Zukowsky seizes KOM jersey at Tour de Suisse

Nick Zukowsky took the lead in the King of the Mountains Classification after a stellar breakaway effort on Stage 2 of Tour de Suisse, that linked Beromünster to Nottwil over 173.7 km.

12 June 2022

The 25-year-old Canadian attacked from the gun and was joined by local hero Michael Schär. The duo worked diligently, opening a gap of nearly five minutes with Zukowsky opening his bid to claim the Q36.5 Mountains Classification jersey by taking maximum points on the first KOM of the day in Chommle.

In his first WorldTour stage race of the season Zukowsky rode strongly at the front and capitalised on the two remaining KOMs before being reeled in by the chasing peloton with 20 km to go.

With his first objective for the day completed Zukowsky turned his focus to protecting his teammate Damien Howson who had to chase back to the peloton after a collective crash with 30 km to the finish. The incident affected over 10 riders, amongst them Mark Donovan and Gianluca Brambilla, the latter was sadly forced to abandon due to his injuries. 

The stages honours went to Biniam Grmay, while Zukowsky finished safely in the bunch, thereby securing the lead in the Q36.5 King of the Mountains Classification with a total of nine points and Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team’s first podium of the race.

“It’s a great motivation”

“We wanted to be out there on the front today, representing our team and go for some KOM points. It was just two of us out here today and usually that makes for a kind of boring day but in all seriousness it was pretty fun. I was with the legend Michael Schär who had millions of fans on the side of the road, cheering him all day. I’m really happy about today’s performance and now I’m going to swap my Q36.5 Pro Cycling team jersey for another Q36.5 red KOM jersey. It’s a great motivation for the next days. I’m up for trying to defend it tomorrow,” said Zukowsky at the finish in Nottwil.

The Tour de Suisse continues this Tuesday with a 143.8 km mountainous stage from Tafers to Villars-sur-Ollon.