Spilak seals overall win, Dennis fastest against the clock
The 81st edition of Tour de Suisse concluded with a 28.6km individual time trial in Schaffhausen. The fast route encompassed one climb, a 3.7km ascent at 5% average gradient, that came just over five and a half kilometers from the finishing line.
Like he did in the prologue the first rider to put in a good reference time was Irish Ryan Mullen (Cannondale-Drapac) who crossed the line in 38:29 minutes. However, this time around Mullen didn't have a prolonged stay in the hot seat: he was quickly dethroned by Australian Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) who stopped the clock in 36:30 minutes, almost two minutes faster than Mullen on the line.
The rider that came closest to upstaging Dennis was his own teammate Stefan Küng who, in the first intermediate (at the 9km mark) was only nine seconds down to the "aussie", but ultimately came across the line 29 seconds adrift. The 23-year-old Swiss, who enjoyed a short spell in the yellow jersey (Stage 2), ended up taking the second place on the day, finishing his maiden Tour de Suisse on a high note.
As the GC riders started on the course it quickly became clear that nobody would dethrone Dennis and deny the Australian his sixth win of the season, the second on Swiss soil.
Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) went into the final stage leading the general classification with a 52 seconds lead over BMC’s Damiano Caruso. The Slovenian came home in a solid fifth place, 51 seconds adrift, more than enough to keep the yellow jersey and win the overall classification in Tour de Suisse for the second time in his career.
BMC Racing Team enjoyed a full podium on the day with Caruso finishing in a strong third place, 47 seconds down on Dennis, thereby keeping his second place in the GC standings.
Steven Kruijswijk’s (LottoNL-Jumbo) against the clock was good, but not good enough to overcome the 13 seconds deficit to Caruso. The Dutch rider was sixth fastest on the line and had to settle for the third place in the overall podium.
Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue Sport) brought the King of The Mountains jersey home, while two stage’s winner Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) claimed the points classification.