Team Sunweb‘s versatile sprinter Michael Matthews took the remaining honours, beating Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the bunch sprint to the line, finishing in second place.
Despite Team Sunweb’s second place on the opening stage team time trial and Matthews managing a subsequent fourth and sixth place finish on stage 2 and 3, respectively, the Australian had not been satisfied with his sprinting form but took confidence from stage 4’s result.
“After the last two stages, I wasn’t too happy with my sprints after an altitude camp,” Matthews said. “We took a bit of a gamble today in not riding because we haven’t done so well in the last two sprints.
“The climb wasn’t as hard as we expected. We were going 30kph the whole way up, so it wasn’t quite steep enough to make the difference. It took the edge off the sprinters, though, which gave me a chance to do a proper sprint – unfortunately it was for second but it’s good for the confidence.”
The 7km Saanenmöser climb outside of Gstaad was listed as a second category ascent in the road book, and it was this perhaps overstated category rating that saw the peloton misjudge the chase on the breakaway.
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