Cancellara wins stage and overall in Tour de Suisse
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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Cancellara wins stage and overall in Tour de Suisse

by Agence France-Presse at 12:50 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results, Tour de Suisse
Swiss Olympic time-trial champion Fabian Cancellara won the Tour of Switzerland on Sunday after winning the ninth and final stage of the race here, a 38.5 kilometres time-trial.

The 28-year-old beat Germany's Tony Martin - winner of Saturday's penultimate stage and second in the final stage - by 2minutes 2seconds in the overall standings while Roman Kreuziger of the Czech Republic was third 2min 24sec adrift.

It was Cancellara's first major stage race win since the Tirreno-Adriatico on 2008.

"This is a fantastic day for me," said Cancellara."I was feeling really nervous prior to the stage, but once I got going I settled into my rhythm and felt at home.

"I never expected to win this race but it is truly a great feeling and an encouraging result for the Tour de France."

Long-time overall leader Tadej Valjavec of Slovenia knew his game was up early on as Cancellara, who was only four seconds behind him going into Sunday's stage, and was soon behind the pace and finished 59th on the stage some 3 minutes and 49 seconds adrift.

1. Fabian Cancellara (SUI/SAX) 45min 59sec
2. Tony Martin (GER/THR) at 1min 27sec
3. Thomas Dekker (NED/SIL) 1:42.
4. Marcus Burghardt (GER/THR) 1:43.
5. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/QST) 1:48.
6. Cameron Meyer (AUS/GRM) 1:50.
7. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/LIQ) 2:00.
8. Brian Vandborg (DEN/LIQ) 2:02.
9. Andreas Klöden (GER/AST) 2:09.
10. Thor Hushovd (NOR/CTT) 2:14.
1. Fabian Cancellara (SUI/SAX) 33hr 05min 51sec
2. Tony Martin (GER/THR) at 2min 02sec
3. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/LIQ) 2:24.
4. Andreas Klöden (GER/AST) 2:50.
5. Vladimir Karpets (RUS/KAT) 3:18.
6. Damiano Cunego (ITA/LAM) 3:23.
7. Tadej Valjavec (SLO/ALM) 3:45.
8. Rein Taaramae (EST/COF) 4:04.
9. Kim Kirchen (LUX/THR) 4:04.
10. Maxime Monfort (BEL/THR) 4:08.

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