June 15, 2016 – France’s Pierre-Roger Latour claimed the Tour of Switzerland lead after Wednesday’s testing fifth stage won by Darwin Atapuma. Latour, riding for AG2R, snatched the yellow jersey from Peter Sagan with a third-place finish behind BMC’s Colombian rider Atapuma and Warren Barguil (Giant).

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Latour, riding for AG2R, snatched the yellow jersey from Peter Sagan with a third-place finish behind BMC’s Colombian rider Atapuma and Warren Barguil (Giant). The 126km run from Brig-Glis to Cari was the first of three mountain stages and featured three tough climbs, two of which were hors category.

And it proved a testing time for Sagan, Slovakia’s 26-year-old world champion, who lost over 19 minutes to Latour, trailing in 70th. Latour, 22, crossed the line seven seconds behind Atapuma at the end of the second of two hors category climbs up to the ski station at Cari. Renowned climber Atapuma relished the mountainous terrain.

He made his ultimately successful bid for stage glory six kilometres from the end. In the overall standings Latour leads by a whisker from Lotto NL’s Dutch rider Wilco Kelderman. Sky’s Geraint Thomas is placed third, five seconds behind, with Barguil fourth, 16sec away.

“This jersey is unexpected,” said Latour.

“I came to the Tour of Switzerland without any real goals. To win a stage, to try to do something in the GC (general classification), to test myself for the future and now I find myself leader of a UCI WorldTour race. It’s hard to take on board.”

Thursday’s sixth stage is a 162.8km ride once again suiting the climbers in the peloton with the col du Klausen the day’s toughest ascent with another climb to the finish at Amden.

“There are still two big days in the mountains, and a time trial,” added Latour. “It’s going to be very tough, but we’ve got a great team and I’ll be fighting right to the end.”

Results Stage 5:
1. Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team 3:41:52
2. Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:04
3. Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:07
4. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:09
5. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
6. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:12
7. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
8. Rui Costa (Por) Lampre – Merida 0:00:16
9. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
10. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team

General Classification:
1. Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 18:04:54
2. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
3. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:05
4. Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:16
5. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:18
6. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:19
7. Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:27
8. Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:30
9. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:00:34
10. Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling