The Tour Take | Tour de Suisse Stage 9

 Photo: Twila Federica Muzzi

Photo: Twila Federica Muzzi

The Steps

1st – Stefan Kung

2nd – Soren Kragh Andersen @ 0:19

3rd – Tejay van Garderen @ 0:23

 

The Parcours

The final test of this year’s Tour de Suisse was comprised of a 34.1km time trial around the town of Bellinzona. Held on a circuit similar to Stage 8’s circuit race, these were familiar roads for the riders. While the circuit had a few rolling patches, it was mostly flat, and so one for the TT specialists.

The Jerseys

Overall – Richie Porte

Points – Peter Sagan

KOM – Mark Christian

Young Riders – Enric Mas

 

The Winning Ride

Maciej Bodnar set the early marker, posting a time of 40:10 on the 34.1km time trial. That was bettered by Soren Kragh Andersen, Winner of stage 6, who was 7 seconds quicker than Bodnar. We have to wait for the final 30 riders until that time was bettered, and it was the race’s first leader, Stefan Kung, who did so. Kung’s was a storming ride, coming home in 39:45, 19 seconds better than Andersen. The current Swiss Time Trial Champion, Kung’s win caps off a great week at his home race before he defends his jersey next week. Tejay Van Garderen slipped into third place, completing a fantastic day for BMC.

 

The Aussies

5th – Michael Matthews @ 0:26 (49th on GC, 2nd on Points)

7th – Cameron Meyer @ 0:37 (75th on GC)

14th – Richie Porte @ 1:04 (1st on GC)

18th – Nathan Haas @ 1:16 (64th on GC, 10th on GC)

29th – Jack Haig @ 1:37 (13th on GC)

112th – Michael Hepburn @ 4:45 (134th on GC)

115th – Adam Hansen @ 4:53 (93rd on GC)

124th – Simon Gerrans @ 5:23 (86th on GC)

133rd – Calvin Watson @ 7:20 (137th on GC)

 

 

The Movers and Shakers

In terms of the GC contenders, Richie Porte did more than enough to retain the Yellow Jersey, posting a time of 40:48. His main challengers, Wilco Kelderman and Nairo Quintana lost huge time; the only GC contender to better Porte’s time was Fuglsang, who jumped into second place overall, with Quintana in third.

For Porte, it caps off the perfect lead-in to the TDF; after a slow spring, he’s fully up and running now. Quintana lost 0:55 seconds to Richie Porte, which wasn’t a terrible result for the Colombian; he’ll take confidence from his stage win and should be contending in July. He’s not the darkest of dark horses, but Jakob Fuglsang’s consolidating his place as a TDF smokey – he rode quietly, but strongly here.

There were some great rides by some youngish riders too – Enric Mas finished fourth overall and won the Young Riders classification. That’s his second top 10 in a week-long race this year, having placed sixth at the Tour of the Basque Country. Sam Oomen came off his breakout Giro with a seventh place overall, while Jack Haig finished thirteenth, having ridden consistently after a tough Giro.

See you back at the social club,

Josh