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TRIESENBERG-MALBUN, Liechtenstein (AFP) – Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk of the Rabobank team won the sixth stage of the Tour of Switzerland Thursday, held over 157.7 km between Tobel-Tagerschen and here.
American Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) was second on the stage and moved up to fifth overall.
Italian Damiano Cunego of Lampre retained the race leader’s yellow jersey after the penultimate day of climbing in the mountains to boost his chances of overall victory Sunday.
Early in the stage one of Cunego’s rivals, Colombian Juan Mauricio Soler, was transported to hospital for scans after crashing out of the race. The Movistar rider had been 54 seconds adrift in second place overall before abandoning.
The race continues Friday with a 222.8 km race from Vaduz in Liechtenstein to Serfaus in Austria.
It finishes Sunday with a 32.1km time trial in Schaffhouse.
- 1. Steven Kruijswijk (NED), Rabobank Cycling Team, 4:12:03
- 2. Levi Leipheimer (USA), Team RadioShack, at 0:09
- 3. Damiano Cunego (ITA), Lampre-Isd, at 0:18
- 4. Bauke Mollema (NED), Rabobank Cycling Team, at 0:21
- 5. Giampaolo Caruso (ITA), Team Katusha, at 0:21
- 1. Damiano Cunego (Italy), Lampre-Isd, 21:26:28
- 2. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands), Rabobank Cycling Team, at 1:23
- 3. Steven Kruijswijk (Netherlands), Rabobank Cycling Team, at 1:36
- 4. Frank Schleck (Luxembourg), Leopard-Trek, at 1:41
- 5. Levi Leipheimer (United States), Team RadioShack, at 1:59