Sunday 21 June 2009

The Tour de Suisse

My current favourite pro rider, Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara, clinched the overall title at his home tour today with a 38 km time trial. He started the day four seconds back of the yellow jersey and, when the dust settled (not that there is dust in Switzerland), he was the overall winner, with the second place rider nearly a minute and a half behind him. His average speed was 50.19 km/h. It has been a meagre year for Spartacus, with only the prologue win at the Tour of California to show for all that training, a definite comedown from last year's great victories It looks like his form is back now...

Alex Zülle was the last Swiss rider to win the race (in 2002), but the Swiss have actually been quite successful in what is considered to be the fourth best stage race in Europe. I recently obtained a massive German-language book on the Tour de Suisse and will provide a review of it as it remains one of my very favourite races. In 2005 I rode the famous passes of the Tour in the Swiss Alps and loved every minute of it.

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