6.22.2014

Tour de Suisse 9: Costa Conquers His Rainbow Victory!

Pic by Antoine Plouvin
A break-away of course, a large one: Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin), Andre Cardoso (Garmin-Sharp), Johann Tschopp (IAM Cycling), Jeremy Roy and Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ.fr), Sander Armee (Lotto Belisol), Danilo Wyss, Steve Morabito (BMC), Oliver Zaugg (Tinkoff-Saxo), Andy Schleck (Trek Factory Racing), Georg Preidler (Giant-Shimano), Ruben Plaza (Movistar), Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Katusha), Christian Knees (Team Sky), Silvan Dillier (BMC), Maniuele Boaro (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Stef Clement (Belkin). 
Then three riders attack from the peloton: they are Costa, Mollema and Frank, up in the GC, dangerous and determined. A short chase and they bridge, 40 km to go. Tony Martin knows his Yellow Jersey is at risk and defends it as he can: with an outstanding time trial. Nobody helps. There is a big selection behind and in front. 22km to go, up the road to the final climb to Saas-Fee, still a hand of riders: Andre Cardoso (Garmin-Sharp), Johann Tschopp (IAM Cycling), Jeremy Roy, Sander Armee (Lotto Belisol), Marcel Wyss (IAM Cycling), Steve Morabito (BMC), Oliver Zaugg (Tinkoff-Saxo),  Ruben Plaza (Movistar), Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Katusha), Matthias Frank (IAM Cycling), Bauke Mollema (Belkin), Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida). 14 km to go the gap is 1'49". Tony Martin  still leading the chase. Arme got dropped from the break-away.
8 km to go attacks begin in Martin's group: Eros Capecchi (Movistar), then Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo), Pardilla, Ten Dam... In front Wyss is working hard for Mathias Frank and 3 km to go Frank attacks, immediatelly followed by  Mollema and Costa. Zaugg joins but Costa goes solo. And wins
Mollema fights to drop Frank and crosses the line with a gap but it isn't enough to pass him in the final GC. 
Amazing splendid race. Especially for those three warriors in front and the lonely chaser behind. 

Andy Schleck “It was a really hard day; from the start it was going super fast. A group went, maybe 12 guys, on the first category climb and me and [Steve] Morabito jumped to this group and closed the gap. This was a very hard effort and after this I was not feeling so well anymore. Then the next climb when the three guys came from behind I had nothing left. I had ridden 120 kilometers at 180% and that was too much. I paid for it in the end. The last 15 kilometers I was done and I found my own rhythm just to get to the finish. It was a good week for me to find some shape; a good week of training. I was not super good yesterday in the final climb, but not so bad either, and today I was active in the race. For me it is more important to ride in front and try something then to conserve, hang on, and maybe finish only one minute behind. The level is quite high here and today I went really deep.”

TFR TM Luca Guercilena: “We wanted to get more out of the Tour de Suisse, but from the beginning we lost riders with crashes and health reasons.  At least we were present in some attacks but it’s evident we don’t have the condition to follow the best riders right now. We are heading into a tough July but as usual we will try to be well motivated and ready to do what is in our possibilities. We will have a conference call Tuesday morning with all the directors and there we will try and determine the nine riders for the Tour, and the official four for reserve.  Each director has followed five or six riders all year, so they will be able to give specific input. We will also discuss our goals for the Tour and then determine which riders best fit this. But the riders need to train to the last day because anything can happen. The 10th and 11th reserves need to be ready like they were also taking the start, and obviously the 12th and 13th will go on to another program. And in between now and the Tour we have the National Championships and that is really, really important for us. We want to be ready to win some Championships’ jerseys.”

RESULTS
STAGE
1 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida 4:13:14
2 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:14
3 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:00:24
4 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:47
5 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-Saxo
6 André Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp 0:01:28
7 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:01:41
8 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:01:48
9 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:02:18
10 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo
11 Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp
12 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale
13 Sergio Pardilla (Spa) MTN - Qhubeka
14 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky
15 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
16 Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Team Sky
17 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team 0:02:22
18 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:02:42
19 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
20 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar
21 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
22 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEdge 0:03:19
23 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr
24 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida
25 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:03:46
26 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
27 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:04:14
28 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:04:48
29 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:05:42
30 Michael Sch‰r (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:07:01
31 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
32 Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:08:28
33 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team
34 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 0:08:45
35 Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:08:56
36 Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Team Katusha
37 Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:09:24

GC
1 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida 33:08:35
2 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:00:33
3 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:00:50
4 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:01:13
5 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:02:04
6 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:02:47
7 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale 0:03:00
8 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:03:03
9 Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp 0:03:20
10 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team 0:03:46
11 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:04:07
12 Sergio Pardilla (Spa) MTN - Qhubeka 0:04:10
13 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:04:55
14 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida 0:05:27
15 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:05:45
16 Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica GreenEdge 0:05:54
17 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:06:04
18 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:06:29
19 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:06:56
20 Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:07:15
21 Olivier Zaugg (Swi) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:08:57
22 Fernando S Martins Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp 0:09:12
23 Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:10:35
24 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:10:43
25 Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Team Katusha 0:11:28
26 Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka 0:11:32
27 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin-Pro Cycling Team 0:13:59
28 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:14:38
29 Andy Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:15:07
30 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano 0:15:30




























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