Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Events

Eisel takes stage 2 at Tour de Suisse; Cancellara leads

There were two races for Bernhard Eisel in Sunday’s 150km second stage at the Tour de Suisse — the first to try to win the stage, and the second to try to confirm a spot on Columbia-Highroad’s highly competitive nine-man Tour de France team. The Austrian sprinter achieved the first and went a long way toward securing the second after out-kicking the bunch in a tightly fought sprint to win Sunday’s romp around Davos.

Don't miss a moment from Paris-Roubaix and Unbound Gravel, to the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a España, and everything in between when you join Outside+.

By Andrew Hood

2009 Tour de Suisse: Bernard Eisel (Columbia-Highroad) sprints to victory in stage 2.

2009 Tour de Suisse: Bernard Eisel (Columbia-Highroad) sprints to victory in stage 2.

Photo: Graham Watson

There were two races for Bernhard Eisel in Sunday’s 150km second stage at the Tour de Suisse — the first to try to win the stage, and the second to try to confirm a spot on Columbia-Highroad’s highly competitive nine-man Tour de France team.

The Austrian sprinter achieved the first and went a long way toward securing the second after out-kicking the bunch in a tightly fought sprint to win Sunday’s romp around Davos.

“I went for a long sprint, found my own line and, above all, I didn’t look back until I crossed that finish line,” Eisel said. “It was a very technical finish. Fortunately (teammate) George Hincapie gave me a really good lead-out, so I was in a great position to go for it and go for the stage win.”

There were no changes in the overall, with Saturday’s prologue winner Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) retaining his 22-second grip on the leader’s jersey to defending champion Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas).

The course started and ended high in Davos, dropping down to a lower valley to Klosters and then looping back around, climbing a first- and a third-category climb in the final 30km to present a stiff challenge for the first day of racing.

Three riders — Javier Armendia (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Josef Benetseder (Voralberg) and Herve Duclos-Lasalle (Cofidis) — peeled away at 40km, but Saxo Bank kept them on a short leash, never allowing the trio to open up more than three minutes on the pack.

Their adventure was snuffed on the day’s first-category climb at Wiesen when Columbia-Highroad’s Tony Martin (another rider on the Tour short list) surged off the front in a dangerous play for the leader’s jersey.

The German time trial specialist started the day just 34 seconds back and quickly opened up a threatening 50-second gap before Saxo Bank scrambled its forces to organize a chase.

2009 Tour de Suisse: Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) enjoys another day in the lead after stage 2.

2009 Tour de Suisse: Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) enjoys another day in the lead after stage 2.

Photo: Graham Watson

Luckily for Cancellara, the sprinters’ teams looked around, saw their top riders still in the bunch and put fresh legs on the front to snuff out the move and set up a mass gallop.

“So far I am extremely happy the way things evolve and I’m glad to take a few bonus seconds under way on today’s stage. When Tony Martin struck late on the stage it was obviously a serious threat to the jersey, but the team was working perfectly all day and in the end we had complete control over the situation,” said Cancellara, who won for the first time of the season Saturday.

“The fact that the form has arrived just now makes it uncertain how far I can take it during this race. I am first and foremost happy about getting another day in yellow.”

With Martin safely back into the fold, the main pack barreled into Davos for the sprint.

Eisel, who hadn’t won since Paris-Bourges last fall, played his chances with a long sprint and had just enough in the tank to hold off Gerald Ciolek (Milram) and three-time world champion Oscar Freire (Rabobank).

“Tony [Martin] had attacked, and at one point we thought he was going to win the stage. But then after he had been pulled back, Columbia-Highroad set things up perfectly for a bunch sprint,” Eisel said.

“The only problem was that when I started sprinting, the line seemed like it was never going to arrive! I was nervous about Ciolek and Freire, too. They could have overtaken me right on the finish line. Fortunately I just managed to hang on. But it was close!”

The 73rd Tour de Suisse continues Monday with the 198km third stage from Davos to Lumino.

The course pushes south into Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Ticino region, tackling a first-category climb at 120km before driving over a fourth-category climb with about 15km to go to liven things up.

Photo Gallery

Results

Stage
1. Bernhard Eisel (A), Columbia-Highroad, 3:36:54
2. Gerald Ciolek (G), Milram, same time
3. Oscar Freire (Sp), Rabobank, s.t.
4. Francesco Gavazzi (I), Lampre, s.t.
5. Jose Rojas Gil (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, s.t.
6. Xavier Florencio Cabre (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, s.t.
7. Sebastien Siedler (G), Vorarlberg-Corratec, s.t.
8. Lloyd Mondory (F), Ag2r, s.t.
9. Enrico Gasparotto (I), Lampre, s.t.
10. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, s.t.

Overall
1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi), Saxo Bank, 3:46:12
2. Roman Kreuziger (Cze), Liquigas, at 0:22
3. Andreas Klöden (G), (Astana), at 0:25
4. George Hincapie (USA), Columbia-Highroad, at 0:27
5. Tony Martin, (G), Columbia-Highroad, at 0:34
6. Kim Kirchen (Lux), Columbia-Highroad, at 0:34
7. Maxime Monfort (B), Columbia-Highroad, at 0:35
8. Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe), Saxo Bank, at 0:36
9. Rui Alberto da Costa (Por), Caisse d’Epargne, at 0:35
10. Bernhard Eisel (A), Columbia-Highroad, at 0:39

Mountain Bikers React to Their First Taste of Non-Alcoholic Craft Beer

These local mountain bikers tried Athletic Brewing Company's craft beer for the first time, and you'd be surprised by their reactions.

Keywords: