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June 21, 2015 – Slovenia’s Simon Spilak produced a stunning final stage timetrial to snatch victory in the Tour of Switzerland on Sunday. Dutchman Tom Dumoulin won the 38.4km stage against the clock in Berne but Spilak overhauled Britain’s Geraint Thomas and Thibaut Pinot of France to win by just five seconds overall.
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Katusha’s Spilak, 28, came second on the stage, 18sec behind Giant-Alpecin’s Dumoulin, with timetrial great Fabian Cancellara having to settle for third at 19sec in his home race. Thomas took fifth on the stage but 18sec behind Spilak having begun the day just 13sec ahead of the rider from Slovenia.
Those two were expected to battle for overall victory with Pinot, who started the day in yellow, but the Frenchman was 1min 50sec slower than Dumoulin on the stage and slipped to fourth overall, one place behind the Dutchman.
For Spilak, a one-week race specialist, it was his second victory in Switzerland having also won the Tour de Romandie in 2010. He finished second at Romandie in the last three years and was also third at Paris-Nice earlier this year but he has never managed to turn his stage-racing form into into a challenge at one of the three-week Grand Tours.
ITT riders of Stage 9
Results Stage 9:
1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:48:37
2 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha 0:00:18
3 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:19
4 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team 0:00:34
5 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:36
6 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:41
7 Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling 0:00:44
8 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 0:01:07
9 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:26
10 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:32
1 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha 30:15:09
2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:05
3 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:19
4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:00:45
5 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:21
6 Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing 0:02:58
7 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team 0:03:06
8 Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ.fr 0:03:17
9 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:03:19
10 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:03:20