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Tour de Suisse 2013

Date range:
June 8-16, 2013

June 16, Stage 9: Bad Ragaz - Flumserberg 26.8km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of the final stage of the Tour de Suisse. The stage is a 26.8km time trial from Bad Ragaz to Flumserberg that ends with a 10km climb to the finish.  

 

  1. 14:47:42 CEST

    Here we go with the final stage of the Tour de Suisse: a tough 26.8km time trial with a flat first section and then a tough 10km climb to the finish.

  2. 14:49:45 CEST

    The overall contenders have yet to start their time trial but some big-name riders have already finish.

  3. 14:50:46 CEST

    Gatis Smukulis (Katusha) has just set the fastest time, covering the course in 55:35.

  4. 14:58:43 CEST

    Several riders have been swapping bikes at the bottom of the climb. They have used a TT bike on the flat section and then swapped to a light road bike for the 10km climb to the finish.

  5. 15:01:47 CEST

     Gatis Smukulis (Katusha) is currently in the TT hot seat with the fastest time. He beat Stijn Devolder  by 15 seconds, while alexandre Kristoff (Katusha) is currently third fastest, 23 seconds down on his teammate.

  6. 15:05:28 CEST

    Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Leopard) has already finished. He set the eighth fastest time so far, 1:24 slower than Smukulis.

    The Berne express was fast on the flat section but as expected, lost time on the climb to the finish.

  7. 15:08:12 CEST

    We have a new leader!

  8. 15:09:01 CEST

    Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge) stopped the clock in 55:25 after a great ride on the climb to the finish.

  9. 15:12:57 CEST

    Peter Sagan (Cannondale) won Saturday's stage, using his sprinting skills to take his second stage in this year's race.

    You can read the full report and study a photo gallery here.

  10. 15:18:07 CEST

    Impey opted to change bikes after the flat section. It's a strategy that works!

  11. 15:25:58 CEST

    73 of the 151 riders left in the race have now started their time trials. The overall contenders will be the last riders off.

    Who is your favourite?

  12. 15:44:32 CEST

    There is a host of racing going across Europe at the moment.

    Marco Frapporti (Androni Giocattoli) has won the fourth and final stag of the Route du Sud in France. Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar) wins the race overall.

  13. 15:45:29 CEST

    Bob Jungels (Radioshack-Leopard) won stage 4 of the Tour of Luxembourg. Paul Martens (Blanco Pro Cycling) wins the race overall.

  14. 15:47:51 CEST

    Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM) won stage 5 of the Ster ZLM Tour in the Netherlands. Lars Boom (Blanco Pro Cycling) wins the race overall after winning Saturday's fourth stage.

  15. 16:00:30 CEST

    There is currently a break in the racing at the Tour de Suisse to allow the team cars to descend down from the finish.

  16. 16:08:20 CEST

    The fight to be the next UCI President is also heating up.

    Irish Cycling members voted against nominating Pat McQuaid on Saturday and now UCI Management Committee member Mike Plant has ended his support of the Irishman.

    Yuo can read Plant's statement here.

  17. 16:29:45 CEST

    The racing is now back underway!

  18. 16:31:29 CEST

    We have a new best time from Andreas Klöden (Radioshack-Leopard): 54:36.

  19. 16:39:59 CEST

    Kevin De Weert (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) went close to beating Kloden but is only second fastest.

  20. 16:40:29 CEST

    The overall contenders are starting their rides now.

  21. 16:41:30 CEST

    Tanel Kangert (Astana) sets off.

  22. 16:42:00 CEST

    Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) is next off. He could win this time trial.

  23. 16:42:22 CEST

    Australia's Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge) is already on the course.

  24. 16:43:30 CEST

    Martin starts on is TT bike. He will probably switch at the foot of the climb.

  25. 16:45:08 CEST

    Wow! Jesus Herrara (Movistar) has set the same time as Kloden. both have 54:36 but the Spaniard is showing as the new race leader thanks to the hundredths of seconds. 

  26. 16:46:22 CEST

    Tejay van Garderen (BMC) starts his ride. He could win today but will it be enough to move past race leader and teammate Mathias Frank?  

  27. 16:49:45 CEST

    New fastest time! Peter Sagan (Cannondale) smashes it.

  28. 16:50:05 CEST

    He sets a time of 53:57 to take the lead.

  29. 16:50:51 CEST

    Matteo Montaguti (Ag2r-LaMondiale) goes close to Sagan's time but finishes a few seconds behind.

  30. 16:53:22 CEST

    Rui Costa (Movistar) starts now. He has to pull back 13 seconds on Frank to win overall.

  31. 16:54:15 CEST

    Frank is desperate to win on home roads. But other riders cold be a threat too. Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff) is 23 down overall.

  32. 16:54:36 CEST

    Frank has an all yellow skinsuit for his ride.

