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Cancellara wins opening TT at Tour of Switzerland

Saxo Bank’s Fabian Cancellara may well have put a tough spring behind him as he scored an impressive win in the opening time trial of the Tour of Switzerland on Saturday. Cancellara covered the tough 7.8km course from Mauren to Ruggell, in Liechtenstein, in a time nine minutes and 21 seconds. Defending champion Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) was 19 seconds slower with Astana’s Andreas Klöden rounding out the podium at 22 seconds.

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Saxo Bank’s Fabian Cancellara may well have put a tough spring behind him as he scored an impressive win in the opening time trial of the Tour of Switzerland on Saturday.

Cancellara covered the tough 7.8km course from Mauren to Ruggell, in Liechtenstein, in a time nine minutes and 21 seconds.

Defending champion Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) was 19 seconds slower with Astana’s Andreas Klöden rounding out the podium at 22 seconds.

“It’s pretty special to win the first stage of your home stage race,” Cancellara said in a press conference following his win. “I know I can win big time trials like this, I’ve proved it several times, but it’s always great to win and pull on the yellow jersey.”

Cancellara won the opening time trial at the Tour of California in February but a crash in a subsequent stage of that race appeared to have knocked his spring preparation off track.

“I’ve been working specifically for the time trial for a week and felt really good during my ride,” he said. “When I first saw the course I really liked it, especially the last part with all the corners. At the intermediate point at the top of the climb I told myself to push it really hard all the way to the finish to gain extra seconds.”

Cancellara will wear the race leader’s yellow jersey during Sunday’s 150km second stage that starts and finishes in the Swiss ski resort of Davos.

“I’ll give it everything, even in the mountains, but I’m not a great climber like Kreuziger and the other favorites,” he said. “I’ll try and defend the leader’s jersey as long as possible but I know there are some tough mountain stages to come.”

  • 1. Fabian Cancellera (SUI), Saxo Bank, 7.8km in 9:21
  • 2. Roman Kreuziger (Cz), Liquigas, at 0:19
  • 3. Andreas Klöden (GER), Astana, at 0:22
  • 4. George Hincapie (USA), Columbia-Highroad, at 0:24
  • 5. Tony Martin (GER), Columbia-Highroad, at 0:31
  • 6. Kim Kirchen (LUX), Columbia-Highroad, at 0:31
  • 7. Maxime Monfort (BEL), Columbia-Highroad, at 0:32
  • 8. Heinrich Haussler (GER), Cervélo TestTeam, at 0:34
  • 9. Lars Boom (NED), Rabobank, at 0:34
  • 10. Rui Alberto da Costa (POR), Caisse d’Epargne, at 0:35

Results

  • 1. Fabian Cancellera (SUI), Saxo Bank, 7.8km in 9:21
  • 2. Roman Kreuziger (Cz), Liquigas, at 0:19
  • 3. Andreas Klöden (GER), Astana, at 0:22
  • 4. George Hincapie (USA), Columbia-Highroad, at 0:24
  • 5. Tony Martin (GER), Columbia-Highroad, at 0:31
  • 6. Kim Kirchen (LUX), Columbia-Highroad, at 0:31
  • 7. Maxime Monfort (BEL), Columbia-Highroad, at 0:32
  • 8. Heinrich Haussler (GER), Cervélo TestTeam, at 0:34
  • 9. Lars Boom (NED), Rabobank, at 0:34
  • 10. Rui Alberto da Costa (POR), Caisse d’Epargne, at 0:35