If Tony Martin’s importance to his Omega Pharma-Quickstep employers was not already clear, the German delivered a stunning reminder on stage six of the Tour de Suisse.
Defending his yellow jersey on a tough, undulating stage, Martin stayed safely in the wheels of Team Sky as they set the pace over the day’s climbs.
But when it came to the finale, Martin was not satisfied with merely defending the yellow jersey.
A blistering wind-up for team-mate Matteo Trentin was done at such a pace a split formed in the peloton – with pre-stage favourite Peter Sagan among those forced to chase back in the final kilometre.
Relive the stage below in the full-width gallery of Stefano Sirotti’s photos.