Cycle races – like the Tour de Suisse – are strange. Spectators standing at the roadside just get a few seconds to marvel at the athletes racing by at 40 km/h or more. TV usually only broadcasts the final hour of a race. In contrast to these fleeting moments, the cyclists are in the saddle for more than four hours every day competing over 180 kilometer stages. Cyclists seem to perform for themselves rather than for an audience.
How different cycle races are from World Cup football where every move of every player can be seen from every angle in super slow-motion high-definition.
The 5th stage of the Tour de Suisse led from Ossingen to Bueren in Switzerland. The winner of the sprint finish was Sacha Modola (Lampre), Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) finished second and third, respectively. Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) went down in a crash at the final sharp right-turn. Not involved in the stage was Bradley Wiggins (Sky) who had abandoned the race after yesterday’s crash. The German Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) continues to lead the general classification after stage 5 by a margin of a few seconds to Tom Dumouline, Peter Sagan, and Bauke Mollema.