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Wales’ Stephen Williams ‘over the moon’ to take his first WorldTour victory at stage one of the Tour de Suisse

Wales' Stephen Williams 'over the moon' to take his first WorldTour victory at stage one of the Tour de Suisse

Stephen Williams (Bahrain-Victorious) took his first WorldTour victory at stage one of the Tour de Suisse , storming up the outside line in a fast…

Monday, Jun 13

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Stephen Williams (Bahrain-Victorious) took his first WorldTour victory at stage one of the Tour de Suisse , storming up the outside line in a fast paced sprint against a host of general classification contenders.

The moment took time to sink in for the 26-year-old from Aberystwyth (Wales).

"I don’t think it’s sunk in yet, to be honest," he said, once he’d had time to collect his thoughts. "It’s been a strange few years – to come here and win a stage, I am over the moon."

"It’s my first big race back since Romandie, so it’s been a good month training," he added, saying: "I was unsure where my form was…but I knew I’d done the work before this. To win the first stage, in a group like that, is really special."

So far this year, at WorldTour level, Williams’ strongest result was 77th on stage one of the Tour of Romandie – making his achievement today all the more notable.

A seven strong break was allowed to escape early into the 177 kilometre race, starting and finishing in Küsnacht. Quinn Simmons (Trek-Segafredo) used every available opportunity to gain points in the King of the Mountains competition before the break was swept up with 6km left to race.

On the final climb, a gaggle of general classification contenders made themselves known, with a selection coming to the fore, including the likes of Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team), Jakob Fuglsang (Isreal Premier Tech) and Adam Yates (Ineos).Though Evenepoel looked to have a small gap with […]

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