Let alone the nerves it would take, reaching 135 kph isn’t easy on the bike but the descent on Stage 5 provided some the rare opportunity to push their gut and equipment to the limit.
While Simplon Pass was still 100 km out from the line, Kévin Reza of FDJ posted a shot of his Garmin post race indicating that he had hit a max speed of 135.44 kph on the descent. His caption read, “In short, I was frightened.”
Reza was not alone in reaching insane speeds on the descent. Marcus Burghardt of Bora-Hansgrohe hit a max speed of 126 kph.
— Marcus Burghardt (@MBurghardt83) June 14, 2017
When the race sped into Cevio it was Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) who took the win ahead of Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott) and Matteo Trentin (QuickStep Floors).
The Tour de Suisse is not entirely foreign to riders hitting some pretty insane speeds. Last year, Ion Izaguirre reached a max speed of 112 kph on his time trial bike on the Stage 9 individual test against the clock. At least this time, the riders were on their road bikes as they navigated the high-speed descent.