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)|
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