Spilak Wins Tour of Switzerland With A Stunning TimeTrial

Bern, Switzerland, June 21, 2015 (AFP) - Slovenia's Simon Spilak produced a stunning final stage timetrial to snatch victory in the Tour of Switzerland on Sunday. Dutchman Tom Dumoulin won the 38.4km stage against the clock in Berne but Spilak overhauled Britain's Geraint Thomas and Thibaut Pinot of France to win by just five seconds overall. Katusha's Spilak, 28, came second on … [Read more...]

Rui Costa Four Peats The Tour de Suisse

SAAS-FEE, Switzerland, June 22, 2014 (AFP) - Portugal's Rui Costa won the Tour of Switzerland title for an unprecedented third time in a row on Sunday after riding to victory in the ninth and final stage. Costa, 27, crossed 14sec ahead of Dutch rider Bauke Mollema with Swiss Mathias Frank 24sec off the pace in third following the 156.5km run from Martigny to Saas-Fee. Germany's … [Read more...]

Tour de Suisse Stage 8 Ends With Summit Finish

VERBIER, Switzerland, June 21, 2014 (AFP) - Colombia's Esteban Chaves staged a late attack to win atop the summit finish in Verbier in Saturday's eighth stage of the Tour of Switzerland, while Germany's Tony Martin increased his overall lead going into Sunday's concluding stage. Orica-GreenEdge rider Chaves finished three seconds ahead of Czech Roman Kreuziger and Dutchman Bauke Mollema … [Read more...]

Tour de Suisse Stage 6 Report and Results

19-Jun-2014: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Tony Martin once again kept himself in great position near the front in the yellow jersey — this time, at 183.5km Tour de Suisse Stage 6 on Thursday. Despite attack after attack going into the final kilometers, including Peter Sagan (Cannondale) on the descent of the final categorized climb, Martin kept himself in position to chase … [Read more...]

Tour of Switzerland Stage Five Ends In Crash

BUREN AN DER AARE, Switzerland, June 18, 2014 (AFP) - Sacha Modolo stayed clear of a pile-up in the sprint to the finish line to win stage five of the Tour of Switzerland on Wednesday with Germany's Tony Martin once more retaining the overall lead. Lampre rider Modolo fended off the challenge of stage three winner Peter Sagan and John Degenkolb down the stretch while Mark Cavendish, who … [Read more...]

Cavendish Sprints To Tour de Suisse Victory

OSSINGEN, Switzerland, June 17, 2014 - Mark Cavendish stormed to victory as stage four of the Tour of Switzerland came down to a bunch sprint finish on Tuesday while Germany's Tony Martin retained the overall leader's yellow jersey. Cavendish's powerful kick in the closing stages of the 160km ride from Heiden to Ossingen enabled the Briton to hold off Spain's Juan Jose Lobato … [Read more...]

Mark Cavendish’s Race Calendar Is Determined

18-Apr-2014: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the program of Mark Cavendish for the coming weeks. As previously communicated, the British Champion will ride the Tour of Turkey at the end of April. He will then ride the AMGEN Tour of California and the Tour de Suisse prior to the Tour de France. "As everybody knows, my big goal this year is the Tour de France," Cavendish … [Read more...]

Portugal’s Costa wins Tour of Switzerland

sorenberg, Switzerland, June 17, 2012 (AFP) - Portugal's Movistar rider Rui Costa won the Tour of Switzerland after Sunday's ninth and final stage won by Estonian Tanel Kangert of the Astana team. Costa finished 14 seconds ahead of Luxembourg's Frank Schleck in the final overall standings, with American Levi Leipheimer at 21sec. It was the 25-year-old Costa's biggest victory of his … [Read more...]

Costa Eyes Swiss Victory, Albasini Takes Stage

GENEVA, June 16, 2012 (AFP) - GreenEdge rider Michael Albasini clinched the eighth and penultimate stage of the Tour of Switzerland on Saturday while Portugal's yellow jerser wearer Rui Costa held on to his chances of overall victory. Switzerland's Albasini broke away 17km from the end of Saturday's stage, a 148km ride from Bischofszell to Arosa, to finish ahead of Spain's Mikel … [Read more...]

Kessiakoff Wins 7th Stage, Rui Costa Remains Leader At Tour de Suisse

GOSSAU, Switzerland, June 15, 2012 (AFP) - Sweden's Fredrik Kessiakoff of the Astana team won Friday's seventh stage of the Tour of Switzerland, while Movistar's Portuguese rider Rui Costa kept the race leader's yellow jersey. Kessiakoff surprised all by winning the 34.4km time trial around Gossau, finishing 2sec ahead of Swiss specialist Fabian Cancellara, with Belgian Maxime Monfort a … [Read more...]