Stefan Küng wins stage 1 of the 2021 Tour de Suisse

Küng wins the opening time trial at the Tour de Suisse

Stefan Küng raced a perfect ITT on home roads to take stage 1 victory and the race lead at the Tour de Suisse.

by Kit Nicholson

photography by Cor Vos


Stefan Küng won the opening time trial of the Tour de Suisse to take the first yellow jersey on home roads.

Young specialist Stefan Bissegger (EF Education-Nippo) set the early benchmark and spent over an hour in the hot seat. The 22-year-old rider was the surprise winner of stage 1 at Paris-Nice earlier this year, and it looked for a while like his time around the Fraunfeld course might also be untouchable. But European champion Küng rode a perfect TT and finished four seconds faster than his young compatriot. Italian rider Mattia Cattaneo of Deceuninck-QuickStep joined the Swiss pair on the podium in third place.

There were no disasters for the GC favourites, with Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) finishing strongest in fifth place, and Neilson Powless (EF Education-Nippo), Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) just outside the top 10. Jumbo-Visma’s Tom Dumoulin made his return to racing with a creditable 16th place having not raced since last October.

Tour de Suisse (2.UWT) Frauenfeld → Frauenfeld

KÜNG Stefan
1
KÜNG Stefan Groupama - FDJ
2
BISSEGGER Stefan EF Education - Nippo
3
CATTANEO Mattia Deceuninck - Quick Step
4
SCULLY Tom EF Education - Nippo
5
ALAPHILIPPE Julian Deceuninck - Quick Step
6
RUTSCH Jonas EF Education - Nippo
7
STEIMLE Jannik Deceuninck - Quick Step
8
VERMEERSCH Florian Lotto Soudal
10
DENNIS Rohan INEOS Grenadiers

KÜNG Stefan

KÜNG Stefan

KÜNG Stefan

BISSEGGER Stefan

EF Education - Nippo

Tour de Suisse (2.UWT) Frauenfeld → Frauenfeld

KÜNG Stefan
1
KÜNG Stefan Groupama - FDJ
2
BISSEGGER Stefan EF Education - Nippo
3
CATTANEO Mattia Deceuninck - Quick Step
4
SCULLY Tom EF Education - Nippo
5
ALAPHILIPPE Julian Deceuninck - Quick Step
6
RUTSCH Jonas EF Education - Nippo
7
STEIMLE Jannik Deceuninck - Quick Step
8
VERMEERSCH Florian Lotto Soudal
10
DENNIS Rohan INEOS Grenadiers

KÜNG Stefan

KÜNG Stefan

KÜNG Stefan

BISSEGGER Stefan

EF Education - Nippo

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