Simon Špilak wins Tour de Suisse

Simon Spilak (Katusha) snatched overall victory at the Tour de Suisse after producing an incredible performance in the final stage 38km time trial around Bern.

Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) won the nail-biting stage around the Bern countryside and moved up to third overall. However, Spilak gained enough time to dethrone race leader Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and move past pre-stage favourite Geraint Thomas (Team Sky).

Thomas and Spilak were neck and neck in the virtual standings during the time trial but the Katusha rider found something extra on the final climb up to the finish in the centre of Bern. Dumoulin won the time trial with a time of 48:36, with Spilak 18 seconds slower, one better than local hero Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing), who finished third at 19 seconds. Thomas was only fifth fastest, 36 seconds slower than Dumoulin, while Pinot lost close to two minutes.

Thanks to his super fast performance, Spilak jumped passed Thomas and Pinot to win the Tour de Suisse by five seconds. Dumoulin also moved up to finish third overall at 19 seconds. Pinot finished off the final podium and fourth overall at 45 seconds.

"I’m really happy and want to thank my teammates who helped me too much during the race. This is the biggest win of my career so far. I’m really happy," Spilak said before pulling on the winner’s yellow jersey. "The time trial was really hard but I liked it. It was up and down all the way and that helped me. I gave it everything."

It was Spilak’s tenth victory as a professional rider but he seems well suited to short, hilly stage races, especially in Switzerland. He won the 2010 Tour de Romandie and finished second overall in this year’s race. Spilak is expected to be part of the Katusha team for the Tour de France that also includes Alexander Kristoff and Joaquim Rodríguez.

Dumoulin impresses in time trials before the Tour de France

Dumoulin started the testing time trial in fifth place overall but within a minute of overall victory. He impressed in the time trial and is arguably a favourite for the time trials at the Tour de France that begins in the Netherlands in just two weeks time. However, he was a little disappointed not to win the Tour de Suisse.

"It’s great to win but I’ve got mixed feeling because I also thought it’d be possible to win the GC if everything else had gone really well. However, Thomas and Spilak were also really strong. I was a little bit stronger but not strong enough to beat them. But I’m happy with a stage victory," he said.

"t was a hard course. I didn’t really make any big mistakes apart from one or two corners but that didn’t make the difference between a GC win and third. This was the max I could do. I’m happy. My first goal of the Tour de Suisse was to deliver two good time trials and I won both of them, so I succeeded in my goal."

The Tour de Suisse is the last WorldTour race on the calendar before the Tour de France begins in two weeks time. Spilak, Thomas and especially Dumoulin and Pinot are all expected to be in the thick of the action in July.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:48:37
2Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha0:00:18
3Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing0:00:19
4Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team0:00:34
5Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:00:36
6Bob Jungels (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:00:41
7Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling0:00:44
8Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:01:07
9Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:26
10Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:32
11Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky0:01:36
12Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:43
13Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling0:01:50
14Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.frRow 13 - Cell 2
15Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team0:01:52
16Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ.fr0:01:53
17Benjamin King (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:56
19Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin0:02:00
20Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Team Sky0:02:01
21Dries Devenyns (Bel) IAM Cycling0:02:05
22Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:10
23Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:02:15
24Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:02:19
25Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step0:02:24
26Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdgeRow 25 - Cell 2
27Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:02:26
28Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:29
29Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:02:31
30Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge0:02:33
31Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha0:02:34
32Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:36
33Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdgeRow 32 - Cell 2
34Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin0:02:38
35Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge0:02:40
36Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:02:41
37Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling0:02:47
38Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step0:02:48
39Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling0:02:49
40Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:02:50
41Larry Warbasse (USA) IAM CyclingRow 40 - Cell 2
42Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:02:51
43Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:52
44Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr0:02:53
45Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky0:02:57
46Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:03:04
48Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge0:03:11
49Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida0:03:12
50Marco Haller (Aut) Team Katusha0:03:13
51Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing0:03:17
52Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:03:27
53Stefan Denifl (Aut) IAM Cycling0:03:28
54Paul Martens (Ger) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:03:36
55Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Team Katusha0:03:38
56Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:03:41
57Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha0:03:42
58Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:03:49
59Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling0:03:53
60Francisco Ventoso (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:54
61Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha0:04:02
62Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek Factory Racing0:04:03
63Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 62 - Cell 2
64Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:04:07
65Vegard Breen (Nor) Lotto Soudal0:04:08
66Michal Golas (Pol) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 65 - Cell 2
67Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:04:10
68Marco Marcato (Ita) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 67 - Cell 2
69John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:04:13
70Simone Antonini (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:04:15
71Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:04:18
72Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team0:04:20
73Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:04:22
74Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica GreenEdgeRow 73 - Cell 2
75Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin0:04:30
76Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Rus) Team Katusha0:04:32
77Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 76 - Cell 2
78Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing Team0:04:38
79Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing0:04:39
80Matej Mohoric (Slo) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:04:42
81Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:45
82Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:04:47
83William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr0:04:50
84Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Team KatushaRow 83 - Cell 2
85Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:04:52
86Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin0:04:57
87Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Thomas Danielson (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:04:59
89Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-MeridaRow 88 - Cell 2
90Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:00
91Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 91 - Cell 2
93Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:03
94Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:05:05
95Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:05:11
96Sylwester Szmyd (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:05:12
97Luka Pibernik (Slo) Lampre-Merida0:05:14
98Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo0:05:22
99Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr0:05:25
100Grega Bole (Slo) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 99 - Cell 2
101Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:05:31
102Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin0:05:33
103Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:05:40
104Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 103 - Cell 2
105Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:05:45
106Stefan Schumacher (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:06:09
107Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:06:11
108Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:17
109Bert Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:06:30
110Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.frRow 109 - Cell 2
111Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:06:32
112Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:06:38
113Alberto Bettiol (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:06:40
114Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team0:06:41
115Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:06:51
116Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek Factory Racing0:06:55
117Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:06:56
118Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step0:06:59
119Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx - Quick-Step0:07:16
120Matti Breschel (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:07:30
DNSDaniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 120 - Cell 2
DNSAlex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
DNSMichael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 122 - Cell 2
DNSFrank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory RacingRow 123 - Cell 2
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin10pts
2Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha8Row 1 - Cell 3
3Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing6Row 2 - Cell 3
4Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team4Row 3 - Cell 3
5Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky2Row 4 - Cell 3
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Suisse rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing0:48:56
2Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:24
3Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling0:01:31
4Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ.fr0:01:34
5Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge0:02:17
6Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling0:02:30
7Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:03:30
8Jonathan Fumeaux (Swi) IAM Cycling0:03:34
9Grégory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing0:04:20
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Sky2:30:01
2Trek Factory Racing0:00:04
3Team Giant-Alpecin0:00:25
4IAM Cycling0:00:26
6Orica GreenEdge0:01:51
7Team Katusha0:01:52
8Movistar Team0:02:07
10BMC Racing Team0:03:01
11Astana Pro Team0:03:11
12Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:03:46
13Etixx - Quick-Step0:04:26
14AG2R La Mondiale