Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) won stage 1b of the Tour of Slovakia. The Swiss time trial champion's time of 9:04 beat out the Deceuninck-QuickStep duo of Yves Lampaert and Bob Jungels by three and eight seconds on the 7.4km course in Bardejov.
Former Belgian TT champion Lampaert takes over the race lead after he finished six seconds up on Küng on stage 1a. Lampaert now lies three seconds up on Küng heading into stage 2, while Jungels is 11 seconds down.
Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) who sprinted to victory on the morning stage, crashed during his effort, losing 54 seconds to Küng at the finish.
QuickStep's Elia Viviani, third on stage 1a, finishing 24 seconds down on the winner, five seconds up on Maciej Bodnar (Bora-Hansgrohe) who was provisional leader before Jungels and then Küng shot to the top of the leaderboard.
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Daniel Ostanek has been a staff writer at Cyclingnews since August 2019, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later part-time production editor. Before Cyclingnews, he was published in numerous publications around the cycling world, including Procycling, CyclingWeekly, CyclingTips, Cyclist, and Rouleur, among others. As well as reporting and writing news, Daniel runs the 'How to watch' content on Cyclingnews and takes on live race text coverage throughout the season.
Daniel has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, and has interviewed a number of the sport's biggest stars, including Egan Bernal, Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Mark Cavendish, and Anna van der Breggen. Daniel rides a 2002 Landbouwkrediet Colnago C40 and his favourite races are Tro-Bro Léon, Strade Bianche, and the Vuelta a España.
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