Stefan Kueng wins opening Tour de Suisse time trial

Groupama-FDJ's Stefan Kueng said on Sunday it was "special" to win his 12th time trial in the opening stage of the Tour de Suisse in Frauenfeld near his hometown

Stefan Kueng wins opening Tour de Suisse time trial

Kueng, from the town of Wil less than 20km from the finish line, beat fellow countryman 22-year-old Stefan Bissegger, who was four seconds behind.

Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, fifth at 19 seconds, impressed in his comeback less than three weeks before the Tour de France which starts on June 26.

"It's the roads that I train on every day. What makes this more special is that you do it at home," Kueng said.

"I was feeling better each day and confident before the start. I knew exactly what I had to do and executed it perfectly today," he added.

Kueng, the bronze medallist in the discipline at the last world championships and wearing his European time trial champion's jersey, led an impressive display by home riders.

Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz, a favourite to win the race and continue the recent Ineos triumphal streak, which includes victories by Egan Bernal in the Giro d'Italia and by Richie Porte on Sunday in the Criterium du Dauphine, was a solid 15th at 31 seconds.

His Australian team-mate Rohan Dennis, the world time trial champion in 2018 and 2019 was a disappointing 10th at 23 seconds.

Tom Dumoulin of Jumbo-Visma, racing for the first time since his brief departure from the sport announced in January, finished 16th at 32 seconds.

The Dutch rider, who is targeting Olympic gold in the speciality, can see how far he has to go until July 28 in Japan.

The hilly 173km second stage on Monday between Neuhausen am Rheinfall and Lachen on the shores of Lake Zurich crests a short, steep climb less than two kilometres from the finish.

It promises another explosive battle between world road race champion Alaphilippe of Deceuninck-Quick Step and Dutch classics specialist Mathieu van der Poel of Alpecin-Fenix.

VIDEO: 2021 Tour de Suisse Stage 1 Highlights

2021 Tour de Suisse Stage 1 Top 10

1 Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ 0:12:00
2 Stefan Bissegger (Swi) EF Education-Nippo 0:00:04
3 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:12
4 Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education-Nippo 0:00:15
5 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:19
6 Jonas Rutsch (Ger) EF Education-Nippo 0:00:22
7 Jannik Steimle (Ger) Deceuninck-QuickStep
8 Florian Vermeersch (Bel) Lotto Soudal
9 Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team DSM
10 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:23

 

 
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