Second overall victory of Simon Spilak
18. June 2017

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A 5th place in the final time trial in Schaffhausen was enough for Simon Spilak (SLO/KAT) to win the Tour de Suisse for the second time since 2015. The winner of the stage against the clock was the same as the first of stage 1 in Cham: Rohan Dennis (AUS/BMC), who clearly prevailed over Stefan Küng (SUI/BMC).

“Dennis is one of the best time trialists in the world. I gave my maximum. “I gave my maximum, and that was all I could get out of second place. Nevertheless I draw a positive balance from this Tour de Suisse,” Stefan Küng noted after his second place. A Swiss stage victory was not achieved in this national tour. After all, Matthias Frank (ALM) as the overall seventh-placed driver achieved a top ten classification. Frank lost a position in the time trial.

“That was really hard. First the headwind, and then the climb. I think I gave everything I had in me”, said Rohan Dennis, who now wants to conquer the Maillot jaune at the beginning of the Tour de France in Düsseldorf and who possibly wants to attack the hourly world record of Bradley Wiggins (GBR, 54.526 km) later in his career.

Simon Spilak had reconnoitred the track of the time trial on Sunday morning, but then, during the course of his assignment, he realised that the test against the clock was even more difficult than before. Not quite unexpectedly, Damiano Caruso (ITA/BMC) and Steven Kruijswijk (NED/TLJ) did not pose a threat to the overall classification. The Italian and the Dutch defended their Second Resp. Third place.

“This new triumph in the Tour de Suisse is very nice for me. It was a challenging round trip and I’m delighted to have finished it first,” said Spilak, who is currently doing best in round trips of eight to ten days’ duration. The next goal of the Slovenian is the Tour of Poland, which he will tackle with the ambition of overall victory. The Tour de France will be a topic for Spilak next year at the earliest.

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