Tour de Suisse: BMC Racing win opening team time trial in Frauenfeld

BMC Racing won the opening stage of the Tour de Suisse, dominating the 18km team time trial with a time of 20:18 and putting local boy Stefan Küng in the yellow leader’s jersey of the race.

Team Sunweb took second on the day, with a time of 20:36, while Quick Step Floors were third at 20:45, just fractions of a second ahead of Bora-Hansgrohe.

The American-registered WorldTour squad were among the pre-race favourites for the stage having brought their ‘A’ team to their sponsor’s home race. GC contender Richie Porte and his super domestique Tejay Van Garderen led the way, while Simon Gerrans, Greg Van Avermaet and Alessandro De Marchi completed the strong line-up along with Küng and fellow Swiss rider Michael Schar.

They duly delivered, flying along the 18km course at over 54km/h and smashing the intermediate checkpoint along the way. Küng, who hails from the town of Wil, just 20km away from Frauenfeld, was first over the line in his home region. The 24-year-old time trialist also takes the young rider’s jersey and the unique ‘best local rider’ prize.

After just one day and 18km of racing, the result sees Porte installed as the overall favourite. Only two summit finishes feature on a route that looks softer than in previous instalments, while a final day 35km time trial will be very much to his liking.

As for the riders who will be looking to beat the Australian, Wilco Kelderman and Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb) lie 19 seconds back with Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa (Movistar) 33 seconds down. Gorka and Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) are 36 seconds down, while defending champion Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin) has his work cut out, lying 46 seconds back.

How it happened

The 2018 Tour de Suisse opened with a team time trial around the northeastern town of Frauenfeld. At 18km and with rolling roads in the first half of the stage, the test was the first sort-out of a race heavier on time trials and lighter on mountains than in recent years.

UAE-Team Emirates were the early pacemakers, putting in a time of 21:08 as the fourth team home. Team Sky came next, failing to best the UAE squad. It was something of a surprise given their pedigree in the discipline but less so given that much of their Tour de France squad is currently competing at the Critérium du Dauphiné.

LottoNL-Jumbo, EF-Drapac and Dimension Data also failed to beat UAE Team Emirates but then came Quick Step Floors with the fastest time at the intermediate checkpoint despite dropping riders along the way. The Belgian team eventually crossed the line at 20:45 - putting them at the top of the leader board.

Movistar - a traditionally strong outfit in this discipline despite their relative lack of solo time trial stars, set the second fastest time soon after. The Spanish team, featuring both Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa but not a recently ill Alejandro Valverde, clocked in at 20:51.

Peter Sagan’s Bora-Hansgrohe team flew through the intermediate only five seconds down and came the closest to Quick Step Floors at the line, ending up just fractions of a second away from the hot seat. As stage favourites Mitchelton-Scott and BMC Racing set off, Bahrain-Merida were the next team to break the 21-minute barrier, serving up an impressive time of 20:54.

World team time trial champions Team Sunweb went out fast, and were down to four riders before the halfway point. They were fastest at the checkpoint but struggled to keep their quartet together on the latter half of the stage but still held on to set a new fastest time at 20:37.

It was then Mitchelton-Scott’s turn to finish, coming in at 20:47. Out on course, BMC Racing was going even faster, taking eight seconds off Sunweb’s checkpoint time.

At the finish they decimated the time of the German squad, leaving Katusha-Alpecin to finish last and round off the proceedings with a time of 21:04.

Küng was happy to take the yellow jersey and will no doubt wear it with pride during Sunday’s 155km stage around Frauenfeld.

