Costa, before Mathias Frank finished a further 10 seconds back, and the trio made up the top three of the general classification as a result.

The three riders sat behind Martin for the opening exchanges of the stage, but with 50 kilometres to go, they made their move for victory.

Approaching the Eischoll climb, Costa, Mollema and Frank went on the attack to break from the original pack and leave Martin isolated in the peloton.

Peter Dejong/Associated Press

The way that Martin’s group were riding meant that he was never going to have enough to catch the leading three riders despite a few surges, making it a dramatic push for the finish between the three.

Though Mollema and Frank made good attacks to push clear of Costa, the Portuguese star kept the pace with them and launched a decisive attack of his own with just a few kilometres remaining to cross the line alone.

The solo victory visibly meant the world to Costa, who took to Twitter to voice his joy following the race:

Such form will give Costa heaps of confidence heading into the Tour de France in July, where he says he's targeting a top-10 finish, per Eurosport Portugal, via Cycling News:

“One day, I have to assume the role of leader and test my limits in a three-week race. The objective is to be in the top 10, see how my body works and see if I’m cut out for a race of 21 days like the Tour.”

Based on his Tour de Suisse form, though, he’s more than cut out to do some damage during the 22-day race.

The timings of his attacks in Switzerland over the nine stages have been flawless, as they seem to be every year from the talented 27-year-old.

Though his psychological and physical ability will determine whether or not he can reign supreme in France come July 27, the Tour de Suisse’s evidence suggests that he’s more than ready.


Stage 8 Recap

Esteban Chavez won Stage 8 of the 2014 Tour de Suisse in emphatic fashion, using a late jump to get away from Roman Kreutziger and Bauke Mollema. The Colombian timed his jump perfectly, with Mollema running out of time to counter Chavez's attack.

2014 Tour de Suisse Stage 8 Results
1Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEdge5:11:16
2Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:03
3Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
4Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team0:00:16
5Javier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp0:00:17
6Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky
7Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
8Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale
9Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida
10Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling10

Sky Sports Cycling had the final results:

Rui Costa failed to separate himself from the Tour de Suisse's general classification leader Tony Martin, and riders will have everything to fight for during Sunday's final stage.

The pack of riders kept the pace incredibly high during the day on their way to Verbier, the most challenging climb riders have faced so far in Switzerland. Lampre-Merida did everything possible to give Costa the perfect platform to attack Martin, who had often failed to impress in mountainous terrain in the past.

Laurent Cipriani/Associated Press

Andy Schleck was the first big name to give into the frantic pace, but Mollema and Martin held firm, staying as close to Costa as possible. The Portuguese specialist was countered by Mollema with just a mile to go, but the Dutchman in turn failed to react to Chavez's perfectly timed jump.

Kreuziger and Mollema eventually separated themselves from the rest of the riders, but it was too late to catch up to the Colombian who recorded arguably the greatest win of his career.

2014 Tour de Suisse Leaderboard
1Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team28:54:16
2Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:51
3Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida0:01:05
4Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling0:01:14
5Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:01:41
6Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale0:01:47
7Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:50
8Javier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp0:02:07
9Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team0:02:29
10Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:02:30
1Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team28:54:16
2Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:51

Many expected time-trial specialist Martin to give up his lead on Saturday, but the OPQS rider survived everything the duo of Costa and Mollema threw at him, despite limited support from his teammates. Merida Pro Racing was impressed:

Two-time champion Costa will have a lot of ground to make up on Sunday, with the riders facing their toughest challenge yet. The road will be littered with steep climbs, and event-organisers have saved the best for last—an uphill finish on the slopes of Saas-Fee.

Martin will need better protection from his teammates to have any chance of winning, but with a comfortable 51-second lead over Tom Dumoulin, all the German will have to do is limit the damage on the Tour de Suisse's final day.


Stage 7 Recap

Favourite Tony Martin confirmed his excellent form heading into the 2014 Tour de France on Friday, winning Stage 7 of the Tour de Suisse to strengthen his position at the top of the leaderboard.

2014 Tour de Suisse Stage 7 Results
1Tony MartinOPQS31:37
2Tom DumoulinGiant-Shimano+22
3Rui CostaLampre-Merida+28
4Fabian CancellaraTrek Factory+41
5Mathias FrankIAM Cycling+45
6Lawson CraddockGiant-Shimano+59
7Stef ClementBelkin+1:02
8Ion Izagirre InsaustiMovistar+1:06
9Thibaut PinotFDJ+1:13
10Mattia CattaneoLampre-Merida+1:16

The German is a time-trial specialist and wasn't bothered by the slight hill event organisers had incorporated into the course, as shared by OPQS Cycling Team:

Unsurprisingly, Fabian Cancellara was the first rider to put in a really strong time, finishing his stage well ahead of the pack in a time of 32:18.

