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With an attack 30km from the finish, Fumeaux held off a 13-rider chase group to win the Swiss championships; his teammate Lang beat Morabito in the sprint for second

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26.06.2016 @ 21:01 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Jonathan Fumeaux (IAM) became a surprise winner of the Swiss road race championships on a great day for the local IAM team. Having attacked 30km from the finish, the young climber held off a select chase group to take his first major pro win before his teammate Pirmin Lang beat Steve Morabito (FDJ) in a sprint to make it a 1-2 for the Swiss WorldTour team.

 

Jonathan Fumeaux has long been regarded as a climbing talent but he has never been close to a big pro win since he turned professional. Hence, he went into today's Swiss championships as more of an outsider in the strong IAM team that was led by big-name riders like Martin Elmiger and Mathias Frank. However, Fumeaux grabbed his chance with 30km to go when he hit out in a solo move and with an impressive display of force, he held off his chasers to take the title.

 

The race was held over 10 laps of a 19.5km circuit in Martigny for an overall distance of 195km. From the 1st lap, the demanding circuit has created a quick selection. At the first passage of the line, 25 riders escaped. In the second lap, Mathias Frank took off in a solo move and he stayed clear until he was brought back during the next lap.

 

Next Patrick Müller (BMC Development) and Pirmin Lang (IAM) hit out and they got an advantage of two minutes before being caught shortly before the 6th passage of the line. Then it was time for IAM's Reto Hollenstein to take his chance. He stayed clear in a solo move for a while but there was general regrouping with two laps to go. 

 

IAM Cycling continued their aggressive riding and with 30km to go, Fumeaux went on the offensive. The attack paid off. After 195km, the Valais rider crossed the finish line alone. 44 seconds later, his teammate Pirmin Lang beat Steve Morabito in the sprint for second from a 13-rider group that included no less six IAM riders. A disappointed Fabian Cancellara (Trek) ended his final road race championships 3.57 behind the winner in 16th.

 

Fumeaux is not selected for the Tour de France so it is unclear when he will make his debut in his new jersey.

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