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Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1BMC Racing Team0:20:18
2Team Sunweb0:00:20
3Quick-Step Floors0:00:27
4Bora-HansgroheRow 3 - Cell 2
6Movistar Team0:00:33
10UAE Team Emirates0:00:50
12Lotto Soudal0:00:58
13Trek-SegafredoRow 12 - Cell 2
14Team Sky0:01:02
15EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:01:05
16AG2R La Mondiale0:01:07
17Dimension Data0:01:10
18Direct Energie0:01:16
19Aqua Blue SportRow 18 - Cell 2
20Astana Pro Team0:01:18
21Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:02:01
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General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:20:18
2Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:20
6Sam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 5 - Cell 2
7Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team SunwebRow 6 - Cell 2
8Michael Matthews (Aus) Team SunwebRow 7 - Cell 2
9Simon Gerrans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:25
10Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:00:27
11Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 10 - Cell 2
12Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step FloorsRow 11 - Cell 2
13Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step FloorsRow 12 - Cell 2
14Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 13 - Cell 2
15Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 14 - Cell 2
16Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 15 - Cell 2
17Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 16 - Cell 2
18Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 17 - Cell 2
19Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:29
20Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-ScottRow 19 - Cell 2
21Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-ScottRow 20 - Cell 2
22Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 21 - Cell 2
23Michael Albasini (Swi) Mitchelton-ScottRow 22 - Cell 2
24Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team0:00:33
25Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 27 - Cell 2
29Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:00:36
30Kristijan Koren (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 29 - Cell 2
31Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 30 - Cell 2
32Hermann Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-MeridaRow 31 - Cell 2
33Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain-MeridaRow 32 - Cell 2
34Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:00:45
35Arthur Vichot (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 34 - Cell 2
36Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJRow 35 - Cell 2
37Davide Cimolai (Ita) Groupama-FDJRow 36 - Cell 2
38Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:46
39Willie Smit (RSA) Katusha-AlpecinRow 38 - Cell 2
40Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 39 - Cell 2
41Simon Spilak (Slo) Katusha-AlpecinRow 40 - Cell 2
42Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 41 - Cell 2
43José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 42 - Cell 2
44Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:49
45José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:50
47Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 46 - Cell 2
48Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 47 - Cell 2
49Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 48 - Cell 2
50Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:53
51Thomas Leezer (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 50 - Cell 2
52Koen Bouwmam (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 51 - Cell 2
53Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 52 - Cell 2
54Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:00:58
55John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-SegafredoRow 54 - Cell 2
56Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 55 - Cell 2
57Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 56 - Cell 2
58Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 57 - Cell 2
59Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 58 - Cell 2
60Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 59 - Cell 2
61Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 60 - Cell 2
62Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:59
63Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky0:01:02
64Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team SkyRow 63 - Cell 2
65Diego Rosa (Ita) Team SkyRow 64 - Cell 2
66Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team SkyRow 65 - Cell 2
67Sebastian Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 66 - Cell 2
68Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:01:05
69Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 68 - Cell 2
70Taylor Phinney (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 69 - Cell 2
71Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 70 - Cell 2
72William Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 71 - Cell 2
73Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:07
74Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 73 - Cell 2
75Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 74 - Cell 2
76Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 75 - Cell 2
77Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 76 - Cell 2
78François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 77 - Cell 2
79Ian Stannard (GBr) Team SkyRow 78 - Cell 2
80Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:08
81Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:10
82Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 81 - Cell 2
83Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension DataRow 82 - Cell 2
84Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension DataRow 83 - Cell 2
85Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension DataRow 84 - Cell 2
86Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension DataRow 85 - Cell 2
87Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension DataRow 86 - Cell 2
88André Greipel (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 87 - Cell 2
89Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:01:12
90Nicolas Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data0:01:15
91Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:16
92Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 91 - Cell 2
93Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 92 - Cell 2
94Rein Taaramäe (Est) Direct EnergieRow 93 - Cell 2
95Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 94 - Cell 2
96Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue SportRow 95 - Cell 2
97Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue SportRow 96 - Cell 2
98Stefan Denifl (Aut) Aqua Blue SportRow 97 - Cell 2
99Edward Dunbar (Irl) Aqua Blue SportRow 98 - Cell 2
100Peter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport0:01:18
101Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:20
106Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport0:01:22
107Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team0:01:23
108Tim Declercq (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:01:43
109Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:44
110Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ0:01:55
111Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:02:00
112Alan Marangoni (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:02:01
113Masakazu Ito (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 112 - Cell 2
114Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 113 - Cell 2
115Filippo Zaccanti (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 114 - Cell 2
116Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:02:06
117Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:02:18
118Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:02:21
119Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step FloorsRow 118 - Cell 2
120Maarten Wynants (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo0:02:25
121Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:02:27
122Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:02:31
123Sho Hatsuyama (Jpn) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:02:40
124Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:41
125Michal Golas (Pol) Team SkyRow 124 - Cell 2
126Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team Emirates0:02:42
127Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:02:52
128Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa OviniRow 127 - Cell 2
129Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:02:53
130Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie0:03:04
131Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 130 - Cell 2
132Edward Theuns (Bel) Team Sunweb0:03:05
133Simon Geschke (Ger) Team SunwebRow 132 - Cell 2
134Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team SunwebRow 133 - Cell 2
135Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:03:17
136Matti Breschel (Den) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:03:20
137Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 136 - Cell 2
138Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:03:23
139Bram Tankink (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:03:27
140Omar Fraile (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:03:29
141Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
142Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 141 - Cell 2
143Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal0:03:43
144Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo0:03:49
145Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:03:53
146Calvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport0:04:33
147Sam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott0:05:06
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Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:20:18
2Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:20
3Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team SunwebRow 2 - Cell 2
4Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors0:00:27
5Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 4 - Cell 2
6Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:29
7Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain-Merida0:00:36
8Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:46
9Filippo Ganna (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:50
10Koen Bouwmam (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:53
11Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:58
12Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 11 - Cell 2
13Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky0:01:02
14Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team SkyRow 13 - Cell 2
15Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Team SkyRow 14 - Cell 2
16Sebastian Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 15 - Cell 2
17Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:01:05
18Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:07
19Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:08
20Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension Data0:01:10
21Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension DataRow 20 - Cell 2
22Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:16
23Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 22 - Cell 2
24Edward Dunbar (Irl) Aqua Blue SportRow 23 - Cell 2
25Magnus Cort (Den) Astana Pro Team0:01:18
26Daniel Pearson (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport0:01:22
27Filippo Zaccanti (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini0:02:01
28Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:02:06
29Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:02:18
30Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors0:02:21
31Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie0:03:04
32Calvin Watson (Aus) Aqua Blue Sport0:04:33
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Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bmc Racing Team0:20:18
2Team Sunweb0:00:20
3Quick Step Floors0:00:27
4Bora - HansgroheRow 3 - Cell 2
5Mitchelton - Scott0:00:29
6Movistar Team0:00:33
7Bahrain - Merida0:00:36
8Groupama - Fdj0:00:45
9Team Katusha Alpecin0:00:46
10Uae Team Emirates0:00:50
11Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:00:53
12Trek - Segafredo0:00:58
13Lotto - SoudalRow 12 - Cell 2
14Team Sky0:01:02
15Team EF Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale0:01:05
16Ag2r La Mondiale0:01:07
17Team Dimension Data0:01:10
18Direct Energie0:01:16
19Aqua Blue SportRow 18 - Cell 2
20Astana Pro Team0:01:18
21Nippo - Vini Fantini - Europa Ovini0:02:01

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