The specialist has mainly focused on the big Classic races in the early part of the season in recent years, but in front of a home crowd, he showed his form is still intact, as shared by Trek Factory Racing:

Two-time winner Rui Costa will be looking forward to the two final stages of the 2014 Tour de Suisse, featuring the kind of steep climbs that suit his strengths perfectly. That didn't stop him from starting the time trial on fire, however, per Lampre-Merida's official Twitter account:

The pint-sized Portuguese would clock in 13 seconds faster than Cancellara, and Costa looks like a safe bet to dominate on Saturday and Sunday given his spectacular form.

Martin was the overwhelming favourite for this stage, and he didn't disappoint early, going even faster than Costa in the first sector, per OPQS cycling Team:

The German freight train kept up the frantic pace and finished with a 22-second lead over Tom Dumoulin, who had snuck into the top five while Martin was still on the road.

Martin's lead over Dumoulin, his closest competitor for the overall win, is now 28 seconds heading into the final two stages, both featuring a number of steep mountains and both ending with an uphill finish.

2014 Tour de Suisse Leaderboard
1Tony Martin (Ger)Omega Pharma-QuickStep23:42:43
2Tom Dumoulin (Ned)Giant-Shimano+28
3Rui CostaLampre-Merida+1:05
4Mathias FrankIAM Cycling+1:14
5Ion Izagirre InsaustiMovistar+1:33
6Peter SaganCannondale+1:36
7Lawson CraddockFDJ+1:42
8Mattia CattaneoBelkin+1:47
9Davide FormoloBelkin+1:48
10Thibaut PinotTinkoff-Saxo+1:55

The German isn't an accomplished climber, and while the work of his OPQS teammates has been phenomenal up until this point, it is unlikely they'll be able to limit the damage in the final stages.

Costa remains the favourite to make it three wins in a row, but he'll have to see off the dangerous Bouke Mollema, who has positioned himself well in the overall classification.

It looks like fans will get a repeat of last year's sensational battle between the two rivals when the Tour de Suisse finally enters mountainous terrain on Saturday.


Stage 6 Recap

LYON, FRANCE - JULY 13:  Matteo Trentin of Italy and Omega Pharma-Quickstep celebrates winning stage fourteen of the 2013 Tour de France, a 191KM road stage from Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule to Lyon, on July 13, 2013 in Lyon, France.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/G
Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Italian Matteo Trentin won a sprint finish on Stage 6 of the 2014 Tour de Suisse in Delemont on Thursday, led out by Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team-mate Tony Martin who retained the overall lead.

2014 Tour de Suisse Stage 6 Results
1Matteo TrentinOmega Pharma – Quick-Step4:43:19
2Daniele BennatiTinkoff-Saxosame time
3Francesco GavazziAstanast
4Ben SwiftTeam Skyst
5Peter SaganCannondalest
6Sacha ModoloLampre-Meridast
7Jose Joaquin RojasMovistarst
8Silvan DillierBMCst
9Sergio HenaoTeam Skyst
10Tosh van der SandeLotto Belisolst
Sky Sports

The 183 kilometre stage from Buren a Aaare included several climbs and a final descent before a flat, sprint finish.

Martin hit the front with a kilometre to go—Trentin in toe—and when the overall leader reeled off not far from the finish, the Italian managed to burst to victory, pushing Daniele Bennati and Francesco Gavazzi into second and third place respectively.

Team Sky's Ben Swift finished in fourth place just ahead of Cannondale's Peter Sagan who had shown some real quality and power as he attacked on the climbs and then again in the descent.

Peloton magazine provides an image of the extraordinary position Sagan took to increase his speed on the descent:

Trentin becomes the sixth different stage-winner of this year's Tour de Suisse and Martin maintains his lead having won the opening time-trial and stayed there or thereabouts in the subsequent stages.

Mark Cavendish seems to have recovered from a huge crash in Stage 5 and was positive about his physical state, per the BBC's Matt Slater:

Good news ahead of the Tour de France which begins next month and in which the Manx Missile will hope to continue his good sprinting form this season.

