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Astana rider Miguel Angel Lopez wins Tour de Suisse

Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez secured victory in the Tour der Suisse on Sunday as his compatriot Jarlinson Pantano won a shortened final stage in Davos.

Lopez, 22, moved into the overall lead after finishing second in Saturday's time trial, and held on to the yellow jersey by finishing safely in fourth place on the final day.

Lopez edged out Jon Izaguirre by 12 seconds, with Frenchman Warren Barguil just six seconds further adrift.

Sunday's route was reduced to 57km because of poor weather, and Pantano took advantage by outsprinting Russian Sergei Chernetckii and Spain's Izaguirre to take the stage.

It meant for a fast paced start before the crucial difficulty of the day, the 13km climb up the Fluela Pass before the final 17km descent to the finish.

Pantano was part of a three-man attack on the climb before Lopez, who finished seventh in this race as a neo-pro a year ago, gave a display authority by bridging up to the leaders.

He then pushed on with only Pantano and Tejay Van Garderen able to follow before a third acceleration allowed him to crest the summit alone with a 30 second lead.

Four chasers caught Lopez with 8.5km still to ride while two more joined just before the sprint finish.

American Andrew Talansky was the biggest loser after he started the day second overall at just eight seconds. He was dropped on the climb and eventually finished 56 seconds further back, falling to fifth overall.

Pantano climbed above Talansky, meaning two Colombians finished in the top four.

Last year's winner Simon Spilak of Slovenia ended up ninth overall while Great Britain's Geraint Thomas, one of the pre-race favourites, struggled on the final climb and dropped out of the top 10.

Top 10, stage 9

1. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, IAM CYCLING, in 1:23:55
2. Sergei CHERNETSKI, TEAM KATUSHA, at :00
3. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :00
4. Miguel Angel LOPEZ MORENO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, at :00
5. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at :00
6. Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at :00
7. Warren BARGUIL, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :00
8. Andrew TALANSKY, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :56
9. Víctor DE LA PARTE, CCC SPRANDI POLKOWICE, at :56
10. Joseph Lloyd DOMBROWSKI, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at :56

Top 10 overall

1. Miguel Angel LOPEZ MORENO, ASTANA PRO TEAM, in 30:55:58
2. Jon IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI, MOVISTAR TEAM, at :12
3. Warren BARGUIL, TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN, at :18
4. Jarlinson PANTANO GOMEZ, IAM CYCLING, at :42
5. Andrew TALANSKY, CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING TEAM, at 1:04
6. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, BMC RACING TEAM, at 1:26
7. Rui Alberto FARIA DA COSTA, LAMPRE – MERIDA, at 2:09
8. Wilco KELDERMAN, TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO, at 2:38
9. Simon SPILAK, TEAM KATUSHA, at 2:48
10. Sergei CHERNETSKI, TEAM KATUSHA, at 5:08

Astana rider Miguel Angel Lopez wins Tour de Suisse