Nieve ninth overall in Switzerland

18 Jun 2017

Nieve ninth overall in Switzerland

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Mikel Nieve sealed a top-10 finish at the Tour de Suisse after the tough final time trial.

The Spaniard stopped the clock in 39 minutes and 14 seconds to finish 46th, leaving him ninth overall after a strong week of racing in Switzerland.

Salvatore Puccio led the Team Sky charge, finishing 19th, but nobody could get near stage winner Rohan Dennis (BMC), who won in a blistering time of 36’30”. Simon Spilak (Katusha) finished fifth on the stage to wrap up the overall title.

Tao Geoghegan Hart completed his encouraging week of racing with a strong 24th place on the lumpy 28.6km course to finish 14th overall.

Owain Doull also impressed in the test against the clock, finishing just three seconds behind Geoghegan Hart. The pair finished two minutes back on Dennis.
Geoghegan Hart putting the hammer down during his effort

Geoghegan Hart putting the hammer down during his effort

Brett Lancaster

Brett Lancaster

“We’ve had a fantastic group here, and they’ve been really good to work with.”
Sport Director Brett Lancaster was upbeat after the stage and praised Nieve’s performance across the week.

He said: “For a total non-time triallist - we’d call Mikel a pure climber - it’s not a bad ride, and the two guys who overtook him on the GC today [Ion Izagirre and Marc Soler] both produced killer performances. 

“We wanted Mikel to finish in the top 10 and he did that so we’re happy with him.”

Lancaster was also full of praise for Geoghegan Hart, who was one of the best young riders in the race.

“There was only one young rider in front of him on GC, which is fantastic,” continued Lancaster. “And maybe if he had followed on stage six when he went on the attack he could have made the top 10 as well.”

Lancaster also picked out Jon Dibben for praise: “Dibbo was struggling at the start of the week, he was the first one dropped on the first day, but he came through, got through the week, and he’ll be much better across the rest of the season for it. 

“We’ve had a fantastic group here, and they’ve been really good to work with.”
Tour de Suisse stage nine:

1. Rohan Dennis (BMC) 36:30
2. Stefan Kung (BMC) +29"
3. Damiano Caruso (BMC) +47"
4. Ion Izagirre (Bahrain Merida) +51"
5. Simon Spilak (Katusha) +51"
19. Salvatore Puccio (Team Sky) +1'29"

Tour de Suisse general classification:

1. Simon Spilak (Katusha) 28:37:11
2. Damiano Caruso (BMC) +48"
3. Steven Kruisjwijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) +1'08"
4. Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale) +2'37"
5. Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) +3'09"
9. Mikel Nieve (Team Sky) +4'47"
14. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Sky) +9'53"
Puccio on his way to 19th

Puccio on his way to 19th

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