Martin retains Swiss lead

Italy’s Matteo Trentin sprinted to victory on stage six of the Tour de Suisse as Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team-mate Tony Martin retained the overall race lead.

Trentin was given a powerful lead-out by Martin in the final 1km in Delemont and went on to beat compatriots Daniele Bennati (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Francesco Gavazzi (Astana) into second and third respectively.

Britain's Ben Swift (Team Sky) safely crested two late climbs to contest the sprint finish but had to settle for fourth place, just ahead of pre-stage favourite Peter Sagan (Cannondale).

Martin crossed the line just behind the leaders to consolidate his six-second lead over Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano) in the general classification, while Sagan remains ten seconds adrift in third.

Stage six took the riders 183.5km from Buren a Aaare to Delemont on a rolling route ending with two categorised climbs and then a descent down to a flat finish.

Sagan showed his fine form by attacking just short of the summit of the second climb, the category-three Le Rond-Pre, and although he was caught, the Slovak once again distanced the peloton with a virtuoso display of descending down the other side.

A clutch of riders bridged across to him on the flat road heading into Delemont, but Team Sky chased hard to bring the race back together and set up a sprint.

Martin, with Trentin right behind him, then hit the front and split the peloton with a fierce increase in pace inside the last 1km. Although the likes of Sagan managed to chase back, they were unable to return to the head of affairs and Trentin profited with a well-timed winning burst.

Stage six result

1 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, 4:43:192 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo, same time3 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana, st4 Ben Swift (GB) Team Sky, st5 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale, st6 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida, st7 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar,8 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC, st9 Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky, st10 Tosh van der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol, st

General classification

1 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, 23:11:062 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Shimano, +6secs3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale, +104 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin, +175 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin-Sharp, +236 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale, +277 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar, same time8 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo, +289 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling, +2910 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida, stSelected other11 Peter Kennaugh (GB) Team Sky, +29