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Tour de Suisse Cycling News special for June 18, 2005

Date published:
June 20, 2005, 1:00 BST
  • Reports from the road

    Bradley McGee (Française Des Jeux)
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    June 20, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    By Anthony Tan in Ulrichen Horner has form coming out of his ears After doing much of the work up...

    By Anthony Tan in Ulrichen

    Horner has form coming out of his ears

    After doing much of the work up the final climb of the Furka Pass and finishing in the first group behind stage and race winner Aitor Gonzalez in yesterday's stage of the Tour de Suisse, Chris Horner was understandably over the moon about his performances thus far.

    "I've got form comin' out of my ears right now!" exclaimed Horner to Cyclingnews straight after the stage finish.

    "Every day, it's just getting better and better. Today, the descent was the hardest part, because you had to go maximum to try and catch Gonzalez. I honestly don't know how he stayed [away], but we had three of us rotating - we should have had five - I don't know what the others were doing...

    "It was me and Rogers pretty much. Rogers did his share - he did more than I did; he was so fast through the corners... it was almost like riding by myself, because he just dropped me through the corners, he was so fast."

    Another guy that impressed the 33 year-old American was Gonzalez - so much so that Horner was a little lost for words when asked if the Spaniard was simply too strong. "I don't know...Evidently he won - there's no doubt about that - but how he could have stayed off on the descent against three of us working like that is pretty impressive. That guy's got some good form."

    With his long-awaited Tour de France debut to look forward to, Horner can go into Le Grand Boucle with high hopes, safe in the knowledge that he can not only compete with the best in Europe, but also beat them at their own game.

    Just the finishing touches left for Brad

    Although finishing four minutes down on the final day and missing out on a place on the podium at the Tour de Suisse, eventually finishing eighth overall, Bradley McGee (Française des Jeux) was satisfied with what he'd achieved, and says just the finishing touches are all that's needed before the Tour de...

  • Gonzalez wins the Tour de Suisse

    Aitor Gonzalez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
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    June 20, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Cycling News

    As he foreshadowed yesterday, Aitor Gonzalez (Euskaltel) attacked on the final climb of the final...

    As he foreshadowed yesterday, Aitor Gonzalez (Euskaltel) attacked on the final climb of the final stage to put enough distance between him and yellow jersey wearer Michael Rogers to claim the overall victory in the Tour de Suisse. Gonzalez had 1'08 at the top of the Furkapass with 23 km of downhill to go, and he conserved 46 seconds of that across the finish line in Ulrichen, as Frank Schleck led home the Rogers group for second. Thus, Gonzalez won his second big Tour after the 2002 Vuelta, and showed that he is back to his best.

    In the battle for the minor placings, Jan Ullrich dropped to third overall after losing Rogers and co. on the last climb. The T-Mobile rider still needs some form if he is to challenge for Tour de France honours, but if 2003 is anything to go by, where he finished 7th in the Tour de Suisse and then a close second in the Tour, Ullrich should improve a little.

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    June 20, 2005, 1:00 BST
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    Anthony Tan in Ulrichen