Stefan Küng won his first European individual time trial title after he covered the 25.6km course, in Plouay, in 30 minutes and 18 seconds.
The Swiss rider was 17 seconds faster than Frenchman Remi Cavagna and 21 seconds faster than the Belgian Victor Campenaerts.
“My last race to date was the Critérium du Dauphiné, where we climbed every day”, Küng said. “So when I got back on my time trial bike last week, I really didn’t have a good feeling. Then it got better and better, and today I finally had a really good feeling on my bike. As soon as I left the ramp, I felt the legs were great, and it was fun from then on.”
“It was a typical course of Brittany, with quite a rough surface, twisty and with ups and downs. You just had to keep pushing and staying focused, and I like that! I like an honest time trial where you have to ride full gas from start to finish. I had a plan in mind and I was able to execute it perfectly. It was a great day, I had very good legs. My bike was also perfectly set up, so thanks to my mechanic and my team for supporting me.”
The rider will now head to the south of France, where he will be at the start line of the Tour de France in Nice, supporting Thibaut Pinot.
Earlier on the day, Anna van der Breggen was the fastest rider in the Women’s Elite competition. The rider completed the course in 34 minutes and three seconds, being 31 seconds faster than Ellen van Dijk and almost a minute faster than Marlen Reusser from Switzerland.