Porte wins Tour de Suisse as Kung claims final stage

Richie Porte wins Tour de Suisse 2018

Stefan Kung won the time trial that ended the Tour de Suisse on Sunday as his BMC team-mate Richie Porte claimed overall victory.

Kung beat the Soren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) by 19 seconds after a 34.1 kilometre circuit around Bellinzona, with another BMC rider Tejay van Garderen 23 seconds back.

Porte finished one minute behind Kung but still won the Tour de Suisse at the first attempt, finishing ahead of two men who will be Tour de France contenders, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

“That was such a nervous and stressful stage,” the 33-year-old said. “It was one of those days where you are just happy to get it over and done with,”.

BMC won the opening day team time-trial and Swiss champion at the discipline Kung wore the race leader’s yellow jersey until the race hit the mountains where Porte took the lead on stage five and increased it on stage six.

Quintana went on the attack Friday to win the seventh stage, but the diminutive rider is ill-at-ease in a time trial and dropped to third overall.

Tour de Suisse 2018 – stage 9 results (Bellinzona – Bellinzona ITT):

1 Stefan Küng (BMC)


2 Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb)


3 Tejay van Garderen (BMC)


4 Maciej Bodnar (Bora-hansgrohe)


5 Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)


6 Pavel Sivakov (Team Sky)


7 Cameron Meyer (Mitchelton-Scott)


8 Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)


9 Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb)


10 Nelson Oliveira (Movistar)



Final general classification:

1 Richie Porte (BMC)


2 Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)


3 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


4 Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors)


5 Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)


6 Simon Spilak (Katusha-Alpecin)


7 Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb)


8 Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo)


9 Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates)


10 Arthur Vichot (Groupama-FDJ)



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