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Now this, my friends, is some bike racing

Here is the descent from today's Tour de Suisse stage. If you haven't seen it, drop everything and watch it now. If you have seen it, drop everything and watch it again. Damiano Cunego attacks from the field on the final climb, bridges to the early breakaway, and goes up the road. Laurens Ten Dam holds on for a time, and as this clip starts, Ten Dam and Cunego dance with the devil in the broad daylight. Then, Cunego goes up ahead alone.

On the descent, Peter Sagan chases back to the remains of the early break. He was distanced a bit near the top of the climb. "I'm not a pure climber," he said after the stage. Certainly, he made up for it on the descent. He rides back through the break and then, descends across to Cunego. Cunego must surely have wished it was not Sagan who joined him, since the Liquigas-Cannondale rider has a formidable turn of speed for the finish. The two riders rail the corners, and the motorbikes can barely stay clear. In fact, Cunego catches one of them, and it has to pull off to let him through. The lead car also nearly gets caught.

Sagan easily takes the sprint at the finish. Cunego is no slouch at the finishing sprint, but he loses this one by a couple bike lengths on the overhead shot. Sagan, he's screaming fast. No doubt Cunego is happy to have the leader's jersey, and he holds :54 over Juan Mauricio Soler. An overall victory at the Tour de Suisse? Early days yet to talk of that one, as there's still some serious climbing to go. Here are the results from today.