Astana's Lopez wins Tour de Suisse – Weekend Wrap

Tour de Suisse

Astana‘s Miguel Lopez has claimed the biggest win yet of his professional career as the 22-year-old sealing overall Tour de Suisse victory in a shortened ninth and final stage of the WorldTour race.

Lopez, the 2014 Tour de l’Avenir winner, became the seventh race leader after the Davos time trial and be finishing in the front group ensured his victory over Movistar’s Ion Izagirre and Giant-Alpecin‘s Warren Barguil.

“I decided to attack, and everyone was surprised,” Lopez said of the final stage won by compatriot Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling). “I knew that my opponents would try to attack me then I attacked myself. It went well!”.


Having started the final stage within eight seconds of Lopez, Cannondale’s Andrew Talansky dropped to fifth overall with Pantano moving into fourth overall.

In Saturday’s time trial, Ion Izagirre blasted the 16.8km Davos time trial course with the Spaniard reaching speeds in excess of 100km/h to dispose Fabian Cancellara from the hot seat. It is the second WorldTour stage win on Swiss soil in 2016 for the 27-year-old after his Tour de Romandie prologue victory. Wearing the yellow jersey, Barguil struggled across the course and slipped the fourth with Talansky and Izagirre becoming the closest challengers to Lopez ahead of the final stage.

Stage 4 winner Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Etixx-Quick Step) won the points classification, Antwan Tolhoek (Roompot-Oranje Peloton) the mountains classification, with Katusha the best team.

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