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“It was for sure a hard TT. I raced a different race because I raced early but that’s how it is. I am happy about the performance and, yeah, I am okay with the result because I am not 100% healthy."

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21.06.2015 @ 20:21 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

It was the typical long and hilly individual time trial to end the Tour de Suisse and Fabian Cancellara blazed around his home roads to set the early benchmark for the 38.4-kilometer test at 48:55 (47.1km/h).


As seventh rider to start it was a long wait in the hotseat for Cancellara, and when teammate Bob Jungels – 14th from the end - crossed the line 22 seconds shy of his mark it was reason to celebrate, even though the final riders had yet to finish.



It was Jungels’ best time trial performance since turning pro – his Junior World Championship title still his best ride against the clock – and it launched him from 14th to 6th place in the overall classification.


“I am pretty dizzy, empty,” said Bob Jungels. “I left everything out there today and I am super happy with the result. I knew that I could make up a few places in the GC - I was hoping maybe top 8th or 9th - but now it’s a 6th place so that’s pretty fantastic!”


Cancellara’s time in the hotseat came to an end when Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) crossed the line 19 seconds faster, and when Simon Spilak (Katusha) came across moments later  - locked in a hot battle for the overall with Sky’s Gerraint Thomas – he was one second quicker and bumped Cancellara down one more step.


“It was for sure a hard TT. I raced a different race because I raced early but that’s how it is. I am happy about the performance and, yeah, I am okay with the result because I am not 100% healthy. Maybe I did 1 or 2 corners not so well, but out of 100 corners today I think two corners not doing right…that’s quite normal," he said.


“I felt good on the bike, but I didn’t have so much energy left.  Today is how my condition is, it’s not so bad, but I was not relaxed because I had a tough week. 38kms is not 180 so that’s the two big differences. I am happy that this is over and I am looking forward to a good rest.


“It was a nice feeling riding on my home ground and, of course, this gave me a lot of motivation and more energy, but still in the end you need to push a lot.  It was special to ride on some of the cobbled roads that I normally walk – this is five kilometers from my house – and to do 50km/h on roads I normally can only go 30, or at a walking pace, was a nice feeling.  It’s special because it’s not often I can race so close to home.”


An elated Bob Jungels, who finished in 6th place for the stage (+41”), landed his best GC result in a WorldTour stage race, which comes at a time when many riders are sporting top form in preparation for the upcoming Tour de France.


“I started really well, I didn’t make any mistakes in the corners. I had the split times of Fabian, which helped me a lot. I was really trying to go my own pace and not lose anything at the end. It all worked out," he said.


“The next goal is the Nationals, Thursday is the TT and Sunday the road race. But, first of all, I will go home to Luxembourg to see my family as it has been quite a while."


Simon Spilak took home the overall honors, five seconds ahead of Thomas, with Dumoulin rounding out the top three.


Fränk Schleck did not take the start of the final stage time trial a result of a painful knee, something that still lingers from his last crash. 



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