Roman Kreuziger second in GC with 2 stages remaining. Simone Ponzi retains lead in Tour of Slovenia after finishing second today
Roman Kreuziger second in GC with two stages remaining
Simone Ponzi retains lead in Tour of Slovenia after finishing second today
Pro Team Astana’s current fine form has continued in Switzerland, following on from Simone Ponzi's win at in the Tour of Slovenia yesterday. Fredrik Kessiakoff prevailed in today's seventh stage of the Tour de Suisse, a 34.3 km time trial, beating top-class Swiss specialist Fabian Cancellara into second place. Roman Kreuziger took 16th place in the time trial, leaving him second in the general classification, 50 seconds behind Da Costa.
“We are really happy with the team's overall result," said DS Dimitri Sedoun. “We took care of all the details in our preparations for this time trial, both in terms of the kit and with a long and in-depth reconnoitre of the course. Kessiakoff has got a phenomenal win here, especially considering he beat Cancellara, a four-time World Time Trial Champion and the top-ranked specialist in the world. Roman fought for the entire 34 km and has got himself a spot in the GC.”
“There are still two stages until the end and both are mountain stages,” Sedoun continued. “Tomorrow we probably will not see any big gaps opened up between the GC leaders, unless there are any major crashes. Sunday's stage, where the parcours is more demanding, will draw out all the fatigue that has built up over this Tour and will no doubt be full of surprises. As always, we will try to set the pace and we will only find out who has won this Tour de Suisse at the finish line in Sörenberg.”
Meanwhile, Simone Ponzi has retained the race leader’s jersey at the Tour of Slovenia. The Astana man got another excellent result in today’s stage, crossing the line in second place behind Daryl Impey.