2014 Tour de Suisse Leaderboard
1Tony Martin (Ger)Omega Pharma-QuickStep23:11:06
2Tom Dumoulin (Ned)Giant-Shimano+6secs
3Peter Sagan (Svk)Cannondale+10
4Bauke Mollema (Ned)Belkin+17
5Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned)Garmin-Sharp+23
6Davide Formolo (Ita)Cannondale+27
7Jon Izaguirre (Spa)Movistarsame time
8Roman Kreuziger (Cze)Tinkoff-Saxo+28
9Mathias Frank (Swi)IAM Cycling+29
10Mattia Cattaneo (Ita)Lampre-Meridast
Sky Sports

Next up in the Tour de Suisse is the Stage 7 individual time-trial in which Martin is likely to increase his lead, but with the final two stages featuring mountain finishes, the leader is likely to change as the race comes to an end.   


Stage 5 Recap

Mark Cavendish fell victim to a massive crash during the last mile, and Italian Sacha Modolo beat those still standing to win Stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de Suisse


2014 Tour de Suisse Stage 5 Results
1Sacha ModoloLampre-Merida4:06:06
2Peter SaganCannondaleAll Same Time
3John DegenkolbGiant-ShimanoAll Same Time
4Alexander FristoffKatushaAll Same Time
5Jose Joaquin RojasMovistarAll Same Time
6Danny van PopelTrek FactoryAll Same Time
7Jonas Van GenechtenLotto BelisolAll Same Time
8Heinrich HausslerIAM CyclingAll Same Time
9Nino SchurterOrica GreenEdgeAll Same Time
10Jacopo GuarnieriAstanaAll Same Time

Cavendish had been the in-form sprinter in this year's Tour de Suisse, but team manager Patrick Lefevere was critical of the way the 2014 course had been laid out, stating the finishes were "irresponsible" just a few hours before his rider hit the asphalt:

The images of the last few miles show just how chaotic the mass sprint was:

Cavendish eventually got back up his bike and finished the race, a good sign with the 2014 Tour de France coming up in just a few weeks.

Wednesday's stage was fairly straight-forward and a mass-sprint was expected, but the peloton was rocked by some big news before the stage even began. Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins decided to pull out of the 2014 Tour de Suisse following his crash on Tuesday, and it now looks unlikely the former winner will be starting in the Tour de France.

Via the team's website, Wiggins explained his decision:

I’ve got quite a lot of swelling on the left-hand side of my right knee. It’s one of those things, I’ve been pretty fortunate this year with crashes. I probably could have started today but it’s best to play it safe and come home now. I really want to try to be ready for the Nationals next Thursday so I didn’t want to jeopardise that for the sake of pushing on and potentially doing more damage.

Friday’s time trial had been my main goal for the Tour de Suisse, but I’d never have been 100% for it. I’ve also been struggling with a chest infection this week, which affected my ride on stage one, and that put me back a bit so I wouldn’t have been able to perform at my best there anyway.

As expected, the peloton gave an early group of riders a large cushion before speeding up in the final hour of the race. Giant-Shimano led the charge and they were aided by Omega-Pharma  Quick-Step, looking to get Cavendish in position.

The sprint was very chaotic, however, and with the finish line in sight, a large portion of the pack went down, completely disrupting the finish. Peter Sagan was one of the few top riders who remained upright, and his second-placed finish sees him edge closer to Tony Martin in the general classification.

2014 Tour de Suisse Leaderboard
1Tony Martin (Ger)Omega Pharma-QuickStep18:27:47
2Tom Dumoulin (Ned)Giant-Shimano+6 secs
3Peter Sagan (Svk)Cannondale+10
4Bauke Mollema (Ned)Belkin+17
5Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned)Garmin-Sharp+23
6Davide Formolo (Ita)Cannondale+27
7Jon Izaguirre (Spa)Movistarsame time
8Roman Kreuziger (Cze)Tinkoff-Saxo+28
9Mathias Frank (Swi)IAM Cycling+29
10Mattia Cattaneo (Ita)Lampre-Meridast

It might not matter, however, with the mountainous stages just around the corner. This year's final time-trial stage isn't particularly challenging and could give Martin a chance to keep his lead intact, but the two final stages feature brutal climbs the German simply is't built to cope with.

Rui Costa remains the favourite for the overall classification, and he has shown little to suggest some of the outsiders could make a run at the 2014 Tour de Suisse crown.


Stage 4 Recap

Mark Cavendish took Stage 4 of the Tour de Suisse in Ossingen, winning a sprint finish, while race-leader Tony Martin retained his position at the head of the general classification after finishing toward the front of the peloton. 

Movistar's Juan Jose Lobato finished in second place on Tuesday, while Peter Sagan kept in the mix having won Monday's stage by finishing third. 

