Stage eight in the Tour de Suisse was one hundred kilometres long and went over eight local laps in and around Schaffhausen. It promised to be a very hectic race. Jelle Wallays attacked from the start of the race, together with Lasse Norman Hansen, Nick Van der Lijck and Jaco Venter. As it was a very short stage, the peloton never gave the leaders an advantage of more than two minutes. With twenty kilometres remaining, the peloton increased its pace and this caused the breakaway with Jelle Wallays to be caught at fourteen kilometres from the finish. Tomasz Marczynski and Tim Wellens tried to go solo in the final ten kilometres, but their attempts were unsuccessful. The peloton went for a bunch sprint, in which Peter Sagan was once again the fastest. Sacha Modolo and Matteo Trentin were second and third. Tomorrow, the Tour de Suisse ends with an individual time trial of 28.6 kilometres.

Jelle Wallays: “A couple of days ago, I was part of the breakaway as well, and today I started with the same intention. Today’s stage was very specific, as it was only 100 kilometres over eight local laps and without a neutralised section at the start. I decided to attack immediately from the start and I was joined by three strong riders. We gave everything we had and it seemed as if the peloton had difficulties in getting closer. But in the final laps, the sprint teams increased their pace a little more and that was the end for our breakaway.”

In the Ster ZLM Toer, the course stayed hilly until the very end. The stage between Verviers and La Gileppe started at a very high pace and the peloton was split into different groups. Hofland and Greipel were part of a first group of 42 riders that took a two-minutes advantage on a second part of the peloton. Every rider in the top ten was present in this group, which made that seven riders could escape to form a new breakaway. Behind the seven leaders, the large group came back together. With forty kilometres remaining, the breakaway was caught again, after the peloton increased its pace a couple of times. At that moment, there were only around 25 riders left in this peloton. José Gonçalves and Laurens De Plus saw their chance ready and escaped this group. Their advantage quickly grow to one minute. The chasing group tried their best, but they could not close the gap. In the final sprint, Gonçalves was faster than De Plus. Primoz Roglic came in third, 22 seconds behind them. Jasper De Buyst finished in a first chasing group in twelfth place and he moves up to the seventh spot in the GC, 34 seconds behind the new leader Gonçalves. Tomorrow, it’s the final stage in the Ster ZLM Toer.