  33. 16:55:04 CEST

    This will be he biggest 50 minutes of his career.

  34. 16:55:23 CEST

    Frank is off!

  35. 16:57:39 CEST

    As expected, the final part of the TT, the climb to the finish, is where riders are making the difference.

  36. 16:58:27 CEST

    Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ) does a great ride, beating Sagan by seven seconds.

  37. 17:00:03 CEST

    van Garderen is fast at the first time split.

  38. 17:02:08 CEST

    Jon Izaguirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi) sets the new fast time. 26 seconds faster than Jeannesson.

  39. 17:03:55 CEST

    For now, the overall contenders, are still on the flat section. We should seen some spectacular bike changes.

  40. 17:06:12 CEST

    van Garderen is fast at the time split. He stopped the clock in 9:32. Frank set a time of 9:43.

  41. 17:07:40 CEST

    Mollema is off the pace. van Garderen is super fast so far, setting a time of 18:43 at the second split. 

  42. 17:08:00 CEST

    The second time check is at 16.5km.

  43. 17:09:15 CEST

    Here comes Peter Velits (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) setting a time of 53:32.

  44. 17:11:33 CEST

    Kreuziger sets a time of 19:22 after 16.5km. He doesn't seem to have the speed to win overall today.

  45. 17:12:57 CEST

    Costa is fast! Setting a time of 18:53 after 16.5km.

  46. 17:14:47 CEST

    Costa has switched to his road bike for the climb to the finish.

  47. 17:15:54 CEST

    Frank has set a time of 19:06 at the 165.km point. His bike change and climb to the finish will be vital. He is now only one second ahead of Costa.

  48. 17:16:46 CEST

    Frank had a quick bike and is now on a super light BMC road bike.

  49. 17:21:35 CEST

    Amador (Movistar) finishes with a new best time of 52:39.

  50. 17:22:25 CEST

    Frank does not have aero bars on his road bike and keeps getting out of the saddle. It could cost him dear.

  51. 17:25:42 CEST

    The fastest time is changing often. Jean-Chrstophe Peraud (Ag2r-La Mondiale) takes the lead from Amador by 0.63 of a second.  

  52. 17:27:57 CEST

    Kreuziger is confirmed as off the pace. It doesn't look like he's going to win overall.

  53. 17:29:51 CEST

    35:18 for Costa after 21.9km. He's fast and on track to natch overall victory. It' up to Frank to respond in the final five kilometres of the climb.

  54. 17:31:20 CEST

    van Garderen is pushing a big gear but does not look at his best.

  55. 17:32:17 CEST

    Frank is also suffering. He's lost 40 seconds down on Costa now in the virtual classification.

  56. 17:32:48 CEST

    Frank could also slip to third behind Kreuziger.

  57. 17:35:20 CEST

    Kangert sets a new fastest time of 52:17. He could win the stage.

  58. 17:38:53 CEST

    The cowbells are ringing for Frank but he's going to lose overall victory.

  59. 17:39:47 CEST

    van Garderen has finished in a time of 53:15, losing some seconds in the final part of the climb.

  60. 17:40:33 CEST

    Mollema rides better, setting a time of 52:25. He could finish on the final podium.

  61. 17:41:42 CEST

    Here comes Costa. He's on his way to overall victory.

  62. 17:42:47 CEST

    Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) puts in a solid ride, setting 52:51.

  63. 17:43:05 CEST

    Costa could even win the stage as well as overall.

  64. 17:44:45 CEST

    Kreuziger sets a time of 52:56. That could cost him a place on the podium.

  65. 17:45:22 CEST

    Here's Costa. He wins the stage and surely takes overall, setting a time of 51:56!

  66. 17:45:48 CEST

    Frank is still out on the course but he's fighting for a podium place now.

  67. 17:46:56 CEST

    Costa produced a perfect ride, saving something for the hard finish. The Portuguese fans are shouting Costa's name.

  68. 17:48:15 CEST

    Frank is close to 2 minutes slower than Costa. He put up a brave fight but is set to finish off the podium.

  69. 17:49:17 CEST

    Frank gets a cheer but sets a time of 53:52. It's not enough to defend his yellow jersey.

  70. 17:50:59 CEST

    Frank stops and takes a drink. Fifth overall will leave a bitter taste in his mouth after riding so well in the road stages. Unfortunately he lost close to two minutes to Costa in the final time trial.

  71. 17:53:33 CEST

    Costa is confirmed as the stage winner and the overall winner. It his second consecutive victory at the Tour de Suisse.

    Provsional results show he finished the 2013 Tour de Suisse 1:02 ahead of Bauke Mollema (Blanco). Roman Kreiziger (Saxo-Tinkoff) is third at 1:10.

  72. 18:02:40 CEST

    Thanks for following our live coverage of the final stage of the Tour de Suisse. 

    We'll have a full report, news, results and a photo gallery on Cyclingnews very soon.