A bunch finish was set up after a break from the start by Wanty-Groupe Gobert's Laurens De Vreese, and Daniel Teklehaimanot of MTN Qhubeka was eventually reeled in with 10 kilometers remaining.

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - MAY 18:  Luke Rowe of Great Britain riding for Team Sky drives the peloton as they defend the overall race leader's yellow jersey for Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain riding for Team Sky during stage eight of the 2014 Amgen Tour of
Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Cavendish's Omega Pharma-QuickStep team worked hard for him in the closing stages, with Martin involved as they attempted to give the Manx Missile the win, and they succeeded.   

It is the 29-year-old's ninth stage win of the season and proves he is in good shape ahead of next month's Tour de France. He went for the win from 200 meters out and looked comfortable crossing the line.

Compatriot Bradley Wiggins fell victim to a nasty crash at the beginning of the closing 25-kilometer circuit of the stage in which he injured his leg, per Team Sky:

The former Tour de France winner and multiple Olympic medallist came home over 10 minutes back. 

Other than that fall from Wiggins, the stage was largely uneventful in terms of major incident as the riders covered the 160-kilometer route from Heiden. 

Cavendish seemed happy with the win, although he admitted to a slightly chaotic finish, per Sky Sports:

It wasn't so easy with a headwind finish. It was chaotic in the peloton with a lot of teams trying to get it right. My team worked 100 percent and Mark Renshaw moved me around the peloton before putting my into position.

With the wind, and it being slightly uphill, you had to time your sprint perfectly and I knew you had to go between 200-150 meters. I waited even when the others jumped and managed to pass them, so I was happy with that.

Cavendish joins Cameron Meyer, Sagan and Martin with a stage win in this year's Tour de Suisse, and Wednesday sees the halfway stage reached of the nine-stage race. 

Tour De Suisse 2014: Schedule
June 18Stage 5Ossingen – Buren A.D. Aare183.6km
June 19Stage 6Buren A.D. Aare – Delemont192.8km
June 20Stage 7Worb – Worb (ITT)24.5km
June 21Stage 8Delémont – Verbier219.1km
June 22Stage 9Martigny – Saas-Fee156.7km

Here are the updated general classification standings as well as the results of Stage 4 and the previous three stages of this year's event:

Tour De Suisse 2014: GC after Stage 4
1Tony Martin (Ger)Omega Pharma-QuickStep10:44:33
2Tom Dumoulin (Ned)Giant-Shimano+6 secs
3Peter Sagan (Svk)Cannondale+10
4Bauke Mollema (Ned)Belkin+17
5Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned)Garmin-Sharp+23
6Davide Formolo (Ita)Cannondale+27
7Jon Izaguirre (Spa)Movistarsame time
8Roman Kreuziger (Cze)Tinkoff-Saxo+28
9Mathias Frank (Swi)IAM Cycling+29
10Mattia Cattaneo (Ita)Lampre-Meridast
Sky Sports
Tour De Suisse 2014: Stage-by-Stage Standings
Stage 41 Mark Cavendish (IOM)3:35:03
2 Juan José Lobato (ESP)same time
3 Peter Sagan (SVK)st
4 Sacha Modolo (ITA)st
5 Alexander Kristoff (NOR)st
6 Danny van Poppel (NED)st
7 Jonas Van Genechtenst
8 Davide Appollonio (ITA)st
9 José Joaquín Rojas (ESP)st
10 Matthew Goss (AUS)st
Stage 31 Peter Sagan (Svk)5:22:09
2 Michael Albasini (Swi)same time
3 Sergio Henao (Col)st
4 Bauke Mollema (Ned)st
5 Cadel Evans (Aus)st
6 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa)st
7 Rui Costa (Por)st
8 Thibaut Pinot (Fra)st
9 Mathias Frank (Swi)st
10 Roman Kreuziger (Cze)st
Stage 21 Cameron Meyer (Aus)5:08:18
2 Philip Deignan (Ire)same time
3 Larry Warbasse (USA)st
4 Peter Sagan (Svk)+14 secs
5 Ben Swift (GB)st
6 Silvan Dillier (Swi)st
7 Koen de Kort (Ned)st
8 Nino Schurter (Swi)st
9 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita)st
10 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus)st
Stage 1 (ITT)1 Tony Martin (Ger)13:48
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned)+6 secs
3 Rohan Dennis (Aus)+ 13
4 Fabian Cancellara (Swi)+16
5 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita)+19
6 Peter Sagan (Svk)same time
7 Bauke Mollema (Ned)+22
8 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned)+23
9 Ion Izagirre (Spa)+27
10 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita)+29
Sky Sports


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