Final furioso for the BMC Racing Team: Stefan Küng won the final time trial, Richie Porte won the overall standings.
After 9 km Küng only occupied the 5th intermediate place. But the slight worry lines were unjustified. The former pursuit world champion turned up the heat with increasing distance on the technically not to be underestimated course and won with 19 seconds ahead of Sören Kragh Andersen (SUN/DEN), the stage winner of Gommiswald.
“With Team BMC we have had a very successful week. We met our target 100 percent. This week we dedicate to our patron, Andy Rihs, who passed away this spring. Stefan Küng Küng had worn the leader jersey for five days after the team time trial in Frauenfeld and was then replaced by his team mate Richie Porte. The Thurgauer celebrated the first individual success of his career in the Landesrundfahrt. But at the age of 25, the Thurgau man is still chasing completely different goals. The test against the clock of the 2020 Summer Olympics, for example.
In his first participation in the Tour de Suisse, the Australian managed to achieve overall victory without winning a stage – apart from the team triumph on the first day. Porte shone in the final of the stage from Gommiswald, and he bravely defended himself in the Schanfigg up to Arosa after the earlier start of the climber Nairo Quintana (MOV/ESP). The South American had to give up the 2nd overall place in the final time trial by 10 seconds to Jakob Fuglsang (AST/DEN).
“Without our team, such success would not have been possible. I have to thank my team-mates for all they have done for me,” said Porte, who had only one wish on Sunday evening in Bellinzona – to return to his home in Monaco as soon as possible to see his wife and son, who was born just three weeks ago: “I could only spend one day with them both. Now I have one week left, after which I’ll go and fine-tune for the Tour de France.” Detail