Elite Men: Belp - Belp
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.
Retour sur un bien beau dimanche 👉 https://t.co/86ejXezVMG pic.twitter.com/10CSt2OZppJuly 12, 2020
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama - Fdj||0:37:37|
|2||Silvan Dillier (Swi) Ag2R La Mondiale||0:00:54|
|3||Stefan Bissegger (Swi)||0:01:07|
|4||Thery Schir (Swi) Swiss Racing Academy||0:01:25|
|5||Tom Bohli (Swi) Uae Team Emirates||0:02:25|
|6||Gino Mäder (Swi) Ntt Pro Cycling Team||0:02:30|
|7||Damian Lüscher (Swi) Swiss Racing Academy||0:02:37|
|8||Johan Jacobs (Swi) Movistar Team||0:02:44|
|9||Cyrille Thièry (Swi) Swiss Racing Academy||0:02:47|
|10||Claudio Imhof (Swi) Team Vorarlberg Santic||0:02:54|
|11||Matthias Reutimann (Swi) Swiss Racing Academy||0:03:08|
|12||Lukas Rüegg (Swi) Swiss Racing Academy||0:03:25|
|13||Colin Chris Stüssi (Swi) Team Vorarlberg Santic||0:03:35|
|14||Fabian Paumann (Swi) Swiss Racing Academy||0:03:45|
|15||Timon Rüegg (Swi) Swiss Racing Academy||0:03:51|
|16||Yves Lütolf (Swi) Swiss Racing Academy||0:04:14|
|17||Roland Thalmann (Swi) Team Vorarlberg Santic||0:04:41|
|18||Raphael Krähemann (Swi) Swiss Racing Academy||0:04:57|
|DNS||Simon Vitzthum (Swi)|
Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in bike racing from the 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 cycling disciplines, edits news and writes features. Currently the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten coordinates global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.
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