Stefan Küng wins fourth Swiss Time Trial Championships

LAGOA ALGARVE PORTUGAL FEBRUARY 22 Stefan Kung of FSwitzerland and Team Groupama FDJ during the 45th Volta ao Algarve Stage 3 a 203km Individual Time Trial stage from Lagoa to Lagoa ITT VA VAlgarve2019 on February 22 2019 in Lagoa Algarve Portugal Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Stefan Küng (Image credit: Getty Images)

Stefan Küng won his fourth consecutive time trial national title at the Swiss Championships on Sunday. The Groupama-FDJ rider covered the 33km course in a time of 37:36 to take the victory ahead of Silvan Dillier (AG2R La Mondiale) by 54 seconds and Stefan Bissegger by 1:07.

"It was the first time I had started a race in four months," said Küng. "It was something special, but it's nice to put on a bib and regain the racing sensations.

"In addition, it went well. My mission was to defend the jersey and that's what I did. It's nice to be able to wear it for another year on international races. I had recognized the course several times and I knew what I had to do. I had a plan in mind and was able to execute it 100%. It's also a pleasure to open the counter with my new bike."

Küng started the season at Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in February, and then he raced Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne in March. He went on to race at Paris-Nice before the cycling calendar was halted due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

"Normally, the championships are just before the Tour [de France] so we don't prepare for it in the same way. I am coming out of an altitude training course and I did not necessarily prepare myself specifically for this test. I did a lot of time trials but they were included in my planning anyway. I have not yet made any intense efforts and I felt it today," Küng said.

"It was a course with a lot of raises, it stung, but it felt good to find these racing sensations. In training, we always have a margin, we adapt the pace, we can choose a course with fewer turns. In any case, it feels good to run."

The UCI announced the revised late-season calendar in May and the WorldTour will resume on April 1 at Strade Bianche with the Tour de France set to take place from August 29-September 20.

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Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama - Fdj 0:37:37
2Silvan Dillier (Swi) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:00:54
3Stefan Bissegger (Swi) 0:01:07
4Thery Schir (Swi) Swiss Racing Academy 0:01:25
5Tom Bohli (Swi) Uae Team Emirates 0:02:25
6Gino Mäder (Swi) Ntt Pro Cycling Team 0:02:30
7Damian Lüscher (Swi) Swiss Racing Academy 0:02:37
8Johan Jacobs (Swi) Movistar Team 0:02:44
9Cyrille Thièry (Swi) Swiss Racing Academy 0:02:47
10Claudio Imhof (Swi) Team Vorarlberg Santic 0:02:54
11Matthias Reutimann (Swi) Swiss Racing Academy 0:03:08
12Lukas Rüegg (Swi) Swiss Racing Academy 0:03:25
13Colin Chris Stüssi (Swi) Team Vorarlberg Santic 0:03:35
14Fabian Paumann (Swi) Swiss Racing Academy 0:03:45
15Timon Rüegg (Swi) Swiss Racing Academy 0:03:51
16Yves Lütolf (Swi) Swiss Racing Academy 0:04:14
17Roland Thalmann (Swi) Team Vorarlberg Santic 0:04:41
18Raphael Krähemann (Swi) Swiss Racing Academy 0:04:57
DNSSimon Vitzthum (Swi)

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Kirsten Frattini
Women's Editor

Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.

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